Watermelon 'Moon and Stars'

Citrullus lanatus

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


6-12 in. (15-30 cm)


4-6 ft. (1.2-1.8 m)

Sun Exposure:

Full Sun

Bloom Color:

Bright Yellow

Days to Maturity:

81 to 90 days

Other details:

Unknown - Tell us

Soil pH requirements:

6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)

Propagation Methods:

From seed; sow indoors before last frost

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:

Unknown - Tell us

Water Requirements:

Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Where to Grow:

Grow outdoors year-round in hardiness zone


This plant is said to grow outdoors in the following regions:

Fair Oaks, California

Los Angeles, California

Oakhurst, California

Stockton, California

Longmont, Colorado

Washington, District of Columbia

Daytona Beach, Florida

Valdosta, Georgia

Glen Ellyn, Illinois

Anderson, Indiana

Wichita, Kansas

Benton, Kentucky

North Yarmouth, Maine

Ellicott City, Maryland

Laurel, Mississippi

Purvis, Mississippi

Saucier, Mississippi

Columbia, Missouri

Kannapolis, North Carolina

Dundee, Ohio

Soddy Daisy, Tennessee

Cibolo, Texas

Kennewick, Washington

New Milton, West Virginia

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Gardeners' Notes:


On Nov 4, 2016, malsprower from Daytona, FL wrote:

Very vigorous grower, will take over everything and is unforgiving, thought mine would die in September after a widespread aphid attack, as I already was able to harvest the fruit. I wanted the plant to die so that I could plant my winter crops, then recently the vine decided that it wanted to grow again, I posted pictures of today's crazy growth, not sure why this plant wanted to stick around for so long? I planted them all the way back in May. The bees go nuts over the vines, like 6 species of them, Welcome to Florida!


On Jun 11, 2008, CurtisJones from Broomfield, CO (Zone 5b) wrote:

From your friends at Botanical Interests: This Amish heirloom was recently re-discovered by Merle Van Doren in rural Missouri. It was made available again in 1982 by the Seed Savers Exchange. Unlike any other watermelon you've even seen, this variety has a genetic pigmentation "defect" that creates yellow dots that look like stars scattered among larger moons on a very dark green rind and on the foliage. The unusual, but pretty spotting has no effect on the very sweet, red, absolutely delicious flesh. (Some varieties of Moon & Stars have different colored flesh.)


On Jul 22, 2006, kicomp from North Yarmouth, ME wrote:

I started the seeds inside in May just to make sure they had enough time to ripen here in Maine. They are beautiful plants, green leaves with yellow spots. Mine have just blossomed. I can't wait to taste my first home-grown watermelon!!


On Feb 4, 2005, smiln32 from Oklahoma City, OK (Zone 7a) wrote:

Approximately 100 days to maturity. Looks like someone splattered yellow paint on a dark green watermelon. :)


On Jun 4, 2004, OhioBreezy from Dundee, OH (Zone 5b) wrote:

This is a heirloom watermelon, it is pretty, but I didn't find the taste to be there. I grew it again this year for the children :)


On May 31, 2001, melody from Benton, KY (Zone 7a) wrote:

This is an open pollinated plant. This means that you can save the seeds and they will produce the same plant next year.

These beautiful melons are some of the oddest that you can grow. The melons are dark green with yellow specks(stars) and larger spots (moons). Mine will get to about 25-30 pounds in a year with plenty of water.

The foliage is unique also,as the yellow spots continue onto the leaves.