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PlantFiles: Watermelon
Citrullus lanatus 'Moon and Stars'

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

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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:
81 to 90 days

Other details:
Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Soil pH requirements:
6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)

Propagation Methods:
From seed; sow indoors before last frost
From seed; direct sow after last frost

Seed Collecting:
Allow unblemished fruit to ripen; clean and dry seeds

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Gardeners' Notes:

Positive CurtisJones On Jun 11, 2008, CurtisJones from Longmont, CO wrote:

From your friends at Botanical Interests: This Amish heirloom was recently re-discovered by Merle Van Doren in rural Missouri. It was made available again in 1982 by the Seed Savers Exchange. Unlike any other watermelon you've even seen, this variety has a genetic pigmentation "defect" that creates yellow dots that look like stars scattered among larger moons on a very dark green rind and on the foliage. The unusual, but pretty spotting has no effect on the very sweet, red, absolutely delicious flesh. (Some varieties of Moon & Stars have different colored flesh.)

Positive kicomp On Jul 22, 2006, kicomp from North Yarmouth, ME wrote:

I started the seeds inside in May just to make sure they had enough time to ripen here in Maine. They are beautiful plants, green leaves with yellow spots. Mine have just blossomed. I can't wait to taste my first home-grown watermelon!!

Neutral smiln32 On Feb 4, 2005, smiln32 from Oklahoma City, OK (Zone 7a) wrote:

Approximately 100 days to maturity. Looks like someone splattered yellow paint on a dark green watermelon. :)

Neutral OhioBreezy On Jun 4, 2004, OhioBreezy from Dundee, OH (Zone 5b) wrote:

This is a heirloom watermelon, it is pretty, but I didn't find the taste to be there. I grew it again this year for the children :)

Positive melody On May 31, 2001, melody from Benton, KY (Zone 7a) wrote:

This is an open pollinated plant. This means that you can save the seeds and they will produce the same plant next year.

These beautiful melons are some of the oddest that you can grow. The melons are dark green with yellow specks(stars) and larger spots (moons). Mine will get to about 25-30 pounds in a year with plenty of water.

The foliage is unique also,as the yellow spots continue onto the leaves.


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

Fair Oaks, California
Los Angeles, California
Oakhurst, California
Longmont, Colorado
Washington, District Of Columbia
Valdosta, Georgia
Glen Ellyn, Illinois
Anderson, Indiana
Wichita, Kansas
Benton, Kentucky
North Yarmouth, Maine
Ellicott City, Maryland
Laurel, Mississippi
Purvis, Mississippi
Saucier, Mississippi
Columbia, Missouri
Kannapolis, North Carolina
Dundee, Ohio
Soddy Daisy, Tennessee
Cibolo, Texas
Kennewick, Washington
New Milton, West Virginia

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