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General information

  • Citrullus lanatus, Watermelon
  • Cucurbitaceae family
  • Sunlight: full sun.
  • Soil conditions: well drained, fertile soil.
  • Heat loving, vining plant.

Successful cultivars

  • Crimson Sweet (85 days) Classic large watermelon, dark and light green stripes. Sweet pink flesh.
  • Sugar Baby (72 days) Round, 7-8" diameter.
  • Orange Crisp (87 days) Seedless, orange flesh. 11" round green fruit with dark green stripes.


Common pests and diseases

  • Powdery mildew (pictured here)
  • Downy mildew
  • Cucumber beetle
  • Melon aphid

This publication was created by Master Gardeners Rick Judd and Gail Hermenau. Photos courtesy of Gail Hermenau.

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