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Watermelon 'Klondike Striped Blue Ribbon'

Citrullus lanatus

Family: Cucurbitaceae (koo-ker-bih-TAY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Citrullus (SIT-ruh-lus) (Info)
Species: lanatus (la-NA-tus) (Info)
Cultivar: Klondike Striped Blue Ribbon
Hybridized by Porter
Registered or introduced: 1939
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Vines and Climbers


6-12 in. (15-30 cm)


6-9 in. (15-22 cm)

Sun Exposure:

Full Sun

Bloom Color:

Gold (Yellow-Orange)

Days to Maturity:

81 to 90 days

Other details:

Unknown - Tell us

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

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:

Thousand Oaks, California

Augusta, Georgia

Kent City, Michigan

Gardeners' Notes:


On Apr 15, 2010, JAnnetteW from Philadelphia, MS wrote:

I just started growing Klondike Blue Ribbon watermelons along with several other varieties to see what will sell at a roadside market in Mississippi. They have popped out of the ground and look good so far. I am trying to remember how many seeds that I planted, but it looks like all or most of them have germinated, and I cannot say that about any of the other varieties that I planted this year--not even Orangeglo. I am not new to gardening, but I am relatively new to growing watermelons. It is on land that I inherited, and my mother says that my father never had any luck with watermelons. I studied the problem and think I know why he did not succeed with watermelons. He would not use organic feritilizers or address his Blossom End Rot problem although I told him what to do. I am praying fo... read more


On Sep 16, 2005, Indy from Alexandria, IN (Zone 6a) wrote:

This is a good producer. It may have some tendency to hollow heart. It is very sweet and juicy.


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

An 85 day light green dark green striped melon weighing 25 -30 lbs.