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PlantFiles: Watermelon
Citrullus lanatus 'Schochler'

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

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2 members have or want this plant for trade.

Vines and Climbers

6-12 in. (15-30 cm)

10-12 ft. (3-3.6 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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1 positive
1 neutral
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Positive mgardner On Jan 29, 2006, mgardner from Orofino, ID wrote:

My grandfather, Joe Palmar Schochler, developed this hybrid strain in the 1920's in Cherokee County, TX. He actively grew and sold these melons commercially until 1948. We moved to northern Idaho in 2003. In 2005, I obtained viable Schochler watermelon seed from an uncle in TX. We are in a mixed zone 5-6(depending on elevation). I planted right after last frost in middle of May. The quail ate the sprouts at about 2-3 weeks, and we replanted under a wire cage, inside our 8 ft. deer-proof garden fence. Out of two hills, we had one that produced two mature melons before the first frost in September.
Even with a southern exposure, our primary problem are the cool nights. Watermelons need warm nights to mature quickly.

Neutral Farmerdill On Feb 26, 2005, Farmerdill from Augusta, GA (Zone 8a) wrote:

An old bragging melon from Robert Buist Co. (90 day) A dark green with faint stripe fruit averaging 40 -50 lbs.

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