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PlantFiles: Watermelon
Citrullus lanatus 'Yellow Doll'

Family: Cucurbitaceae (koo-ker-bih-TAY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Citrullus (SIT-ruh-lus) (Info)
Species: lanatus (la-NA-tus) (Info)
Cultivar: Yellow Doll
Hybridized by Seminis (Petoseed)

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6-12 in. (15-30 cm)

8-10 ft. (2.4-3 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:
N/A: plant does not set seed, flowers are sterile, or plants will not come true from seed

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5 positives
No neutrals
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Positive tedevans On Oct 24, 2012, tedevans from Ravenna, MI wrote:

absolutely awesome watermelon . i was hesitant to try a strange looking melon but now i'm sold . i bought seeds at , they grew just fine and a very good sweet flavor . people at work are ordering seeds soon now . they thought i was giving them a bowl of pineapple , and then they tried it and loved it . ted evans , ravenna , mi. 49451

Positive LTilton On Aug 25, 2008, LTilton from Glen Ellyn, IL (Zone 5b) wrote:

My favorite melon. Sweet and crisp.

A short growing season makes it good for northern gardens. It was the first melon to ripen in my patch this year.

Positive reload1 On Jun 8, 2008, reload1 from Mapleton, ND wrote:

My kid's favorite watermelon.Early and great taste

Positive Indy On Nov 22, 2005, Indy from Alexandria, IN (Zone 6a) wrote:

A real doll.

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

This was my first hybrid watermelon. It is a small icebox type of about 6lbs. The flesh is a pale yellow, but sweet and delicious. I actually saved seed and grew this out for about 4 years. The resulting cultivars were a long grey orange fleshed melon which could pass for a Texas Golden and a tiny baseball sized melon with white flesh and an extremely brittle rind. I have no idea where Peto seeds found it.


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

Cypress, California
Augusta, Georgia
Glen Ellyn, Illinois
Alexandria, Indiana
Morse, Louisiana
Ravenna, Michigan
Mapleton, North Dakota

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