El Capitan (Hybrid)


El Capitan is a new triploid watermelon with an attractive darker Crimson Sweet rind pattern. This variety has shown excellent yield potential for growers as well as extended shipping and field holding ability. Uniform, blocky-shaped fruit on vigorous vines also feature numerous consumer benefits including deep red, firm flesh, small pip size and excellent flavor.

  • Excellent Yield Potential
  • Darker Crimson Sweet Attractive Rind Pattern
  • Deep Red Flesh with very small pip size
  • Very Firm Flesh with good potential for the fresh-cut market
  • Experimental# SWT8009
  • Patent Pending

Disease Key

Co Anthracnose Colletotrichum orbiculare
Fon Fusarium wilt Fusarium oxysporum f.sp. niveum
Db Gummy stem blight Didymella bryoniae
ZYMV Zucchini yellow mosaic Zucchini yellow mosaic potyvirus

Resistance Terminology

HR = High resistance: plant varieties that highly restrict the growth and development of the specified pest or pathogen under normal pest or pathogen pressure when compared to susceptible varieties. These plant varieties may, however, exhibit some symptoms or damage under heavy pathogen or pest pressure.

IR = Intermediate resistance: plant varieties that restrict the growth and development of the specified pest or pathogen, but may exhibit a greater range of symptoms or damage compared to “highly resistant” varieties. Intermediately resistant plant varieties will still show less severe symptoms or damage than susceptible plant varieties when grown under similar environmental conditions and/or pathogen or pest pressure.

T = Tolerance: The ability of a plant variety to endure abiotic stress without serious consequences for growth, appearance and yield.