Watermelon 'Crimson Sweet'

Citrullus lanatus

Family: Cucurbitaceae (koo-ker-bih-TAY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Citrullus (SIT-ruh-lus) (Info)
Species: lanatus (la-NA-tus) (Info)
Cultivar: Crimson Sweet
Hybridized by Charles V. Hall
Registered or introduced: 1963
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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:

81 to 90 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; sow indoors before last frost

From seed; direct sow after last frost

Seed Collecting:

N/A: plant does not set seed, flowers are sterile, or plants will not come true from seed

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:

Hanceville, Alabama

Hartford, Alabama

Ozark, Alabama

Durham, California

Oceanside, California

Rialto, California

San Diego, California

Augusta, Georgia

Duluth, Georgia

Hubbard, Iowa

Pratt, Kansas

Wichita, Kansas

Howard Lake, Minnesota

Saint Joseph, Missouri

Greenville, New Hampshire

Hillsborough, North Carolina

Columbus, Ohio

Salem, Oregon

Scappoose, Oregon

Jonesville, South Carolina

Greeneville, Tennessee

Troy, Virginia

Kennewick, Washington

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Gardeners' Notes:


On Feb 15, 2014, Longhairguy from St Augustine, FL (Zone 8b) wrote:

When I lived in Ohio I had great success with Crimson Sweet. It produced basketball-sized sweet melons that literally dripped with sugar water, and were the sweetest melons I have ever had! I tried it again up there and had poor success because a cold snap occurred in July when the fruit was setting, and I ended up with baseball-sized fruits. If it's warm and humid (in the day as well as at night) this one will be worth trying! I'm in Florida now and tried it again, and it didn't seem to do too well here for some reason, but I had GREAT success with Jubilee watermelon here in St. Augustine, Florida!


On Jun 22, 2011, Dennislm from Ozark, AL wrote:

we have planted this melon the last two years (beside sweet corn) and it has NOT produced any fruit at all. What could we possibly be doing wrong ??


On Feb 26, 2011, luciee from Hanceville, AL (Zone 7a) wrote:

We have grown this one in the times past. It is a real good watermelon. The difficulty with growing melons here is coyotes. All God's animals like sugar. I am going to try it again this year and we will see.....


On Nov 7, 2003, Farmerdill from Augusta, GA (Zone 8a) wrote:

The Crimson Sweet was the standard shipping melon until the advent of the hybrids in the past year or so. It is a round medium green with darker green stripe melon which averages about 22 lbs. It is adaptable and will grow larger or smaller depending on plant density without adverse effect on the flavor. A red fleshed melon of excellent quality.