- Botanical Name
- Citrullus lanatus
- Tender annual
- 1 to 2 feet
- 3 to 20 feet
- Red and yellow flesh, maturing in 70 (early) to 85 days, seedless varieties available, 6 to 25 pounds
- Full sun
- Moist, well-drained, organic, warm
- Planting & Care
- Watermelons germinate in warm temperatures of 60F to 95F
- Direct seed after last frost and the soil has warmed to an ideal 70F and above. Plant seeds in hills 1/2 inch deep, 6 seeds per hill. Thin to 2 to 3 plants per hill. Space hills 4 to 6 feet apart.
- Or sow seeds in rows - spacing plants 3 feet apart and rows 8 feet apart
- When growing in areas with cooler temperatures or a shorter growing season, select varieties that are fast growing or start plants indoors 3 to 4 weeks before planting outside
- When starting indoors, plant seed in individual peat pots so not to damage this plant's tender roots. Melons do not transplant well when their roots are disturbed. Set 2 to 3 plants per hill. Space hills 4 to 6 feet apart. Or set in rows, spacing plants 3 feet apart in rows 8 feet apart.
- Mulch soil around plants to retain moisture and suppress weeds
- Use a floating row cover to protect young plants from a late frost, to combat insects and to warm the soil. Remove once plants begin to flower to allow for bees to pollinate.
- Powdery mildew, cucumber mosaic virus, squash vine borer, striped cucumber beetle, aphids, scab, flea beetles, fusarium wilt
- Sweet Favorite - 20 pound fruit
- Golden Crown - early, skin is yellow when ripe
- Cotton Candy - seedless, red, 15-20 pound fruit
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