4871 Affirmed F1 90 days. Oblong. 18-20 lbs. Uniform,
consistent yields. Flesh very crisp, dense,
sweet and bright red with inconspicuous pips. Rind
has dark green stripes on mid-green background,
with bright white shell providing sharp demarcation
around flesh. Widely adapted. Major market
appeal. Fresh Mkt, Shipping.
4885 Arcadia F1 88-90 days. Elongated. 23 lbs. Vibrant
rind pattern and standout proportions. Flesh
is dark red, very crisp and firm with great sweetness
and rich flavor. Extra firmness is excellent candidate
for cut melon market. Early with high yield
potential reported. Tolerant A1·3, F0·1. Fresh Mkt,
Shipping, Contract Growing.
4884 Extazy F1 82-85 days from transplant. Round.
5-7 lbs. Icebox type. Exterior is dark Crimson Sweet
pattern. Rind is bright white and sharply delineated
from deep red, crispy, sweet flesh. Small pips.
Vigorous vine, spread avg 5-8', provides dense
canopy for sun protection. Potential for high yields
reported. Tolerant F. Fresh Mkt, Shipping, Garden
Harvest Moon F1
4876 Fascination F1 83 days. Oval. 16-20 lb. Large
fruited seedless. Very rich deep green rind with medium
Crimson Sweet type stripes. Interior is dark
red, very firm with small pips. Performed well in
yield trials across major watermelon areas of US,
with good fruit set. Good uniformity of size and
shape. Note: Fruit set under stress may produce
hard pips. Medium resistance F1, A. Fresh Mkt,
Fresh Cut, Cello Pack, Shipping.
4877 Harvest Moon F1 80-100 days from transplant
depending on area. Oval. 18-20 lbs. This
is a seedless hybrid with the mottled rind
pattern of the old "Moon & Stars" heirloom, a dark
green rind with bright yellow dots, discs and halos
suggesting the night sky. Compact 3-5' vines. Flesh
is sweet and crisp and can keep quality well on vine
or after harvest, hallmarks of the triploid hybrids.
Earlier, more productive, averaging up to 3-4 fruit
per plant. Fresh Mkt, Bedding Plants.
(M = 1000) 10 sd 50 sd 100 sd 500 sd 1000 sd 5 M
4871 Affirmed 5.25 20.80 33.40 135.00 213.70 207.15
4885 Arcadia 5.75 22.75 36.50 147.60 241.15 229.70
4884 Extazy 6.85 27.10 43.40 175.60 286.95 260.55
4876 Fascination 14.65 58.15 93.20 377.00 616.00 565.95
4877 Harvest Moon 5.45 21.55 34.50 139.55 228.00 207.00
Important Notice To Watermelon Seed Buyers
Please read the important information on the back of the order blank. We must have your signature on the order form if you are going to order more than
1,000 seeds or 1 lb of a variety.
Waiver concerning all watermelon seed purchased from Otis S. Twilley, Inc.
(Growers, Brokers, Packers/Shippers)
In addition to the Twilley waiver agreement, a Nunhems waiver agreement must be signed for any Nunhems watermelon variety marked with the following symbol:
A Nunhems waiver form is in the centerfold of this catalog, and these forms can be downloaded from our website: www.twilleyseed.com.
We want to advise you that the bacterial fruit blotch disease of watermelons has again appeared in watermelon fields in many watermelon producing areas. This disease has been periodically
reported since its initial detection in 1989. Losses from this bacterial disease have ranged from minor to as high as 100% of the marketable fruits.
The causal agent of the fruit blotch disease appears to be closely related to Acidovorax avenae subsp. citrulli (synonym: Pseudomonas pseudoalcaligenes subsp. citrulli). The pathogen could
be seed-borne from the original seed lot, or result from other host infection. The disease has attacked many varieties of watermelon from different seed producers.
Although new testing procedures are currently under development, it is impossible to conduct any test procedures that will give 100% reliable results with regard to the identification of any
seed-borne watermelon fruit blotch infections. Work is being done by public and private researchers, seed companies and growers, to determine improved identification and control measures
and to develop statistically reliable testing procedures.
Work is also being done to determine if different varieties of watermelon, both diploid and triploid, have any level of resistance or tolerance to this disease. No varieties to date have been
identified as having any significant level of resistance.
The symptoms on young seedlings appear as dark water-soaked lesions on the lower surfaces of the cotyledons or the true leaves. These initial water-soaked lesions later turn necrotic and
may also have chlorotic halos surrounding the dead tissues. The lesions will also often appear on the hypocotyls of young seedlings, resulting in the wilting and death of these young plants.
The most dramatic and destructive phases of this disease are the fruit infections that occur much later in the growing cycle. The lesions on the top surface of the fruits appear as small, watersoaked
areas, which under the right conditions of high temperature and humidity, enlarge rapidly to cover most of the surface of the fruits. Fruit decay often follows. This later condition of the
disease cycle could lead to significant economical losses to the grower.
In cases where the pathogen is carried in the seed, the typical lesions described above will appear on the young seedlings within 7 days after seedling emergence. If no symptoms are observed
on the young seedlings within three weeks after emergence, it is unlikely that the bacterium is carried on the seed and that any subsequent infection is most likely from other sources. It is
imperative that each grower inspect the young plants during this early stage, in order to determine the presence or absence of these symptoms and to mitigate any potential economical losses.
Caution: Symptoms that appear on plants in the early stages of growth, and especially those symptoms caused by secondary infections, may not be evident on new foliar parts as the plants
develop. The pathogen, however, may still be alive in infected tissues, and may infect the fruits if favorable conditions of temperature and humidity prevail. Do not retain any plants that show
any symptoms at any time.
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