Halbert Honey Watermelon
Developed by Mr. H.A. Halbert of Texas and introduced in 1902 by the W. Atlee Burpee seed house. Thirty years later the Steckler Seed Co. of New Orleans still called it “one of the best tasting melons on the market, a favorite”. Sweet pink flesh with a crisp juicy texture. The dark green elongated fruit has a thin, somewhat delicate rind.
- 85-95 days to maturity
- Dark green, elongated fruit with somewhat delicate rind
- Pink flesh with crisp, juicy texture
- Sweet flavor
- Tan-white tipped seeds
Like all watermelons, this is best eaten fresh. Serve chilled slices or cut it up into a salad with tomatoes and feta cheese.
Instructions - Sow seeds outdoors in 12" diameter hills after danger of frost has passed and soil has warmed. Space hills 8' apart in all directions. Seeds will germinate in 4-10 days. Can also be started indoors 4 weeks before transplanting out. Watermelons love heat and prefer sandy or light-textured soils.
- Direct Seed: 1/2" Deep
- Seeds to Hill: 6-8 Seeds
- Thin: To 3-4 Plants
- Light: Full Sun
Ratings & Reviews
Great results - Sweet crisp big watermelons!
Start early indoors. After setting plants out give lots of water. I mulch the melon bed with weed cloth so zero weeds. Bury some rotted manure a foot down under the plants. Then stand back. These grow fast. The melons are big. Very tasty. Easy to grow. I'm not an expert melon grower but have had easy success with Halbert Honey. I grow it every summer now here in Nebraska.
My grandmother told me her father grew Halberton Honeys in the twenties.
He would dig a hole and put a big shovel of horse manure in and cover it. Then plant the seed over that. I want to try this!
Sadly my grandmother has passed!