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Citrullus lanatus

Family: Cucurbitaceae (koo-ker-bih-TAY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Citrullus (SIT-ruh-lus) (Info)
Species: lanatus (la-NA-tus) (Info)
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6-12 in. (15-30 cm)


4-6 ft. (1.2-1.8 m)

Sun Exposure:

Full Sun

Bloom Color:

Bright Yellow

Days to Maturity:

Unknown - Tell us

Other details:

Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Soil pH requirements:

6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)

Propagation Methods:

From seed; direct sow after last frost

Seed Collecting:

Allow unblemished fruit to ripen; clean and dry seeds


This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:

Tucson, Arizona

Pensacola, Florida

Benton, Kentucky

Union, Kentucky

Halifax, Massachusetts

Independence, Missouri

Lenoir City, Tennessee

El Paso, Texas

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Gardeners' Notes:


On Apr 2, 2003, ocimum_nate from American Fork, UT (Zone 5a) wrote:

This plant is a warm season crop. It benefits from warm soil temps. This can be accomplished using a combination of techniques. Planting on a sandy soil is a major one. The sand will warm up more quickly than clay type soils. Also plastic mulches will help to get the soil warmed up. This works because solar radiation is trapped between the plastic and the soil. It also prevents evaporative cooling. Another way warm the soil is to increase its exposure to southern sun rays. This can be done by creating a ridge several inches tall going east to west above the soil line. This soil will warm faster and provide a good place for your watermelon seedlings.


On Aug 21, 2001, dave wrote:

This is a warm season vegetable, so sow after the threat of frost is passed.