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PlantFiles: Watermelon
Citrullus lanatus 'Sugar Baby'

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

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6-12 in. (15-30 cm)

8-10 ft. (2.4-3 m)

Sun Exposure:
Full Sun

Bloom Color:
Bright Yellow

Days to Maturity:
71 to 80 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:
Allow unblemished fruit to ripen; clean and dry seeds

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4 positives
1 neutral
2 negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Positive DAKOTA31400 On Jul 12, 2011, DAKOTA31400 from Petersburg, ND (Zone 3a) wrote:

Container Friendly, 5 gallon buckets, 2 plants/pot..yields 1-2 mellons per plant. Pest free. Mellons 3-4 lbs, made in heaven.

Positive aardvark7 On Dec 12, 2009, aardvark7 from Fort Worth, TX (Zone 7b) wrote:

Grew well and produced several dinner plate sized melons for us in 7b. Good flavor and compact size for storing in refrigerator.

Negative cowtrailrd On Aug 17, 2009, cowtrailrd from Shawnee, OK wrote:

produced few melons and they were small.

Neutral WillowWasp On Jul 5, 2009, WillowWasp from Jones Creek, TX (Zone 9a) wrote:

Takes just as much time and effort to grow this one as the larger ones so why go so much smaller. I would only recommed this one if you had limited space. Other wise go for the bigger melons and save alot of effort.

It did have good taste and texture was so so, I did let some go a few days more than they should and they were grainy and didn't have good flavor.
I may try them again since my yead is soooo much smaller and I don't have the room I use to.

Positive ByndeweedBeth On Sep 30, 2008, ByndeweedBeth from scio, oregon, OR (Zone 8a) wrote:

These grow really good in the Willamette Valley, and are tasty.

Negative Gabrielle On Mar 20, 2007, Gabrielle from (Zone 5a) wrote:

These haven't done well for me in zone 5.

Positive Farmerdill On Nov 3, 2003, Farmerdill from Augusta, GA (Zone 8a) wrote:

Sugar baby was one of the frst "icebox" melons to become popular. A small round dark green melon, which resembles a miniature Black Diamond or Cannonball. Averages about 8 lbs. It is prolific and has good taste and texture. It is only a shade earlier than its big brothers, however


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

Mobile, Alabama
Mountain View, California
Oceanside, California
Roseland, California
Hollywood, Florida (2 reports)
Miami, Florida
Monticello, Florida
Oviedo, Florida
Pensacola, Florida
Augusta, Georgia
Cumming, Georgia
Saint Simons Island, Georgia
Indianapolis, Indiana
Lansing, Kansas
Bethelridge, Kentucky
Chalmette, Louisiana
New Orleans, Louisiana
Livonia, Michigan
Whitmore Lake, Michigan
Bingham Lake, Minnesota
Buffalo, Minnesota
Minneapolis, Minnesota
Laurel, Mississippi
Lucedale, Mississippi
Greeley, Nebraska
Greenville, New Hampshire
Horse Shoe, North Carolina
Shawnee, Oklahoma
Scio, Oregon
Jonesville, South Carolina
Greeneville, Tennessee
Soddy Daisy, Tennessee
Cibolo, Texas
Corpus Christi, Texas
Fort Worth, Texas
Freeport, Texas
Houston, Texas
Mesquite, Texas
Troy, Virginia
Virginia Beach, Virginia
Kennewick, Washington

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