Watermelon 'Small Shining Light'

Citrullus lanatus

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

Vegetables

Vines and Climbers

Height:

6-12 in. (15-30 cm)

Spacing:

6-8 ft. (1.8-2.4 m)

Sun Exposure:

Full Sun

Bloom Color:

Gold (yellow-orange)

Days to Maturity:

Unknown - Tell us

Other details:

Unknown - Tell us

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

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

Regional

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

Los Alamos, New Mexico

Wilsonville, Oregon

Gardeners' Notes:

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RatingContent
Neutral

On Mar 4, 2007, berrygirl from Braselton, GA (Zone 8a) wrote:

This is a great ice-box type melon and is indeed well-suited for cooler areas and high altitudes.

Positive

On Sep 22, 2006, pajaritomt from Los Alamos, NM (Zone 5a) wrote:

I have been told that watermelon can't be grown at this altitude ( 7300 ft.) but I decided to give Small Shining Light a try. Seems like it was supposed to be cold resistant. Well, I did get 1 edible watermelon about 6 inches in diameter. It was also tasty. There were others that didn't have a chance to ripen before frost. I was a bit late planting them and could probably have improved their growing situation, but I am extremely excited to find that I can grow watermelons here. I planted a couple other small varieties which did not set fruit at all. If you have a short growing system, I recommend this little melon. I will plant it earlier next year, feed it more and try to give it more space from the squashes.

Neutral

On Feb 15, 2005, Farmerdill from Augusta, GA (Zone 8a) wrote:

Sweet red flesh, very dark green skin, round fruit to 30cm, early maturing Russian favourite, is well suited to cooler areas. 80-90 days.

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