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PlantFiles: Watermelon
Citrullus lanatus 'Tastigold'

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

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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:
Unknown - Tell us

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


No positives
1 neutral
1 negative

Gardeners' Notes:

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

This has the exact coloring of Charleston Gray, only it is a round melon. Flavor was less than exciting. Has small black seeds.

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

This is an open pollinated melon which is under plant variety protection. It will come true from saved seeds but distribution is illegal. This is one of the sorriest performers that I have tried. It is highly touted for taste. I didn't agree. But the basic problem is splitting in the field. About half of the crop split open before ripening. It is about about 22lbs, round and grey( similar markings to Charleston Grey). There are many better varieties of yellow/orange fleshed melons for my growing conditions.


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

Augusta, Georgia
Wells, Maine

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