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Citrullus lanatus 'Florida Giant'

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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: Florida Giant

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Category:
Vegetables
Vines and Climbers

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:
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; 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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Gardeners' Notes:

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Positive Farmerdill On Feb 12, 2005, Farmerdill from Augusta, GA (Zone 8a) wrote:

A large (40-50 lb) black green melon with blocky ends. Usually considered a strain of Black Diamond. Available from Merrifield garden Center. July 09, Been a solid performer this year. Excellent melon when it gets size.

Regional...

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

Augusta, Georgia



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