Watermelons are some of the most quintessential summer fruits out there. There’s nothing quite like slicing open a juicy melon at the park or in your backyard on a hot summer day. When you think about that refreshing melon, however, what does it look like? It’s probably bright red, isn’t it? Believe it or not, it doesn’t have to be! There are several varieties of watermelon that, while green on the outside, actually have yellow flesh inside. One popular option is the Black Diamond Yellow Flesh melon. Keep reading to learn more about growing Yellow Flesh Black Diamond watermelon vines in the garden.
Yellow Flesh Black Diamond Info
What is a Yellow Flesh Black Diamond watermelon? The explanation is honestly pretty simple. Perhaps you’ve heard of the Black Diamond watermelon, a large, deep red variety that was developed in Arkansas and was very popular in the 1950s. This melon is its sibling, a yellow version of the fruit. In outward appearance, it is just like the red variety, with large, oblong fruits that usually reach between 30 and 50 pounds (13-23 kg.). The melons have thick, tough skin that is solid deep green, almost gray in color. Inside, however, the flesh is a pale shade of yellow. The flavor has been described as sweet, though not as sweet as other yellow watermelon varieties. This is a seeded watermelon, with prominent gray to black seeds that are good for spitting.
Growing Yellow Flesh Black Diamond Melon Vines
Yellow Black Diamond watermelon care is similar to that of other watermelons and relatively simple. The plant grows as a vine that can reach 10 to 12 feet (3-4 m.) in length, so it should be given ample room to spread out. The vines are extremely frost tender, and the seeds will have trouble germinating in soil that is colder than 70 degrees F. (21 C.). Due to this, gardeners with short summers should start seeds indoors several weeks before the last frost of spring. Fruits usually take 81 to 90 days to reach maturity. Vines grow best in full sun with a moderate amount of water.
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The only child of a horticulturist and an English teacher, Liz Baessler was destined to become a gardening editor. She has been with Gardening Know how since 2015, and a Senior Editor since 2020. She holds a BA in English from Brandeis University and an MA in English from the University of Geneva, Switzerland. After years of gardening in containers and community garden plots, she finally has a backyard of her own, which she is systematically filling with vegetables and flowers.
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