Watermelon
Citrullus lanatus 'Cobb Gem'

Family: Cucurbitaceae (koo-ker-bih-TAY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Citrullus (SIT-ruh-lus) (Info)
Species: lanatus (la-NA-tus) (Info)
Cultivar: Cobb Gem
Additional cultivar information:(aka Kolb's Gem, State Fair, American Champion)
Hybridized by Kolb
Registered or introduced: circa 1880
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Category:

Vegetables

Height:

6-12 in. (15-30 cm)

Spacing:

12-15 ft. (3.6-4.7 m)

Sun Exposure:

Full Sun

Bloom Color:

Pale Yellow

Days to Maturity:

Unknown - Tell us

Other details:

Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Requires consistently moist soil; do not let dry out between waterings

Soil pH requirements:

6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)

6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)

Propagation Methods:

From seed; sow indoors before last frost

From seed; direct sow after last frost

Seed Collecting:

Properly cleaned, seed can be successfully stored

Regional

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

Barnesville, Ohio

Gardeners' Notes:

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Neutral

On Nov 4, 2003, Farmerdill from Augusta, GA (Zone 8a) wrote:

This melon has been sold under all three names by different seed companies. It was the premier show melon prior to the introduction of Carolina Cross. It is a pretty melon which will grow to well over a hundred lbs. It won't win any prizes for taste. Seedfest gives an interesting history of this melon.