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PlantFiles: Watermelon
Citrullus lanatus 'Early Arizona'

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

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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:
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:
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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2 positives
1 neutral
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Positive junebug111 On Aug 23, 2011, junebug111 from Isla Vista, CA wrote:

highly recommended... coped very well with the heat/drought and sustained 5 star flavor

Positive tucsonjill On Sep 16, 2008, tucsonjill from Lincoln, NE (Zone 5a) wrote:

To my taste, this was a really good watermelon. Nice and juicy, good flavor but not overpoweringly sweet. Good seeds for spitting, too! I'll definitely grow this again next year.

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

An 80 dark green melon with pink flesh.


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

Tucson, Arizona
Goleta, California

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