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PlantFiles: Watermelon
Citrullus lanatus 'Tendergold'

Family: Cucurbitaceae (koo-ker-bih-TAY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Citrullus (SIT-ruh-lus) (Info)
Species: lanatus (la-NA-tus) (Info)
Cultivar: Tendergold
Additional cultivar information: (aka Willhite's Tendergold)

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2 members have or want this plant for trade.


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:
Allow unblemished fruit to ripen; clean and dry seeds

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2 positives
No neutrals
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Positive Indy On Oct 17, 2005, Indy from Alexandria, IN (Zone 6a) wrote:

This melon can be quite good. It had better flesh than Tendersweet for me.

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

This is a long type of orange fleshed water melon which has the dark green body marked with lighter green stripes common to the Allsweet. It has sufficient rind strenght to classify as a shipping melon, which is a rarity among yellow/orange fleshed melons. It is a good producer of uniform 22 lb. melons. Flesh actually starts yellow and darkens to orange as it ages. It has very good shelf life, a desirable trait in a market melon. Very good taste and texture, but it won't replace Tendersweet in my planting.


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

Augusta, Georgia
Alexandria, Indiana

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