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PlantFiles: Watermelon
Citrullus lanatus 'Cream of Saskatchewan'

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

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6-12 in. (15-30 cm)

8-10 ft. (2.4-3 m)

Sun Exposure:
Full Sun

Bloom Color:
Gold (Yellow-Orange)

Days to Maturity:
71 to 80 days
81 to 90 days

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; sow indoors before last frost
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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3 positives
1 neutral
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Positive Atash On Oct 8, 2007, Atash from Seattle, WA wrote:

I grew these mostly for fun, living in a climate that is marginal for melons. Today I harvested two little melons that were fresh, crisp, juicy, and mildly sweet, despite a cool and foreshortened growing season. The vines weren't particularly vigorous, but they were healthy despite cool temps for watermelon. My wife who loves watermelons thought they were not bad. I saved the seeds, and will try again next year and share the extras with friends. I'll start them a bit earlier and let them sit under the lights a little longer, because sitting under florescent lights waiting for warmer temps didn't seem to bother them. I grew them in peat pots and planted the seedlings out pot and all, to avoid root disturbance.

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

This melon was brought to Saskatchewan by Russian immigrants. Has a very thin rind and must be handled carefully, and is only good for home gardeners and local markets. Does well in northern climates.

Positive calicorkication On Sep 24, 2006, calicorkication from Jonesboro, AR wrote:

This was about the only successful watermelon in my garden this year. I tried Orangeglo, Ali Baba, and this one. We had a very, very unusually dry summer this year so I may have watered too much to compensate. This melon did very well for me and it tastes good. Like the other post, I agree this melon is not as sweet but it does taste good. Would you want your chicken or fish to taste the same every time you cooked it? Makes a nice change from the usual sweet red watermelon.

Positive Farmerdill On Feb 9, 2005, Farmerdill from Augusta, GA (Zone 8a) wrote:

A 4 to 8 pound melon with thin light green skin with dark green stripes. Flesh is described as white or cream colored. Exterior appearance is the same as the white fleshed Japanese melon sold by Henery Field in the 60's. That one was good so I am trying Cream this year to see if it is similar.
7-14-05. A prolific early melon. It appears to be identical in coloring, size, shape and flavor to the Henry Field melon. It is not as sweet as Crimson Sweet and its counterparts but a very tender tasty melon.


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

Jonesboro, Arkansas
Augusta, Georgia
Rumford, Rhode Island
Seattle, Washington

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