Blacktail Mountain – One Drop Farm

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Blacktail Mountain

$3.75

Sold in “hills” (meaning 3-4 plants per pot)

1-10: $3.75 each / 11-19: $3.50 each / 20+: $3.25 each (discounted price will be reflected at checkout)

If you have been wary to try watermelons, resist no more! I have long sought a reliable watermelon for our climate. I think you’ll be happy with this! Matures early, isn’t fussy about our cool end of summer nights. This description from Fedco Seeds says it all. “At age 17 cucurbit aficionado and future eminent seedsman Glenn Drowns took on his 4-year project to breed a watermelon that would withstand the rigors of his mountainous northern Idaho climate and ripen before first frost despite summer nighttime temperatures that averaged 43°. No wonder Blacktail Mountain is the earliest variety extant, among the hardiest, best adapted to a variety of conditions, and even stores after harvest as long as any.” Averages a nice 8–12 lbs, but can get up to 18 with great care.

Fruits are dark green, almost black, with faint stripes, flesh orange-red like a Sugar Baby only with a cleaner more pleasing texture, very sweet, juicy and crunchy. 71 days. Open-pollinated.

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GLOSSARY:
Indeterminate = Plants continue flowering and fruiting throughout the season so are taller and need to be staked.
Determinate = Plants tend to load with fruit within a window of time (which is usually the length of our short season in Maine anyway) – nice for canning! I would still stake these, but an average tomato cage is plenty tall and strong enough.
Days to maturity = (ex. 55 days green, 75 days red) general estimated days from transplanting until first fruit maturity. The example above means the pepper will be edible green by 55 days from transplant, if you leave it on the plant, it will be red ripe by 75 days. This number is somewhat variable for each garden and seasonal conditions.

We source our seed from reputable and ethically sound sources preferring organically grown seed. Never treated. Never GMO. No Monsanto or Seminis varieties (sorry, Early Girl tomato lovers – you’ll want Bloody Butcher, also an early variety and every bit as good, if not better).

*Note: Our seedlings are raised organically! We offer mostly open-pollinated varieties (the seeds saved will grow true to type) with a few favorite hybrid varieties. Hybrids are in no way, shape or form genetically engineered! (There are no GMOs on our farm!) It simply means a plant of one variety pollinates another variety. It happens in nature every day and breeders have been using this technique for hundreds of years. Some hybrids have been stabilized and have become some of our favorite open pollinated varieties. It is vital to preserve our open-pollinated heirlooms. It is also fun to explore and enjoy the added vigor and disease resistance that hybrids offer. While the seeds you save from a hybrid variety will not grow to be exactly like the plant you saved them from, they contain a smorgasbord of traits from the parent plants that might show up in delicious new ways.