4768 Madhubala F1 80 days. Oblong. 22-26 lbs.Very
early for this size class. Good combo of
fruit size, color, shape. Similar in shape and
rind to the Starbrite / SummerFlavor™710 types,
though growers have reported that fruit size is often
smaller. Rind pale green with vivid dark tiger
stripes. Flesh bright red. Strong plant vigor with
good yield potential. Tolerant A1.
4766 Madhuri F1 85-90 days. Oblong. 22-26 lbs. Good
combo of fruit size, color, shape. Similar in
shape and rind to the Starbrite / Summer-
Flavor™710 types, though growers have reported
that fruit size is often smaller. Rind pale green with
vivid dark tiger stripes. Flesh bright red, very fine
flavor. Strong plant vigor. Tolerant A1. Fresh Mkt,
4788 Royal Star F1 84 days from transplant. Oval. 21-
26 lbs. Rind shows distinct mid-green stripe over
deep green. Well protected by strong healthy vines
resulting in potential for high yield. Firm crisp
bright red flesh & thick rind for shipping, good disease
package for yield. Small seeded. Resistant Al,
Tolerant F1. Fresh Mkt, Shipping.
4804 Starbrite F1 85 days. Elongated. 22-31 lb. Capable
of producing high percent Jumbos for Roadside
markets. Vigorous vines. Rind is dark green
striped on green. Uniformly deep red flesh, crisp
and sweet. Good shipper. Medium Resistant A1, F1.
Fresh Mkt, Garden, Roadside, Shipping.
Royal Star F1
Watermelon Disease Codes
A Anthracnose & race #'s
F Fusarium Wilt
GSB Gummy Stem Blight
PM Powdery Mildew & race #'s
(M = 1000) 25 sd 100 sd 500 sd 1000 sd 5 M
4768 Madhubala 9.15 23.95 95.00 122.40 114.30 106.20 99.45
4766 Madhuri 9.15 23.95 95.00 122.40 114.30 106.20 99.45
4788 Royal Star 4.65 14.25 57.00 73.35 68.90 64.85 -----
4804 Starbrite 4.25 13.15 52.35 68.30 64.20 60.40 -----
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,
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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
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
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 watersoaked
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, water-soaked
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
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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