Sugar Baby Watermelon

Citrullus lanatus.
Sugar Baby  (70 days)

This is just about the earliest watermelon you are going to find.  Bred to fit right inside your fridge or ice chest, this watermelon is only 6-10# of bright red sweet fruit.  I’m hungry already.  Not only is sugar baby the perfect size, but the rind is tough enough to toss this sweet baby on ice and head to the river!

Extremely productive plant turning out loads of sweet, small organic melons perfect for the family of four.  This is the small gardener’s dream, where as most melons take up lots of space for just a few melons this Sugar Baby will give you loads of fruit in a small space.

Seed Planting Depth Seeds per gram Germination Temperature Days to Germination Row Spacing Plant Spacing 100′ Row Yield Sun
1″ 22-27 75-80 3-10 6′ 3′ 55 lb Full

Planting Tips:

In warmer climates, can be direct sown 1” deep once soil is above 75.  For cooler climates, start seedlings 2-3 weeks before last frost and place in final spacing of 3-4ft. on 6 ft. rows.  Loose, fertile soil in full sun will ensure a good crop.  For sweeter melons, reduce watering in the last month before harvest.

If direct seeding, don’t plant seed till the soil temperature is 70 degrees or more.  Watermelons are originally from Africa and need heat to grow well.
Because we want to get an early start we normally plant watermelon seed in four inch containers inside a greenhouse.

For Best Eating:

Water until the fruits are about the size of a tennis ball then only water if the plant totally dry.  The best tasting organic melons are concentrated in flavor because they are not over-watered.

Seeding Rate:

5,000 plants/acre, approximately 1/2 lb.

Seeding Care:

Heirloom seeds are hardy but always take care with your garden seeds to give them the appropriate amount of moisture – not letting the vegetable seeds dry out prematurely or overwatering and possibly having them rot.

(source: Sustainable Seed Company)

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