Sugar Baby, organic seeds

Eco Heirloom variety

Information

Is a very early water melon yielding a decent harvest even outdoors in Southern Sweden on a good summer. At other times it needs help from fibre cloth, plastic tunnels or greenhouses. The plant has vines but is small and produces spherical, very dark-green fruits of up to 2-3kg (4-6 lbs.). The flesh is deeply red-orange with small dark brown seeds, sweet and very crispy. A portion contains about 15 seeds.


 

Product number:3380
Scientific name:Cucumis melo
Botanic family:The Squash Family - Cucurbitaceae
Organic:Yes
Days to maturity:76
Lifespan:Annual
F1 Hybrid:No
New variety:No
Sowing time:Pre-cultivate: April–May
Sowing depth:1–2 cm
Germination time:5–7 days
Plant spacing:40 cm tied up/60–100 cm on the ground
Row spacing:100–150 cm
Height:200–300 cm
Plant location:Sun
Harvest/blooming:August–September
Seeds/g:30–40 seeds
Heirloom variety:Yes

Cultivation advice

Sowing

The seeds are usually sown indoors or in a hotbed 4-5 weeks before planting outside. Sow in pots, 1 - 2 cm deep and 3-4 seeds in each one. The best germination temperature is around 30°C. Thin out to 1-2 plants in each pot and keep them in a light, airy place. Temper the plants before setting them out, which should be when the soil has warmed up and all risk of frost is over. In really warm places it is possible to sow them directly.

Spacing

The most suitable mutual distance between plants when winding along the ground is 60-100 cm. Bound up in a green house 40 cm is sufficient. The plant, when bound up, may need support for the fruits.   

Harvest

The season in Sweden is on the short side for fully mature water melons. Harvest as late as possible. Sugar Baby cannot withstand frost. 

Seed

30-40 seeds/g.
A portion contains about 15 seeds.