In the interest of saving space and providing novelty, some growers have been experimenting with growing fruit within a shaped mold. A form is made in the appropriate shape and the immature fruit is secured inside. As the fruit grows it fills the form. Pictured on the right is a watermelon grown with such methods.
These fruits are ideal for conserving refrigerator space and are advantageous for packaging. In other countries growers receive a premium price for such fruit.
Here at the display gardens we are experimenting with such ‘cubing’ methods on watermelon, squash, and tomato. A few different forms are on display. We look forward to seeing the results in the upcoming month.