Watermelon
Citrullus lanatus 'Congo'

Family: Cucurbitaceae (koo-ker-bih-TAY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Citrullus (SIT-ruh-lus) (Info)
Species: lanatus (la-NA-tus) (Info)
Cultivar: Congo
Hybridized by US Department of Agriculture
Registered or introduced: 1949
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Category:

Vegetables

Vines and Climbers

Height:

6-12 in. (15-30 cm)

Spacing:

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:

5.6 to 6.0 (acidic)

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

Properly cleaned, seed can be successfully stored

Regional

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

Fayetteville, Arkansas

Kissimmee, Florida

Milton, Florida

Augusta, Georgia

Alexandria, Indiana

Laurel, Mississippi

Horse Shoe, North Carolina

Jonesville, South Carolina

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Gardeners' Notes:

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Neutral

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

A shipping melon very popular in the late 50's and early 60's until it was displaced by the Charleston Grey. It is a large melon medium dark green with dark green stripes. Flavor is good, but gets watery in the center when over ripe. Rreleased by USDA, Southeastern Vegetable Breeding Laboratory, Charleston, SC