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PlantFiles: Watermelon
Citrullus lanatus 'Charleston Grey'

Family: Cucurbitaceae (koo-ker-bih-TAY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Citrullus (SIT-ruh-lus) (Info)
Species: lanatus (la-NA-tus) (Info)
Cultivar: Charleston Grey
Hybridized by US Department of Agriculture; Year of Registration or Introduction: 1954

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6-12 in. (15-30 cm)

10-12 ft. (3-3.6 m)

Sun Exposure:
Full Sun

Bloom Color:
Gold (Yellow-Orange)

Days to Maturity:
81 to 90 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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Gardeners' Notes:

Positive Farmerdill On Oct 28, 2003, Farmerdill from Augusta, GA (Zone 8a) wrote:

Developed by the Southeastern Vegetable Breeding Laboratory, Charleston, South Carolina, (1954). It is a good producer. It is not as sweet as newer varieties but quite good nonetheless. It was a favorite shipping melon in the 70's and 80's before the advent of 'Crimson Sweet'. A long type melon, it grows quite well on sandy soils and averages about 23 pounds.


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

Keystone Heights, Florida
Augusta, Georgia
Wells, Maine
Lucedale, Mississippi
Forest City, North Carolina
Horse Shoe, North Carolina
Kennewick, Washington

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