Watermelon, Bozeman (Organic)
Citrullus lanatus. 70-80 days.
Light-green skinned watermelon with some speckles. Oblong fruit are large (10-30 lbs) for such an early melon. Good flavor with pink-red flesh. Bozeman ripens well in our cooler Oregon summers with similar maturity to other early watermelons like Blacktail Mountain and Early Moonbeam. Thick rind enables long storage, providing delicious, crisp watermelon well into October. It is hard to grow good watermelons west of the Cascades in the Pacific Northwest, so it is great to have a variety that likes it here. The result of a breeding project initiated by Ken Fisher of Fisher’s Seed in Belgrade, Montana. According to his daughter Judy, Bozeman is a sister line selected by her uncle while the variety Far North was selected by her father. Thanks to Kendall Cikanek for the historical intel.
Sow indoors in 2-4” pots with good potting soil in May through mid-June. Transplant into the garden 1-2 weeks after sprouting to 2-3’ centers and 6’ wide rows. May also be direct sown when soil is warm. Young plants are sensitive, we recommend row cover to protect from insects and frost.
To save seed, scoop (or spit) out seeds when you eat the fruit. Rinse off and dry. For seed purity, isolate from other Citrullus lanatus by at least ½ mile.