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watermelon grape seeds

Watermelon grape seeds

Watermelon is a classic summertime treat. For over 5000 years, people have enjoyed its sweet, juicy, coolness on a hot day – originally in the Kalahari Desert in Africa where watermelon was first domesticated as a convenient way to store and transport water.

The seemingly impossible feat of saving seeds from plants that don’t produce seeds is actually not as unnatural as you might expect. No, it isn’t genetic engineering. The technique is widely used in conventional horticulture, and has been known for 80 years.

In the animal kingdom, the best analogy is the mule. A cross between a horse and a donkey, mules are strong and docile, but they cannot make more mules. By crossing two sets of genes (horse and donkey) that are similar enough to be compatible, but not actually the same, we get an animal whose reproductive parts are sterile.

Watermelon grape seeds

Today’s Wonder of the Day was inspired by Ashley from AL. Ashley Wonders, “How do seedless watermelons grow?” Thanks for WONDERing with us, Ashley!

If you think about it, are seedless fruits really fruits? As any botanist will tell you, the scientific definition of a fruit is a flowering plant ‘s mature organ that contains seeds. If that organ doesn’t contain seeds, can it really be considered a fruit ?

The answer is no! You can’t plant a seedless fruit , because the plants that produce them don’t occur in nature because they’re sterile. That means they can’t reproduce. So how do we get seedless fruits? They have to be made.

Watermelon grape seeds

The elongated fruits can grow to up to 2 feet (60 cm) long and have a grey-green skin; inside the flesh is pinky-orange and is perfectly crisp and juicy.

Growing more like a pumpkin or squash, the plant needs to be allowed to sprawl in as sunnier spot as possible – ideally under protection (greenhouse, polytunnel or similar) though a really warm and sunny sheltered spot outside should also be fine.

Dating back to the 1950's, this variety has long been popular in the US. Over here it is probably the one thing that causes the most surprise with visitors to our nursery when they see them growing here. "You can't grow watermelons in the UK can you?" The answer is of course yes!

Recommended by the RHS to be an excellent attractant and nectar source for bees and other beneficial insects.