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PlantFiles: Watermelon
Citrullus lanatus 'Carolina Cross'

Family: Cucurbitaceae (koo-ker-bih-TAY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Citrullus (SIT-ruh-lus) (Info)
Species: lanatus (la-NA-tus) (Info)
Cultivar: Carolina Cross

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5 members have or want this plant for trade.


6-12 in. (15-30 cm)

12-15 ft. (3.6-4.7 m)

Sun Exposure:
Full Sun

Bloom Color:
Bright Yellow

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:
Allow unblemished fruit to ripen; clean and dry seeds


1 positive
3 neutrals
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Positive Thebotanyboss On Jul 31, 2012, Thebotanyboss from Johnson City, TN wrote:

The watermelon grew very fast and very large. Very tasty variety. Great for selling at farmers markets. Can grow up to 200 lbs.

Neutral berrygirl On Mar 15, 2007, berrygirl from Braselton, GA (Zone 7b) wrote:

Some vendors state that these melons can weigh over 200 lbs.

Neutral ristau5741 On Jun 10, 2004, ristau5741 from Adamstown, MD wrote:

last summer

planted about 14 seeds, got one large watermellon, ~30 lbs, late summer, signs showed that it was ripe, but it wasn't. Large watermellons take a loooong time to ripen.

Neutral Farmerdill On Nov 10, 2003, Farmerdill from Augusta, GA (Zone 8a) wrote:

If you use single spacing on 15 foot centers, fertilize liberally, prune to a single melon per vine, this cultivar will grow huge. Taste is only fair.


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

Augusta, Georgia
Adamstown, Maryland

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