Watermelon 'Shiny Boy F1'
2010 AAS Vegetable Award Winner

This AAS Winner has sweet tropical flavor and crisp texture. A red fleshed melon with dark seeds; this globe-shaped melon weighed about 20 pounds, some larger. The hybrid plants are vigorous; vines can grow up to 12 feet. Judges noted a high yield and generally healthy plants, tolerant of severe weather. Earlier than other varieties, plan to check plants for mature fruit about 75 days from transplanting. Grow successfully in any geographic region with warm summer growing conditions.

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AAS Winner Primary Details
Award: AAS Vegetable Award Winner
Award Type: National Winner
Class: Watermelon
Variety Name: 'Shiny Boy F1'
Genus: Citrullus
Species: lanatus
Year: 2010
Common Name: Watermelon
Type: Vegetables
Breeder: Known-You Seed Co. Ltd.
Close Market Comparison: ‘Sweet Favorite,’ ‘Starlight,’ and ‘Delta’
Plant Needs
Duration Type: Annual
Light Needs: Full sun
Water Needs: Normal
Season Type: Warm Season
Staking Required: NO
Plant Characteristics
Foliage Color: Green
Plant Habit: Vining
Plant Height: Short: Under 10"
Garden Spacing: 8 to 10 feet
Days To Harvest (Sowing Seed): 90 days
Days To Harvest (Transplant): 75 days
Fruit Color (Harvest): Dark green rind with thick wide stripes and deep red flesh
Fruit Shape: Globe shaped
Fruit Size: 12 1/4" by 10 3/4"
Fruit Weight: 20 pounds or larger
Fruit Flavor Description: Sweet tropical flavor, firm and crisp
Plant Spread: 155 iinches
Disease Resistances or Tolerances: Good disease tolerance

How to Grow

In northern areas, sow seed 4 weeks prior to last frost date. Sow seed directly into peat pots filled with soilless mix that has been well-watered and allowed to drain. Cover with media and maintain 75°F. Wrap in plastic to maintain uniform moisture. Germination will occur in 7 to 14 days. Keep warm, transplant after soil and air temperatures warm or protect from cool night temperatures. In areas with long growing seasons, seed may be sown directly into prepared garden soil.

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