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Super Queen

Last update date: 
28.09.2021
Crop: 

Watermelon

Super Queen Watermelon variety
Maturity: 
70 - 75 days after planting
Color: 
Very dark and attractive rind, Bright red crisp and soft flesh

Features:

  • Sweetness : TSS 12% to 14%
  • Prolific fruit set & good yield.
  • Durable rind good for long-distance transportability
  • Very good shelf life
Yield Average yield: 22 MT/acre ( depending on season and cultural practice)
Size Personal Size Water melon
Shape Oblong fruit shape
Plant type Strong Vigorous Plant

Weight

3-4kg

Recommended States

Kharif MH,GJ,RJ,KA,AP,TS,TN,WB,BR,OD,UP,JH,AS,,TR,PB,HR,HP,UT,MP,CG
Rabi MH,GJ,RJ,KA,AP,TS,TN,WB,BR,OD,UP,JH,AS,,TR,PB,HR,HP,UT,MP,CG

 

Sowing / Plantation Season February to July

Growing period from sowing (number of days)

85 days if direct sown

Growing period from planting (number of days)

70 days if planted

Selection of the field/land preparation practices

Land selection - Soils with good nutrition (medium soil, loam to sandy loam). The soil must be having excellent drainage history. If possible use the land with a previous crop other than Cucurbitaceae.

Land should be well prepared.  1-2 deep ploughing followed by 3-4 rounds of harrows to get fine tilt. 

Before the final harrow, apply 8 to 10 MT well-decomposed FYM/acre along with 1kg Trichoderma for controlling soil-borne fungus.

Plant Population

5000 - 6000 plants per Acre

Seed Rate

300 - 350 Gm per Acre

Seed Treatment-rate of timing/ chemical

Seeds are treated with Carbendazim 2g + Thiram 2 g per Kg of seeds

Sowing Time

Late Winter, Early Summer, Summer

Sowing method

Seed Rate: 300 - 350 g per acre.

Sowing: Direct in the main field (it can also be transplanted. Seedlings at 4 leaves or 20 days old are planted)

Spacing: Row to Row and Plant to Plant – 120 × 30 cm (Single Row) or 240 × 30 cm (Double Row)

Fertilizer dose with timing

Total N:P:K requirement @ 80:100:120 kg per acre.

Dose & Timing:

Basal Dose: Apply 50% N and 100% P, K as basal dose during final land preparation.

Top Dressing: 25% N at 30 days after sowing and 25% N at 50 days after sowing.

Weed Control- Chemicals with doses and timing

Timely weed removal is very important, need based hand weeding can be done to ensure healthy crop. To complete this operation before fruit set

Diseases & Pest control- Chemicals with doses and timing

For effective crop, control apply fungicide as per recommendation from the Department of Agriculture (plant protection) to control Damping-off, Downey Mildew, Powdery Mildew, and other fungal diseases.

Apply recommended insecticide to control sucking pests, fruit flies, and any other insects.
Insecticide spray should not be done at the flowering stage (25 - 45Days) to enable honeybee activities for pollination.

For watermelon crop leaf minor, thrips, and the fruit fly are major insects. While Downy Mildew, Powdery Mildew, Wilt, Anthracnose, and Gummy Stem Blight are the major diseases. Timely control of insects and diseases will help to achieve excellent crop growth. Do not spray during the peak pollination period.

Irrigation Schedule

It needs regular irrigation. The irrigation interval and quantity need to fix to avoid fruit cracking.

In light soil and summer season, the irrigation frequency should be more.

Expected Yield of the variety

Average yield: 22 MT/acre ( depending on season and cultural practice)