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Check out Bud's huge melons

The Pullen twins sample a slice of blue rhind melon, which weighed in at 41kg – close to a record for that variety. The Carolina cross in front tipped the scales at 65kg, some 83cm long with a girth of 153cm – the biggest grown yet by the girls’ father Bud Pullen of Nahrunda. The seeds for this melon came from the world record holding melon of 133kg, grown by Lloyd Bright, of Hope, USA.
The Pullen twins sample a slice of blue rhind melon, which weighed in at 41kg – close to a record for that variety. The Carolina cross in front tipped the scales at 65kg, some 83cm long with a girth of 153cm – the biggest grown yet by the girls’ father Bud Pullen of Nahrunda. The seeds for this melon came from the world record holding melon of 133kg, grown by Lloyd Bright, of Hope, USA. Contributed

GYMPIE Times readers met identical twins Corazon and Julia Pullen when we featured them in an article on February 21, 2009.

At the time, the girls were just three months old and fitted nicely into a 55kg watermelon with the flesh scooped out.

Now aged three, the girls sit atop the fruit.

"My father was an avid melon grower," the girl's dad Bud Pullen said.

"When I was a boy he told me his melons grew so quick that he put a skate board under them so their bottoms would not get damaged dragging along the ground.

"Well, in the USA, the great melon growers place a smooth board under them so they can move them easily.

"They also put a table over them to prevent sunburn.

"Our melon producers here spray their melons with sunblock.

"I think dad was having a bit of a lend of me."

One of the USA's award-winning melon growers with whom Bud has had some association, was starting to give him a few tips on growing the big ones.

"Big melons are in demand over there, commanding a price of $1 per pound.

"All things being equal, I suppose with the drought we had in the growing season, not a single drop of rain fell from the time the seedlings were planted out until the fruit was set and selected.

"When the fruit is about 50cm long, you pick the best shaped one and cut the rest off.

"Only one to a vine then you have to move the fruit backwards every week so it doesn't over run the stem and break it off."

Our melon producers here spray their melons with sunblock.

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