Watermelon – Citrullus lanatus

A vine-like (scrambler and trailer) flowering plant originally from southern Africa.

Watermelons require a long growing season so best started indoors approximately 3-4 weeks prior to the last frost of the season. Sow seeds 1/4" deep in flats or small pots, sowing 3 seeds per pot. Keep medium moist while awaiting germination. Additionally, watermelon seeds will show better germination rates with heat. Keep the soil between 80-90 degrees, using a heat mat if necessary. Seed should begin to germinate within 3-10 days.

Grow seedlings 4' to 6' apart.

Direct-seed 1 to 2 weeks after average last frost when soil is 21C or warmer. Plant 1 inch deep, 6 seeds per hill, hills 4 to 6 feet apart; or 1 foot apart in rows 5 feet apart. Can plant at closer spacings if trellised. Thin to 2 to 3 plants per hill.

Seeds should last 4 years.

Variety: Sugar Baby