Sugar Baby "Icebox" Watermelon - Garden Seeds
Sugar Baby Watermelon (Citrullus lanatus), are intended to be started outdoors, but they can be started earlier indoors. These fruits are uniform in shape and size, weighing 7 to 10 pounds and being very round. Also known as the “Ice Box” watermelon because of its relatively small size.
Sugar Baby is an annual in Zones 3-9. Start outdoors well after the last frost and provide plenty of water on hot summer days. Allow it to soak up the sun!
Sugar Baby is known to have high yields and to have flesh so sweet the rind is even pretty tasty.
Variety: Sugar Baby
Other Names: Sugar Baby Watermelon
Seeds per Oz: Approx 610
Days to Maturity: 77-80 days
Open Pollinated: Yes
Plant Type: Annual in Zones 3-9
Hardiness Zone: 3-9
Uses: Garden Vegetable/Fruit
Temp Preference: Warmer
Light Preference: Full Sun
Comments: Also known as “Ice Box” Watermelon
|Seed Planting Depth||Seeds per Ounce||Germination Temperature||Days to Germination||Row Spacing||Plant Spacing||100' Row Yield||Sun|
|1 inch.||Approx 610||5-7 days||14 to 21||1 Foot||1 Foot||N/A||Full Sun|
Sowing: Sow indoors if possible and transplant. Outdoors, sow the seeds in spring after the last frost of the season. Space the plants at least a foot a part, in full sun. Germination takes about 3 to 4 weeks. Press into soil, but don’t cover yarrow seeds. Needs light to germinate.
Transplanting: Transplant to soil tilled or loosed to a depth of about a foot. Dig a hole at least 2x the diameter of the pot the plant was in. Fill in the soil around the root ball, ensuring that the top of the root ball is level with the ground.
Soil Preference: Watermelons like rich warm soil. Make sure your soil has good drainage and won’t be likely to accumulate standing water at the base of the plant.
Other Tips: Some gardeners don’t like the appearance of the flowering stalks, and these can be trimmed away (close to ground level). Do your best to remove dying or dead leaves. Keep away from standing water, as this can encourage leaf rot. Prolonged wet weather can also bring about rot.