SUGAR BABY WATERMELON (Citrullus lanatus) is a 20th Century marvel and well-suited for both home gardeners and the small market grower. It has a hard tough rind, so you can haul this one to the Saturday Farmer's Market without worry, or throw it into fridge. Small 1-2 person watermelons are increasingly popular as word gets out about the health benefits of watermelon. But often the small ones you find in the grocery are disappointing. Not so with Sugar Baby. Round, dark green exterior, and deep Valentine red, very sweet and VERY juicy melt-in-your-mouth flesh. Not seedless, but then, you'll want to save this seed for next year and how can you have seed spitting contests without seeds? Holds well in the fridge - even once cut. You'll get 4-6 melons that are about 10" across on 6' vines. 80 days. 10 seeds.
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ONE OF THE TEN BEST FOODS: Watermelon is so healthy and good for you that you may want to incorporate it into your diet on a much more frequent basis. Not only is it a delightful thirst quencher on a hot summer day, and fun to spit out -- and save -- the seeds (I don't know of any seedless heirloom watermelons), it is packed with powerful nutrients that help fight asthma, cancer, diabetes and arthritis! High in vitamins C, A, B6, B1, potassium, magnesium, and beta carotine, yet watermelon has no cholesterol and virtually no fat. A whole cup is only 48 calories. AND, watermelon contains an ingredient called citrulline that can trigger production of a compound that helps relax the body's blood vessels, which benefits the heart, circulatory and immune systems.
GROWING TIPS: Pick a sunny protected location and prepare the soil for a heavy feeder. Regular watering also important. Whether planting directly or as seedlings, check the days to maturity because watermelons need lots of summertime and space to produce. They are not frost hardy. Although plastic mulches are all the rage these days, I am still untrusting of them and whether they may leach into the soil. I prefer a straw mulch - needed to keep the weeds down and moisture in once the rambling leafy vines start growing. Do not be dismayed when the earliest flowers do not produce fruit. This is because the early ones are the male flowers. Later female flowers will bear fruit, but watermelons do need honey bees for pollination, so plant flowers nearby that will attract them all season and please do not use pesticides in your garden that are harmful to bees (even some organics can hurt bees). The more time you spend in your garden, weeding watering and feeding, the fewer pests you will have because your plants will be strong and viable with all that attention and you will be alert to problems before they get out of hand. It takes some practice to know when to harvest watermelons. Watch the ground spot - it will change color. Usually from pale green or white, to cream or yellow. If you are really practiced, you will be able to tell the sound of a ripe melon by tapping it.