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PlantFiles: Watermelon
Citrullus lanatus 'Ali Baba'

Family: Cucurbitaceae (koo-ker-bih-TAY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Citrullus (SIT-ruh-lus) (Info)
Species: lanatus (la-NA-tus) (Info)
Cultivar: Ali Baba

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4 members have or want this plant for trade.


6-12 in. (15-30 cm)

10-12 ft. (3-3.6 m)

Sun Exposure:
Full Sun

Bloom Color:
Bright Yellow

Days to Maturity:
81 to 90 days
91 to 100 days
101 to 110 days

Other details:
This plant is attractive to bees, butterflies and/or birds
Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Soil pH requirements:
6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)
6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)

Propagation Methods:
From seed; direct sow after last frost

Seed Collecting:
Properly cleaned, seed can be successfully stored

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1 positive
No neutrals
1 negative

Gardeners' Notes:

Positive LilyLover_UT On Dec 10, 2010, LilyLover_UT from Ogden, UT (Zone 5b) wrote:

This was a productive and delicious watermelon in my garden. I will grow it again.

Negative Indy On Dec 6, 2006, Indy from Alexandria, IN (Zone 6a) wrote:

I grew this one one year. It produced nice sized melons that were very simular looking to Charlston Gtay....but mine were not very sweet or flavorable when well ripe.


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

Durham, California
Alexandria, Indiana
Coatesville, Pennsylvania

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