Watermelons seeds are started indoors 3-4 weeks before the last expected frost or planted directly in the garden after all danger of frost has past. Where growing climates are marginal, black plastic mulch and floating row covers will be extremely helpful. Plant Watermelons in the hottest part of the garden and give them plenty of room to grow.
SUGAR BABY Watermelon (OP) 80 days
Very sweet and crisp, full-flavored, 8-12 pound "icebox" melons on space-saving 3.5 foot vines.
SANGRIA Watermelon 87 days
First Allsweet hybrid, 'Sangria' produces large yields of deep green, oval melons with light green stripes. Fruits average 10 to 12 pounds, occasionally top 20 pounds on vigorous, disease resistant vines. Extraordinarily sweet, sugar content of the crisp dark red flesh is an astounding 12 to 14%.
CRIMSON SWEET Watermelon (OP) 90 days
Vigorous, disease resistant vines produce 20-25 pound light green fruits with darker green striping. Flesh is deep red, juicy and sweet with small seeds. America's favorite watermelon, it is an All-America Selections Winner.
CHARLESTON GREY Watermelon (OP) 85-100 days
Bright candy red, crisp and sweet flesh inside 30-40 pound gray-green fruits. Disease resistant, easy to grow vines.
NEW QUEEN Watermelon 80 days
Early maturing 5-6 pound fruits with light green, striped rinds and crisp, sugary, bright orange flesh. Produces few seeds.
How to Plant Watermelon Seeds
Sow seed in cell packs or flats, 3-4 weeks before the last frost. Kept at 75-85°F., germination averages 7-14 days. Or, direct sow into prepared seed beds after all danger of frost, 6 inches apart in rows 4-6 feet apart depending on the variety. Thin to 2 feet apart.