Watermelon - Sugar Baby - Citrullus lanatus
Tender Annual Heirloom. This reliable, somewhat drought-tolerant watermelon was developed in 1959. The cute, round, 5-6 pound fruits have reddish orange flesh underneath a rind that is nearly black when ripe. Sugar Baby grows to a fridge friendly size and is a perfect choice for small gardens.
Soil and Water: Watermelon prefers light, loamy, fertile, deep, well-draining soil with a pH of 5.5-6.5. Add plenty of organic matter. Water plants amply until setting out, then water more sparingly. Mulch to prevent weed competition.
Planting and Growing: Start seeds indoors 2-3 weeks before the last frost or sow seeds directly after frost. Set out 3-4 transplants per hill, selecting the strongest two when vines are 1'-2' long. Watermelons are large vining plants that can take over an extensive garden space. They can be trellised, but use slings to support the developing fruit.
Harvesting and Storage: Harvest melons when the tendril closest to the stem turns dry and brown and the stem becomes brittle. Eat fresh, freeze flesh in a honey-based syrup, or pickle the rind.
Did You Know? Watermelons are native to southern Africa.
Soil Temperature: 70-95 °F
Planting Depth: 1"-1 1/2"
Germination: 10-20 Days
Height At Maturity: Vine
Sun/Shade: Full Sun
Spacing After Thinning: 3'-5'
Approx Seeds per Pack: 25 Seeds
4 x 8 x 0.75 inches.