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Default Good news from Floridian ancestors.

http://www.tampabay.com/things-to-do...t-back/2326737



Good to know there are still some "finds"out there.
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Thanks for posting this. What a great story!
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I want one.
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I contacted the chef and Laura (Reiley) re. the article which needs correction. I have a nursery catalog in my collection that listed Florida Favorite as late as 1948 (attached to this message) so the watermelon hasn't been lost for over 100 years. I don't have evidence for post-1948.

In addition, it is an impossible task to reverse-breed an open-pollinated variety even if you start with the same F1 line (Bradford X Georgia Rattlesnake).

The watermelon that the farmer-breeder has been working on is not even stable, yet. This is a great effort of breeding a new watermelon but the fruits are definitely not of Florida Favorite.
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Default Great forensic rechearch.

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I contacted the chef and Laura (Reiley) re. the article which needs correction. I have a nursery catalog in my collection that listed Florida Favorite as late as 1948 (attached to this message) so the watermelon hasn't been lost for over 100 years. I don't have evidence for post-1948.

In addition, it is an impossible task to reverse-breed an open-pollinated variety even if you start with the same F1 line (Bradford X Georgia Rattlesnake).



The watermelon that the farmer-breeder has been working on is not even stable, yet. This is a great effort of breeding a new watermelon but the fruits are definitely not of Florida Favorite.
Maybe these guys are not privy to this info "yet".Good to know,thank,ps still growing some stuff from your first seed offerings.
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