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PlantFiles: Watermelon
Citrullus lanatus 'Golden Midget'

Family: Cucurbitaceae (koo-ker-bih-TAY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Citrullus (SIT-ruh-lus) (Info)
Species: lanatus (la-NA-tus) (Info)
Cultivar: Golden Midget
Hybridized by Meader & Yaeger; Year of Registration or Introduction: 1959

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8 members have or want this plant for trade.


6-12 in. (15-30 cm)

6-8 ft. (1.8-2.4 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


No positives
2 neutrals
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Neutral berrygirl On Mar 4, 2007, berrygirl from Braselton, GA (Zone 7b) wrote:

Bred by Elwyn Meader and Albert Yaeger, and introduced in 1959. The product of a cross between New Hampshire Midget and Pumpkin Rind. The entire plant and fruits turn golden-yellow when ripe. Salmon-pink flesh is pleasantly sweet, black seeds. Extremely early variety, ripening in just 70 days

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

A cantaloupe size (3 lb), pink flesh melon, whose rind turns golden yellow when ripe. It is early (65 days). Taste is good but not exceptional. It is open pollinated, you can save all the seeds you want. introduced by the New Hampshire Agricultural Experiment Station, Durham in 1959.


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

Troy, Virginia

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