Watermelon 'Sugar Baby'

Citrullus lanatus

Family: Cucurbitaceae (koo-ker-bih-TAY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Citrullus (SIT-ruh-lus) (Info)
Species: lanatus (la-NA-tus) (Info)
Cultivar: Sugar Baby
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6-12 in. (15-30 cm)


8-10 ft. (2.4-3 m)

Sun Exposure:

Full Sun

Bloom Color:

Bright Yellow

Days to Maturity:

71 to 80 days

Other details:

Unknown - Tell us

Soil pH requirements:

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 is said to grow outdoors in the following regions:

Mobile, Alabama

Mountain View, California

Oceanside, California

Roseland, California

Hollywood, Florida(2 reports)

Miami, Florida

Monticello, Florida

Oviedo, Florida

Pensacola, Florida

Augusta, Georgia

Cumming, Georgia

Saint Simons Island, Georgia

Indianapolis, Indiana

Lansing, Kansas

Bethelridge, Kentucky

Chalmette, Louisiana

New Orleans, Louisiana

Livonia, Michigan

Whitmore Lake, Michigan

Bingham Lake, Minnesota

Buffalo, Minnesota

Minneapolis, Minnesota

Laurel, Mississippi

Lucedale, Mississippi

Greeley, Nebraska

Greenville, New Hampshire

Horse Shoe, North Carolina

Shawnee, Oklahoma

Scio, Oregon

Jonesville, South Carolina

Greeneville, Tennessee

Soddy Daisy, Tennessee

Andrews, Texas

Cibolo, Texas

Corpus Christi, Texas

Fort Worth, Texas

Freeport, Texas

Houston, Texas

Mesquite, Texas

Troy, Virginia

Virginia Beach, Virginia

Kennewick, Washington

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Gardeners' Notes:


On Jul 12, 2011, DAKOTA31400 from Petersburg, ND (Zone 3a) wrote:

Container Friendly, 5 gallon buckets, 2 plants/pot..yields 1-2 mellons per plant. Pest free. Mellons 3-4 lbs, made in heaven.


On Dec 12, 2009, aardvark7 from Lubbock, TX (Zone 7b) wrote:

Grew well and produced several dinner plate sized melons for us in 7b. Good flavor and compact size for storing in refrigerator.


On Aug 17, 2009, cowtrailrd from Shawnee, OK wrote:

produced few melons and they were small.


On Jul 5, 2009, WillowWasp from Jones Creek, TX (Zone 9a) wrote:

Takes just as much time and effort to grow this one as the larger ones so why go so much smaller. I would only recommed this one if you had limited space. Other wise go for the bigger melons and save alot of effort.

It did have good taste and texture was so so, I did let some go a few days more than they should and they were grainy and didn't have good flavor.
I may try them again since my yead is soooo much smaller and I don't have the room I use to.


On Sep 30, 2008, ByndeweedBeth from scio, oregon, OR (Zone 8a) wrote:

These grow really good in the Willamette Valley, and are tasty.


On Mar 20, 2007, Gabrielle from (Zone 5a) wrote:

These haven't done well for me in zone 5.


On Nov 3, 2003, Farmerdill from Augusta, GA (Zone 8a) wrote:

Sugar baby was one of the frst "icebox" melons to become popular. A small round dark green melon, which resembles a miniature Black Diamond or Cannonball. Averages about 8 lbs. It is prolific and has good taste and texture. It is only a shade earlier than its big brothers, however