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Question by  elsewhen (627)

How do seedless watermelons continue to exist season after season?

if there aren't any seeds, how do you plant them?


Answer by  blahblah (670)

Every year, seed producers make the cross between two types of watermelons to produce new seedless watermelon seed. Tetraploid watermelon plants are crossed with diploid or normal watermelon plants to produce watermelons with triploid seed. The triploid seed produces seedless watermelon.


Answer by  catman529 (809)

Seedless watermelons are hybrid varieties, created from two or more different varieties, that will set fruit without pollination. No pollination = no seeds. The seed producers will re-hybridize the same varieties every year to keep a supply of seedless watermelons year after year.


Answer by  kathi (14)

You cross a watermelon plant with two sets of chromosomes with a watermelon plant with four sets of chromosomes.....with the pollenation abilities of bees. The result is a seed with 3 sets of chromosomes which produces a fruit that generally doesn't produce seeds.


Answer by  Anonymous

Genetic Modification. There are also various ways of planting plants without the need for seeds, which include and are not limited to grafting, budding and rooting.

Reply by catman529 (809):
Seedless watermelons are not genetically modified. GM plants actually have genes from different organisms such as animals inserted into their DNA. Sterile hybrid does not equal GM. Peppermint is a sterile hybrid between spearmint and water mint that rarely produces seed.  add a comment

Answer by  CarolynOsborne (2804)

Just like mules (cross between horse and donkey) can continue to exist even though each one is sterile. Essentially the seedless watermelon comes from genetically altered watermelon seeds that produce fruits that are sterile.

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