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PlantFiles: Watermelon
Citrullus lanatus 'Scaley Bark'

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

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6-12 in. (15-30 cm)

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:
N/A: plant does not set seed, flowers are sterile, or plants will not come true from seed

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1 positive
No neutrals
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

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

Scaley Bark is a pre-1900 cultivar. It was quite popular in middle Georgia up through the fifties. Currently available seed appear to be mixed. Melons vary both in size and color. Major complaint of older Georgians was splitting in the patch. This strain does not exhibit that trait to any major degree. Taste and texture are ok, but nothing to write home about.

7/27/05. Found seed from one the older local folks. This is the one which they grew in in the mid 20th century. A smaller melon, running around 18-25 lbs for me. They have a blotchy mottled skin which is somewhat rough to the touch. And yes spliting in the patch is a problem. It is totally different from the Seeds by Design cultivar.


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

Miami, Florida
Augusta, Georgia

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