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PlantFiles: Watermelon
Citrullus lanatus 'Orange Tendersweet'

Family: Cucurbitaceae (koo-ker-bih-TAY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Citrullus (SIT-ruh-lus) (Info)
Species: lanatus (la-NA-tus) (Info)
Cultivar: Orange Tendersweet
Additional cultivar information: (aka: Orange Flesh Tendersweet, Tendersweet Orange)

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6-12 in. (15-30 cm)

10-12 ft. (3-3.6 m)
12-15 ft. (3.6-4.7 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; sow indoors before last frost
From seed; direct sow after last frost

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

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3 positives
No neutrals
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Positive midwestfarmwife On Nov 28, 2011, midwestfarmwife from Jamestown, OH wrote:

Orange Tendersweet is a large melon. In our zone 6 climate, we had a 27 lb. Tendersweet from direct sowing in hills. This watermelon is dark green with light green stripes and a very pretty orange inside. It needs 80-90 days to mature.

Positive wil05us On Sep 29, 2006, wil05us from Wells, ME wrote:

This melon is my favorite this summer, crisp, sweet, large, 35 pounds. This has hollow heart, which I really enjoy. Seems to hold on the vine longer than most.

Positive Farmerdill On Nov 7, 2003, Farmerdill from Augusta, GA (Zone 8a) wrote:

This is the stardard for orange fleshed watermelons. It is a long type melon with markings similar to the Allsweet type ( dark green with lighter green strips). Average size is about 30 lbs. Taste and texture are excellent. An added advantage over Orangeglo is that the rind is tough enough to allow marketing at local/farmers markets.


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

Mountain View, California
Augusta, Georgia
Wells, Maine
Troy, Virginia
Kennewick, Washington

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