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Organic Sugar Baby Watermelon

Organic Sugar Baby Watermelon

Sweet Compact Fruit, Ideal for refrigerators

Meet Sugar Baby, the perfect icebox melon. This petite heirloom boasts a solid, dark green exterior and vibrant red, super sweet, firm, and fine-grained flesh. Packed with healthy antioxidants, it's a nutritious delight. With compact vines, plant these gems about 4 feet apart for a sweet harvest. Ideal for refrigerators, Sugar Baby is a small wonder delivering big on taste and nutrition.

Sustainably grown in 2.75" pots

Preparing the Soil

Sugar Baby Watermelons thrive in well-drained, nutrient-rich soil with a pH level between 6.0 and 6.8. Before planting, prepare the soil by amending it with organic matter such as compost or aged manure to improve its fertility and texture. Ensure that the soil is warm, as watermelons are sensitive to cold temperatures. Raised beds or mounds can be beneficial in cooler climates to enhance drainage and warmth for optimal growth.

Planting Sugar Baby Watermelon

Sugar Baby Watermelons are warm-season crops that require full sun and warm temperatures to thrive. Wait until after the last frost date in your area before planting Sugar Baby Watermelon starts. Space plants 2 to 3 feet apart in rows or hills spaced 4 to 6 feet apart to allow for adequate air circulation and room for vine growth. 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. 

Watering and Care

Consistent moisture is crucial for Sugar Baby Watermelons throughout the growing season, particularly during flowering and fruit development. Provide 1 to 2 inches of water per week, either through rainfall or irrigation, ensuring that the soil remains consistently moist but not waterlogged. Mulching around the base of the plants can help retain soil moisture, suppress weeds, and regulate soil temperature.

Fertilizing

Sugar Baby Watermelons are heavy feeders and benefit from regular fertilization. Apply a balanced fertilizer or compost tea every 3 to 4 weeks during the growing season to provide essential nutrients for healthy growth and fruit development. Be cautious not to over-fertilize, as excessive nitrogen can lead to excessive foliage growth at the expense of fruit production.

Training and Support

Due to their vining nature, Sugar Baby Watermelon plants require ample space to spread out. Consider using trellises or support structures to train the vines vertically, which can save space and reduce the risk of fruit rot. Pruning the vines as needed can also improve air circulation and sunlight exposure, leading to healthier plants and higher yields.

Pest and Disease Management

Sugar Baby Watermelons are susceptible to various pests and diseases, including aphids, cucumber beetles, powdery mildew, and anthracnose. Monitor your plants regularly for signs of pest infestations or disease symptoms, and take appropriate action to control them. Practice crop rotation, use row covers, and apply organic pesticides or fungicides as needed to protect your watermelon crop.

Harvesting Sugar Baby Watermelon

Sugar Baby Watermelons are typically ready for harvest 70 to 85 days after planting. Monitor the watermelons closely for signs of maturity, including a dull or matte appearance to the rind, a hollow sound when tapped, and tendrils near the stem turning brown and drying out. Use a sharp knife or pruning shears to cut the watermelon from the vine, leaving a few inches of stem attached.

Growing Sugar Baby Watermelon can be a rewarding experience, offering delicious fruits that are perfect for summertime enjoyment. By following the guidelines outlined in this guide and providing proper care and attention, you can cultivate a bountiful harvest of sweet and flavorful watermelons that are sure to delight your taste buds.

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Description

Meet Sugar Baby, the perfect icebox melon. This petite heirloom boasts a solid, dark green exterior and vibrant red, super sweet, firm, and fine-grained flesh. Packed with healthy antioxidants, it's a nutritious delight. With compact vines, plant these gems about 4 feet apart for a sweet harvest. Ideal for refrigerators, Sugar Baby is a small wonder delivering big on taste and nutrition.

Sustainably grown in 2.75" pots

Preparing the Soil

Sugar Baby Watermelons thrive in well-drained, nutrient-rich soil with a pH level between 6.0 and 6.8. Before planting, prepare the soil by amending it with organic matter such as compost or aged manure to improve its fertility and texture. Ensure that the soil is warm, as watermelons are sensitive to cold temperatures. Raised beds or mounds can be beneficial in cooler climates to enhance drainage and warmth for optimal growth.

Planting Sugar Baby Watermelon

Sugar Baby Watermelons are warm-season crops that require full sun and warm temperatures to thrive. Wait until after the last frost date in your area before planting Sugar Baby Watermelon starts. Space plants 2 to 3 feet apart in rows or hills spaced 4 to 6 feet apart to allow for adequate air circulation and room for vine growth. 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. 

Watering and Care

Consistent moisture is crucial for Sugar Baby Watermelons throughout the growing season, particularly during flowering and fruit development. Provide 1 to 2 inches of water per week, either through rainfall or irrigation, ensuring that the soil remains consistently moist but not waterlogged. Mulching around the base of the plants can help retain soil moisture, suppress weeds, and regulate soil temperature.

Fertilizing

Sugar Baby Watermelons are heavy feeders and benefit from regular fertilization. Apply a balanced fertilizer or compost tea every 3 to 4 weeks during the growing season to provide essential nutrients for healthy growth and fruit development. Be cautious not to over-fertilize, as excessive nitrogen can lead to excessive foliage growth at the expense of fruit production.

Training and Support

Due to their vining nature, Sugar Baby Watermelon plants require ample space to spread out. Consider using trellises or support structures to train the vines vertically, which can save space and reduce the risk of fruit rot. Pruning the vines as needed can also improve air circulation and sunlight exposure, leading to healthier plants and higher yields.

Pest and Disease Management

Sugar Baby Watermelons are susceptible to various pests and diseases, including aphids, cucumber beetles, powdery mildew, and anthracnose. Monitor your plants regularly for signs of pest infestations or disease symptoms, and take appropriate action to control them. Practice crop rotation, use row covers, and apply organic pesticides or fungicides as needed to protect your watermelon crop.

Harvesting Sugar Baby Watermelon

Sugar Baby Watermelons are typically ready for harvest 70 to 85 days after planting. Monitor the watermelons closely for signs of maturity, including a dull or matte appearance to the rind, a hollow sound when tapped, and tendrils near the stem turning brown and drying out. Use a sharp knife or pruning shears to cut the watermelon from the vine, leaving a few inches of stem attached.

Growing Sugar Baby Watermelon can be a rewarding experience, offering delicious fruits that are perfect for summertime enjoyment. By following the guidelines outlined in this guide and providing proper care and attention, you can cultivate a bountiful harvest of sweet and flavorful watermelons that are sure to delight your taste buds.

Shipping Information

Ships from Northern CA.

Shipping Weight: 0.5 lb

Dimensions: 6.0"L x 2.75"W x 2.75"H

Features

  • Heirloom
  • Open-Pollinated

Characteristics

Organic Status: Certified Organic Product
USDA Growing Zone: 4 - 10
Approximate Harvest Time : Late Summer
Growth Habit : Vining
Life Cycle : Tender Annual
Plant Family : Curcubitaceae (Curcubits)
Planting Time : Spring
Planting Time : Summer
Soil pH : 6.0 - 7.0
Sun Requirements : Full Sun

Planting & Care

Soil & Water: Watermelon prefers light, loamy, fertile, deep, well-draining soil with a pH of 6.0-7.0. Add plenty of organic matter. Water plants amply until setting out, then water more sparingly. Mulch to prevent weed competition. 

Planting & Growing: Plant starts in late spring or early summer, once the soil has warmed up to at least 70°F (21°C).  Space plants 2 to 3 feet apart in rows spaced 4 to 6 feet apart to allow for adequate air circulation and room for vine growth. 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 & 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.

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We guarantee the perishable items we sell to be in good, viable condition when we sell them. Perishable items include, but are not limited to, garlic bulbs, flower bulbs, seed potatoes, onion sets & transplants, potted or bare root trees, vegetable crowns, etc. If your perishable item arrives in substandard condition, take photographs and please contact us within 3 days of the purchase date (or delivery date) and we will provide you with a refund of the purchase price (excluding shipping costs), or a replacement. Accordingly, we urge you to open any boxes marked as ""Perishable"" immediately upon receiving them and inspect the shipment thoroughly (do not crack open heads of garlic, we do not accept claims on cracked garlic). Because some perishable items can deteriorate very quickly, we cannot accept any claims beyond the 3-day time frame as it becomes too difficult to determine if these items were delivered in substandard condition, or if they turned into such substandard condition because of having been improperly cared for or stored once delivered.

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