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About This Plant...
Family: Cucurbitaceae
Genus and species: Citrullus lanatus
Growing Season: summer
Indoor Sowing...
Time needed to reach transplant size: 3-4 weeks
When to transplant to garden: 2 weeks after last spring frost
Outdoor Sowing...
When to sow outdoors: 2 weeks after last spring frost
Other Sowing Guidelines...
Approx. germination time: 3-12 days
Germination temp.: 70-95 degrees F.
Sowing depth: 1 inch
Days to maturity: 75-100 days
Transplanting Guidelines...
Spacing between plants: 24-36 inches
Spacing between rows: 72-96 inches
Growing On...
Pests: cucumber beetle, squash vine borer, pickleworm
Diseases: bacterial wilt, anthracnose, downy mildew
Harvest: allow to ripen on the vine; when ripe, a watermelon's underside turns from white to yellow, the skin becomes dull and difficult to pierce with your fingernail, and the tendrils near the melon turn brown and dry
Growing tips: melons thrive in heat and need lots of room to grow; seeds of the seedless varieties do not germinate as well as other varieties

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