Tailgate Seedless Watermelon is a hybrid, seedless watermelon variety with a deep red flesh and incomparable sweetness. This variety is known for having a high brix rating, making it one of the sweetest watermelon varieties you’ll find. It also has been noted to have a low percentage of hollow heart in trials, making it a consistent performer for backyard gardeners and small-scale growers.
Tailgate Seedless Watermelon produces fruits that have a a dark green, mottled exterior. The interior is a deep, beautiful red color with a firm flesh for superior eating quality. Fruits are slightly oblong and average 17-21 lbs at maturity. These are the perfect summer treat!
Seedless watermelons must be grown with a pollinizer variety for adequate pollination of the seedless plants. In each seed packet, we include 10 pollenizer seeds that should be grown in the same plot as the seedless watermelon variety. Whether direct-seeding or transplanting, plant one pollenizer seed for every three seedless watermelon seeds along the row. For best results, we recommend planting the entire pack of seedless watermelon seeds and the appropriate number of pollenizer seeds to satisfy the recommended 3:1 ratio.
Watermelons may be direct seeded or transplanted. For direct seeding, we recommend planting seeds every 12″ along the intended row to ensure a good stand. Once plants emerge, thin plants to one every 2 feet. Watermelons can be susceptible to plant diseases if excess leaf moisture is present. As a result, we recommend using drip irrigation on watermelons to reduce leaf moisture and feed plants more effectively. During periods of heavy rainfall, using a fungicide like Liquid Copper can help to alleviate disease pressure as well.
Watermelons also perform well when transplanted. In early spring, we recommend transplanting to get a jump start on the growing season. Watermelon prefers warmer temperatures for seed to germinate. By transplanting, you can have plants in the ground before the soil temperature warms enough to direct seed. We recommend starting transplants 4-5 weeks before the desired outdoor planting date.
Watermelon transplants grow great in our heavy-duty seed starting trays, where they develop a solid root ball with roots that are trained to grow downward. Plants are ready to go in the ground when they can be easily pulled from the cells in the seed starting tray. Watermelons are ready to harvest when the tendril near the fruit completely dries. The tendril can be found between the fruit stem and the fruit. It is usually curly and green, but will dry when fruits are ready to harvest.
Tailgate Seedless Watermelon Planting Information
Planting Method: direct seed or transplant
When to Plant: after last frost
Planting Depth: 1/2″
Seed Spacing: 24″
Row Spacing: 5-6′
Days to Maturity: 85
Disease Resistance: Anthracnose, Fusarium Wilt
Roger Mathews (verified owner) –
Germination rate wasn’t very good with these. They were planted in a greenhouse as recommended by one of the video’s. Germination rate was 43-44%. The pollinator seeds had a high germination rate, about 95%.
I will know more about the flavor of the watermelon late in the summer.