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Citrullus lanatus 'Georgia Rattlesnake'

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

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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; direct sow after last frost

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

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2 positives
1 neutral
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Neutral sevensuris On Jan 7, 2012, sevensuris from Perth
Australia wrote:

I have purchased some "georgia rattlesnake" seeds from a reputable seller here in Oz, however the seeds are brown and not white with black tips???? is this possibly the variety "garrison" ???? any info would be greatly appreciated, some of the pics on the net of "rattlesnake" look like they have brown/black seeds.

Positive essentialplanet On Oct 6, 2006, essentialplanet from Wilsonville, OR (Zone 8b) wrote:

Grew great in Wilsonville, OR, in very sunny location by south wall of house. I think this is one of the best tasting melons there are!

Positive Farmerdill On Feb 11, 2005, Farmerdill from Augusta, GA (Zone 8a) wrote:

Introduced in 1870, an old time very long shipping melon. Fruit is large, (25 - 30 lb)., light green with, irregularly mottled dark green stripes. The rind very tough; flesh bright scarlet, crisp and sweet;and the seeds all white with black tips. Some of today;s suppliers are selling the newer release Garrison as the Rattlesnake. It was still popular into the 50's but required good bottom land.


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

Monticello, Florida
Braselton, Georgia
Valley Park, Mississippi
Wilsonville, Oregon
Greer, South Carolina
Greeneville, Tennessee
Troy, Virginia
Kennewick, Washington

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