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PlantFiles: Watermelon
Citrullus lanatus 'Crimson Sweet'

Family: Cucurbitaceae (koo-ker-bih-TAY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Citrullus (SIT-ruh-lus) (Info)
Species: lanatus (la-NA-tus) (Info)
Cultivar: Crimson Sweet
Hybridized by Charles V. Hall; Year of Registration or Introduction: 1963

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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; sow indoors before last frost
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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2 positives
1 neutral
1 negative

Gardeners' Notes:

Neutral Longhairguy On Feb 15, 2014, Longhairguy from St Augustine, FL (Zone 8b) wrote:

When I lived in Ohio I had great success with Crimson Sweet. It produced basketball-sized sweet melons that literally dripped with sugar water, and were the sweetest melons I have ever had! I tried it again up there and had poor success because a cold snap occurred in July when the fruit was setting, and I ended up with baseball-sized fruits. If it's warm and humid (in the day as well as at night) this one will be worth trying! I'm in Florida now and tried it again, and it didn't seem to do too well here for some reason, but I had GREAT success with Jubilee watermelon here in St. Augustine, Florida!

Negative Dennislm On Jun 22, 2011, Dennislm from Ozark, AL wrote:

we have planted this melon the last two years (beside sweet corn) and it has NOT produced any fruit at all. What could we possibly be doing wrong ??

Positive luciee On Feb 26, 2011, luciee from Hanceville, AL (Zone 7a) wrote:

We have grown this one in the times past. It is a real good watermelon. The difficulty with growing melons here is coyotes. All God's animals like sugar. I am going to try it again this year and we will see.....

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

The Crimson Sweet was the standard shipping melon until the advent of the hybrids in the past year or so. It is a round medium green with darker green stripe melon which averages about 22 lbs. It is adaptable and will grow larger or smaller depending on plant density without adverse effect on the flavor. A red fleshed melon of excellent quality.


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

Hanceville, Alabama
Hartford, Alabama
Ozark, Alabama
Durham, California
Oceanside, California
Rialto, California
San Diego, California
Augusta, Georgia
Duluth, Georgia
Hubbard, Iowa
Pratt, Kansas
Wichita, Kansas
Howard Lake, Minnesota
Greenville, New Hampshire
Hillsborough, North Carolina
Columbus, Ohio
Salem, Oregon
Scappoose, Oregon
Jonesville, South Carolina
Greeneville, Tennessee
Troy, Virginia
Kennewick, Washington

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