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PlantFiles: Watermelon
Citrullus lanatus 'Kleckley's Sweet'

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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: Kleckley's Sweet
Additional cultivar information: (aka Monte Christo, Wonder Melon)
Hybridized by Kleckley; Year of Registration or Introduction: 1887

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Category:
Vegetables
Vines and Climbers

Height:
6-12 in. (15-30 cm)

Spacing:
8-10 ft. (2.4-3 m)
10-12 ft. (3-3.6 m)

Sun Exposure:
Full Sun

Bloom Color:
Gold (Yellow-Orange)

Days to Maturity:
Unknown - Tell us

Other details:
Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Soil pH requirements:
5.6 to 6.0 (acidic)
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

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Gardeners' Notes:

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Positive Farmerdill On Feb 11, 2005, Farmerdill from Augusta, GA (Zone 8a) wrote:

This long type melon has a thin, glossy, dark green rind, medium-red flesh, oblong fruit,and weighs 25-40 lb. (85 day) The rind is too thin and brittle for shipping., but the eating qualities were the standard by which all watermelons were measured until the Crimson Sweet. It is more difficult to grow than many of its contemporaries and in my youth was only grown on bottom land, Tends to bottle neck under less desirable conditions.

Regional...

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

Augusta, Georgia
Troy, Virginia
Graham, Washington



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