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PlantFiles: Watermelon
Citrullus lanatus 'Early Northern Sweet'

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Family: Cucurbitaceae (koo-ker-bih-TAY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Citrullus (SIT-ruh-lus) (Info)
Species: lanatus (la-NA-tus) (Info)
Cultivar: Early Northern Sweet
Additional cultivar information: (aka Fourth of July)

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Category:
Vegetables

Height:
6-12 in. (15-30 cm)

Spacing:
8-10 ft. (2.4-3 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:
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

Profile:

No positives
1 neutral
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

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

A small (11lb.) melon which is not particularly early. Produces o.k. but flavor is just fair. Tried it in the fifties trying to get a ripe melon for the Fourth of July, but is about the same ripening time as the much superior Dixie Queen. Of course since I moved to Georgia, most melons will ripen for the Fourth of July.

Regional...

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

Troy, Virginia



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