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PlantFiles: 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; Year of Registration or Introduction: 1949

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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:
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

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Gardeners' Notes:

Neutral Farmerdill 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


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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