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PlantFiles: Watermelon
Citrullus lanatus 'Dixielee'

Family: Cucurbitaceae (koo-ker-bih-TAY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Citrullus (SIT-ruh-lus) (Info)
Species: lanatus (la-NA-tus) (Info)
Cultivar: Dixielee
Hybridized by Univ. of Florida; Year of Registration or Introduction: 1979

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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:
Allow unblemished fruit to ripen; clean and dry seeds
Properly cleaned, seed can be successfully stored

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1 positive
1 neutral
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Neutral Indy On Sep 16, 2005, Indy from Alexandria, IN (Zone 6a) wrote:

I have had mixed results with this one. Sometimes it is really good. I found that it doesn't hold long.

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

Dixielee is a modern open pollinated cultivar. A round melon, light green with darker green stripes, similar in appearance to Dixie Queen and Chris- Cross. Flesh is a unique deep red. It is Antracnose and wilt tolerant. A good producer that has excellent taste and texture.

2003 was my first trial of this cultivar. It is a good producer of round, 23 lb average,melons. Markings are the familiar dark green stripes on a light green background. The flesh is the darkest color red that I have encountered. Taste and Texture are very competitive with Crimson Sweet although a few folks complained about the large size of the seeds.


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

Augusta, Georgia
Alexandria, Indiana

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