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Watermelon 'Verona'

Citrullus lanatus

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

81 to 90 days

Other details:

Unknown - Tell us

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

Foliage Color:

Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Characteristics:

This plant is attractive to bees, butterflies and/or birds

Water Requirements:

Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Where to Grow:

Unknown - Tell us


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

Augusta, Georgia

Wells, Maine

Gardeners' Notes:


On Feb 6, 2007, Indy from Alexandria, IN (Zone 6a) wrote:

I tried this one once. It set so many on the plant that they did not size up so large. When I harvested them, they were not ripe enough. Perhaps they need to be left on the vine much longer than normal.


On Sep 25, 2006, wil05us from Wells, ME wrote:

This sized up very nicely here in Maine. Crisp, sweet, excellent quality. One reached 35 pounds. Flesh is very much like Charleston Gray (its parent). Icebox cold, it is one of the best flavored open pollinated watermelons, sweet right to the white rind. Started in 3rd week of April, planted the 3rd week of May. Harvested Sept 23rd using bottom color as a guide. Some disease resistance observed.


On Feb 22, 2005, Farmerdill from Augusta, GA (Zone 8a) wrote:

Developed by Mississippi State Univ. in 1965. Large fruit are nearly round and have attractive dark green skin; their red flesh is delicious, being sweet and crisp. A good overall watermelon that is a great keeper and shipper, making it ideal for markets. Good resistance to disease. It is an improved version of the Black Diamond, Grows ok here but nothing special.