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Botanical name

Citrullus lanatus

Common name(s)


Plant Care




Thin vines, grooved and covered in tiny hairs. Vines are branching and possess deeply lobed pinnate leaves.


Produces solitary yellow flowers.


Oval or spherical in shape and a dark green and smooth rind, sometimes can be striped, marbled or solid green. The flesh of the fruit is usually red in colour, some cultivars produce green, orange or white flesh. Seeds are black or dark brown.

Soil Conditions

Well-drained, light, sandy, fertile loam soil.

Planting instructions

Sow 8 to 10 watermelon seeds in a hill, and push seeds 3cm into the soil. Space hills 1m apart, with at least 2.5m between rows.

Interesting planting ideas

Radishes and lettuces make good companion plants. Avoid planting near things like cucumber, marrows and anything that belongs to the melon family.

Interesting info

Contains high levels of vitamins A, B6 and C, lots of lycopene, antioxidants and amino acids.

Pests & Diseases

Diseases include leaf blight, leaf spot, Anthracnose, mildew, wilt stem, blight and powdery mildew. Pests include aphids & cutworms.


80 days after planting.


Watermelon vines produce 2-4 fruits per plant.

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