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Name: Jay
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Apr 29, 2017 3:42 PM CST
I have a couple of packs I harvested in 2015. Send me and address by tree-mail and will send some.
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RickCorey
May 1, 2017 12:36 PM CST
Baker Creek offered them one year, but they are not in the online catalog this year.

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PlantMania
May 1, 2017 1:31 PM CST
I am willing to assist in planting and harvesting seeds. I am just North of Stacy and have open area's where watermelons can run uninterrupted. The land has not been farmed (I know of in the last 15 years) and probably not even prior to that. We just purchased the land/home late last year and all of our gardens are in raised beds (not due to soil - just get cranky bending over) . Soil is well drained, pretty much sand after 6-12 inches. I have wet areas / full sun/ partial/full shade, I also have 750 gallons of captured rainwater waiting to be used during our summer heat.
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Name: Claud
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saltmarsh
Jul 17, 2017 8:49 AM CST
hokiefarmer said:

Friends,

I am also looking for seeds of this variety. I have seeds from a cross of this variety with “Citron Melon”, but no longer have pure seeds of “Schochler”. In the 50’s and 60’s my family was in the watermelon rind pickling business selling rinds in salt brine for further processing into pickles by northeastern pickling companies. We used Schochler as the primary melon variety for this business. I do have some pictures of the enormous melons we used to grow.

Any help anyone can offer would be much appreciated.

Thanks,



Sorry, I haven't checked in for a while. I grew "Schochler" in 2015, so the seeds I'm offering would have been for 2016. Seeds were purchased from Baker Creek and grew true to type. No problems with any disease and they were grown in isolation. Several local people made pickles from them and they were excellent.

Growing Tips: I planted on 7' rows with 8' between hills. 4 seeds per hill and thin to strongest 2 when they have true leaves. If you are growing in the south, when the fruit are 8 - 10 inches long cover the tops with straw to prevent sunscald. Sunscald won't harm them for pickles but will make them unmarketable for fresh watermelons.

SEED OFFER: PM your address to me and I'll send packets of 30 or 50 seeds free of charge. Please specify which amount you need in the PM.

This is a general offer and will remain open until I post it closed. Claud




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