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The Carolina Cross Watermelon is a popular variety of Watermelon, which belongs to the Citrullus genus (Citrullus lanatus 'carolina cross #183'). Carolina cross #183 grows as an Annual and is a Fruit. Being an Annual, it tends to grow best over the course of a single year. Carolina Cross normally vine grows to a length/width of approx 3 meters x 3 meters.

Carolina Cross Watermelon needs a moderate amount of maintenance, so some level of previous experience comes in handy when growing this plant. Ensure that you are aware of the soil, sun, ph and water requirements for this plant and keep an eye out for pests.

A Guide to Growing a Watermelon "Carolina Cross "

Keep in mind when planting that Carolina Cross is thought of as tender, so it is really important to ensure that the outside temperature is well above freezing before planting or moving outdoors. Ensure your soil has a ph of between 6.5 and 7.5 as the Carolina Cross is a weakly alkaline soil loving plant.


Growing Carolina Cross Watermelon from seed

Most seeds will germinated in about 7 days. You can plant them where you intend to have them grow, so no transplanting is necessary, but for best control germinating them via an humidifier (heated fishtank or similar  device) is best, then when sprouted put them in a pot before to grow before transplating them into a patch. Ensure there is a distance 2.50 metres between plants when sowing direct, - bury at a depth of at least 1.0 cm deep. Soil temperature should be kept higher than 20C  to ensure good germination.


Transplanting Carolina Cross Watermelon

Ensure that temperatures are mild and all chance of frost has passed before planting out, as Carolina Cross is a tender plant. Three weeks is the amount of time to transplant out the Carolina Cross.


Harvesting Carolina Cross #183

Generally you will have fruit that can be harvested after another 2 to 3 months.  Approx 4 months from seed to harvest of fruit.

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