Watermelon 'Sugar Baby' Seed Pack

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Most urban gardeners lack the space to grow full-sized watermelons, so consider trying 'Sugar Baby.' Red fleshed with fewer seeds than the full-sized watermelons, these 8 - 10 pound fruits will grow on vines that are six to ten feet long. Give it as much sun as possible and direct-sow as soon as the soil warms up to at least 70 degrees. For areas with short growing seasons, you can start seeds indoors, but be aware that watermelons don't like their roots disturbed, so sow them into biodegradable pots. 

Botanical Name: Citrullus lanatus
Mature Size: 6 - 10 foot vines, fruit 8 - 10 pounds, about 9" long.
Light: Full sun
Cold Hardiness: Frost sensitive annual
When to Sow Outside: RECOMMENDED. 1 to 2 weeks after your average last frost date, and when soil temperature is 70°–90°F.
When to Start Inside: Not recommended except in very short growing seasons, 2 to 4 weeks before transplanting.
Special Germination Instructions: Indoor germination: sow in biodegradable pots that can be planted directly into the ground. Transplant when soil temperature is at least 60°F.
Days to Emerge: 5 - 10 days
Seed Depth: 1/2"
Seed Spacing: 2 - 3 seeds per mound
Row Spacing: 4 - 6 feet apart
Thinning: When 3 leaves, thin to 1 plant per mound
Maturity Date: 80 days
When to Harvest: (1) the bottom of the melon (on the soil) turns from light green to a yellowish color; (2) the surface color of the fruit turns dull; (3) the skin becomes resistant to penetration by the thumbnail.
Additional Info: Harvest signs may not appear at same time.
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