Planting watermelon on Del Monte’s La Cueva plantation near Liberia, Costa Rica. The fields are prepared in parallel mounds covered perforated plastic with drip irrigation underneath. The grafted seedlings are then planted by hand, and then covered with a fabric to soften the sunlight, retain moisture, and keep out pests until the plants are about to flower. Pollination is by bees brought in to the farm, and the plants mature within 60 days, allowing two crops during the October-April growing season, for export to the U.S. and Europe. Last year Del Monte shipped some 1.5 M boxes of melons from Costa Rica.
Harvesting cantaloupe melons from Finca Filadelfia, for U.S. market.
- George Steinmetz
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