A Southern favorite introduced in 1923 by Hastings Seed Company of Atlanta, Georgia. Stone Mountain was one of the most popular watermelons during the 1930s and 1940s but now scarce. Round dark green fruits with sweet pink flesh average 30 pounds. Thick rinds resist splitting making it a good choice for shipping or storage. Rind is excellent for pickling. (80-95 days) CERTIFIED ORGANIC
Each packet contains approximately 25 seeds.
Planting and Harvesting Tips:
Choose a planting site with full sun, well-drained soil and good air circulation. A gentle, south-facing slope is ideal. Sow 1/2 inch deep after the last frost and temperatures are warm. Space plants 12-inches apart, in rows 6-feet apart. Small bush varieties may be spaced 3-feet apart. Keep soil moist at all times.
Fruits are ready to harvest when stems turn from green to brown and begin to dry. In addition, look for the underside — where the fruit rests on the ground — to turn from a greenish white to yellow or cream colored. Cut from vines with at least one inch of stem attached.