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PlantFiles: Watermelon
Citrullus lanatus 'New Hampshire Midget'

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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: New Hampshire Midget
Hybridized by Univ. of New Hampshire, Durham; Year of Registration or Introduction: 1951

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Category:
Vegetables

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

Spacing:
6-8 ft. (1.8-2.4 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

Profile:

No positives
1 neutral
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

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

I tried this cultivar in the 70's. It is very early taking only about two months from planting to picking. It is about the size of a cantaloupe (avg 4 lbs) and produces well. It is light green with a visible but irregular darker green striping. Pink flesh tends to become mushy when over ripe, which happens very quickly. I don't care for its eating qualities, but if one is desperate for an early melon?

Regional...

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

Troy, Virginia



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