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PlantFiles: Watermelon
Citrullus lanatus 'Strawberry'

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

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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 Laflora On Jan 2, 2011, Laflora from DeLand, FL (Zone 9b) wrote:

Not overly productive but has an incredible, sweet flavor that makes it well worth growing. Vines are sturdy, fast-growing and resist (or outgrow) disease in my hot, humid climate. Tip: hand-pollinate for best results.

Positive cowboybob4 On Jan 15, 2007, cowboybob4 from Laurel, MS wrote:

I planted this melon in 2005 and was very pleased. Not a real big melon. Mine were around 15#. Will plant again in 2007.

Neutral Farmerdill On Feb 24, 2005, Farmerdill from Augusta, GA (Zone 8a) wrote:

A 1989 selection released through SSE. (heirloom) A long dark green, 15-25 lb, melon with strawberry red flesh. Available from Southern Exposure.


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

Deland, Florida
Laurel, Mississippi
Memphis, Tennessee

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