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PlantFiles: Watermelon
Citrullus lanatus 'Chris-Cross'

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

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Category:
Vegetables

Height:
6-12 in. (15-30 cm)

Spacing:
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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Profile:

1 positive
1 neutral
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

RatingAuthorContent
Neutral berrygirl On Mar 4, 2007, berrygirl from Braselton, GA (Zone 7b) wrote:

This melon is a great family heirloom from Montrose, Iowa. It was once thought to be lost but is being preserved by SSE. In 1950 Chris Christensen crossed Hawksbury and Dixie Queen and got this fine watermelon.

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

The Chris-Cross is an improved Dixie Queen. It has more disease resistence and is more uniform in growth. I even think it has a better flavor but that is somewhat subjective. It looks like a Dixie Queen, averages about 25 lbs, and has black seed. An excellent early melon.

Regional...

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

Augusta, Georgia
Radford, Virginia
Troy, Virginia



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