Triple Crown Watermelons
Sakata’s new collection of high-yielding seedless watermelon, including Charismatic, Kingman, Secretariat and Unbridled, offers triple the beneﬁt with the winning features of early or mid maturity, very ﬁrm ﬂesh and delicious ﬂavor. With a choice of size, dark or traditional rind, and maturity rate, picking a winner has never been so easy.
Belmont represents our first generation of mini watermelons and weighs in at 6-8 lbs. Belmont has a strong, vigorous vine and excellent yield potential. Fruit offers deep red, firm flesh and very small pips.
Charismatic offers early maturity coupled with firm, crisp flesh making this an easy choice for growers. Charismatic features strong, vigorous vines and has excellent yield potential.
Kingman is a 36-count watermelon that offers firm, crisp flesh and tiny pips. Plus, it has strong vines and high yield potential. Bright red, tasty flesh makes this a melon great for eating!
Secretariat is a beautiful 45-count watermelon that is early-maturing and very high yielding. It offers a smooth, medium-green exterior with green stripes and has a nice round-oval shape.
Unbridled has an 85-day maturity and has high yield potential. It boasts very strong vines and bears fruit with crisp, firm, tasty flesh.
Successful Triploid Watermelon Pollination
The pollination essentials to a profitable harvest!
By Nihat Guner, Sakata Watermelon Breeder
Watermelon pollination is essential to the production of fruit. A watermelon plant is a cucurbit and both male and female flowers are located separately in the same plant. In order to set fruit, pollen from the male flowers must make its way to the female flowers. Lack of pollen during full flowering of seedless watermelon plants will have negative effect on total yield and fruit quality.
Since the pollen in triploid male flowers is not viable and female flowers in triploid plants require viable pollen to set fruit, it follows that there must be separate seeded pollenizer plants available to provide pollen. The choices for today’s growers are harvestable or non-harvestable pollenizers. We recommend Ace Plus and Wild Card Plus (non-harvestable) and SWD8585 (harvestable).
Triploid watermelon is mainly pollinated by bees and other insects that hop from flower to flower and distribute pollen from seeded pollenizer plants to triploid hybrid plants. Because watermelon flowers open only for a short time, it is essential that bees and pollens are present during pollination. It is also essential that the full-flowering period of the seedless plants (which takes about 3-4 weeks) should match with the full-flowering period of the pollenizer plants, in order to have plenty of pollen available during pollination.
Lack of pollen during full flowering of seedless watermelon plants will have negative effect on the total yield and fruit quality. Therefore, early-maturing seedless watermelon hybrids should be combined with early and prolonged-flowering pollenizer plants to get high yield and quality watermelon production in commercial production field.