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Old April 12, 2016   #16
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First watermelon to germinate and it is a Bradford! I may try hand pollinating, bagging blossoms, and saving seeds when things progress later in the season.
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Yay they actually sprout. Im so glad for you as 20 of the ones i had did not sprout.
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Yeah, I read that earlier in this thread. That stinks! I might do some hand pollinating and bagging of blossoms. If it works out you are welcome to have some seeds heirloomtomaguy.
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Yay! Good on you. I'm still waiting for mine to sprout. Christa can you explain how to do hand pollinating with watermelon? (I'm growing other melons as well as cucumber.)
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Well.....I usually just pull off 3 or 4 male flowers and rub them all over the inside of a female flower but because this time I am wanting to make sure that a Bradford female flower only receives pollen from Bradford male flowers, I am going to have to research the correct way of doing it. I suppose that I would need to find a female flower that hasn't opened yet, open it up, pollinate it, then bag the blossom. If anybody has any suggestions, feel free to let me know.

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Crossing my fingers for you that your watermelon seeds sprout ChiliPeppa.
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Crossing my fingers for you that your watermelon seeds sprout ChiliPeppa.
Yes, me too. Thanks Christa.
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Did you ever harvest Bradford watermelon? I saw the seed on their distributor's website and was wondering if the melon lived up to its marketing.
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I never harvested a single Bradford watermelon.
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I've recently read about the Bradford watermelon, a rare heirloom from South Carolina. Has anyone here grown it? I'd like to get my hands on some seed to try this season.
http://www.tomatoville.com/showthrea...light=Bradford

Drove thru area last year,restauran closed and merged.Maybe the farm who claimed has some.
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