KIND: F1 hybrid watermelon (Citrullus lanatus (Thunb.) Matsum. et Nakai)
TYPE: Diploid All Sweet
MATURITY: Early (80 – 90 days from sowing in the warm season)
GROWTH HABIT: Trailing
PLANT VIGOUR: Strong
SEASON: Summer production
FRUIT WEIGHT: 10 – 12 kg
FRUIT SHAPE: Short oblong
INTERNAL FLESH COLOUR: Bright red
FRUIT DIMENSION: 25 – 30 x 40 – 45 cm
RIND QUALITIES: Dark green background with lighter green stripes
BRIX: Very high, 11 – 12 %
FLAVOUR: Excellent
UNIFORMITY: Very good
LEAF COVER: Very good
DISEASE REACTION (SCIENTIFIC): High resistance: Colletotrichum orbiculare (Co)
AVERAGE SEED COUNT: 20 – 25 seeds per gram
MARKETS / END USE: Fresh market
POPULATION GUIDE: 6 000 final stand per ha. (60 – 100 cm in row, 1.6 – 2 meter between rows)
SPECIAL FEATURES: Tends to resist sunburn

OUTSTANDING QUALITIES

  • DIPLOID ALL SWEET
  • EARLY MATURING
  • 10 – 12 KG FRUIT
  • VIGOROUS GROWTH HABIT
  •  GOOD INTERNAL QUALITY

Daytona is an early maturing All Sweet type F1 hybrid watermelon, with excellent yield potential. Fruit are uniform, short oblong in shape and weigh 10 – 12 kg. The medium-thick rind is tough, making it highly suitable for long distance shipping. Rind colour is dark green with thin lighter green stripes. Daytona’s flesh is bright red, firm, crispy, juicy and has an excellent taste and a high brix level of about 11 – 12 %. Daytona tends to resist sunburn and has high resistance to Anthracnose (Co).

SPECIAL VARIETAL REQUIREMENTS
• Plant populations of up to 6 000 plants per ha are suggested