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.
|Scientific name:||Cucumis melo|
|Botanic family:||The Squash Family - Cucurbitaceae|
|Days to maturity:||76|
|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|
SowingThe 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.
SpacingThe 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.
HarvestThe season in Sweden is on the short side for fully mature water melons. Harvest as late as possible. Sugar Baby cannot withstand frost.
A portion contains about 15 seeds.