Sweet Siberian Watermelon (Citrullus lanatus)
These green, oblong watermelons originated in Russia. First introduced in the U.S. by Peter Henderson and Co. in 1898, the Sweet Siberian has juicy, light pink to apricot-colored flesh. Matures in just 80 to 85 days. Produces fruit between 5 and 10 lbs.
- 25 seeds minimum
- Germination: 5-10 days
- Maturity: 80-85 days
- Direct sow ½-1” deep in full sun after last frost or start indoors 3-4 weeks prior to last frost. Harden off seedlings before planting. Watermelon seedlings prefer not to be disturbed; direct sow is suggested.
- Sow seeds 6” apart. Space plants 18” apart in rows 6-8’ apart.