A recent watermelon introduction by Known-You Philippines promises to become another favorite of farmers in the North like Ilocos Sur and Ilocos Norte after planting the same in just a couple of seasons. Among the farmers who have been impressed by the new variety include Jessie Labarento of Tagudin, Ilocos Sur, Nick Manzano and Jose Legaspina.
They like the variety for very good reasons.It is a prolific variety, producing 3-4 fruits per vine in just 65 to 70 days from sowing. The fruits weigh 4-5 kilos each with yellow-orange flesh that is sweet and juicy. The plant is claimed to be vigorous and resilient to pests and diseases. The rind is thick so that the fruit has a good shipping quality. In Ilocos Norte where some farmers do direct seeding, they find Tiffany to have high germination percentage. They just plant one seed per hill.