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Sugar Baby Watermelon Seeds

Organic, Heirloom

#3131
This packet sows up to 14 mounds.
3.3333333333333 out of 5 stars
(6 reviews)
Availability: In Stock
Summer never tasted so good! As the name suggests, 'Sugar Baby' is delectably sweet and small enough to easily fit in the refrigerator. This plant produces an abundant crop of 7"–10", 8–10 pound, juicy fruit with red flesh.
$1.99 1.5 grams

Botanical Name: Citrullus lanatus

Days to Maturity: 80 days

Family: Cucurbitaceae

Native: Africa

Hardiness: Frost-sensitive annual

Plant Dimensions: 6'–10' vines

Variety Information: 8–10 pound fruit about 9" long with bright red, sweet flesh, and fewer than average, very small seeds. The rind is dark green with thin, mottled, darker green stripes. 'Sugar Baby' was introduced in 1959.

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. Roots are sensitive to disturbance; 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: ½"

Seed Spacing: 2–3 seeds per mound

Row Spacing: 4'–6' apart

Thinning: When 3 leaves, thin to 1 plant per mound

Harvesting: It can be tricky to know exactly when a watermelon is ripe and ready to pick. First, know the number of "days to harvest" and begin checking fruits as harvest date draws closer. Signs to look for are: (1) the bottom of the melon (where it lies 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 and is rough to the touch; and (4) light green, curly tendril on the stem near the point of attachment of the melon is brown and dry. All of these indicators may not necessarily occur at the same time.

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Sugar Baby Watermelon Seeds Reviews

6 reviews

Germination review

4 out of 5 stars May 1, 2020
One in four of my seeds germinated which is lower than I would have expected. I have yet to transplant and harvest so I have my fingers crossed for that! Germination technique- soaked in purified water for a couple of hours prior to planting. *After my low germination rate I read that you shouldn't do that with watermelon seeds. I planted them in loose potting soil and placed them in a warm spot with indirect sun. Seeds started in zone 8b on 4/3. I think most of the early results are related to my pre-soak error.
Jillian from TX

poor germination

2 out of 5 stars Jun 12, 2020
was about to throw out pots, when suddenly seeds germinated, 3 months after planted. I planted with heat mats and lights, not sure what else would make the seeds germinate. Probably no production from these seeds this year. I am in Colorado with freaky weather, early indoor plant starts are critical.
G Griswold from CO
Owner Response: Hi G, Thank you for taking the time to leave a comment. It sounds like you had delayed germination with more than one cucurbit cultivar. Maybe our horticulturists can help, horticulturist@botanicalinterests.com. It sounds like there is something about the growing environment that can be improved to speed up the germination. Lights are not necessary until seedlings emerge, but warm soil and consistent moisture are necessary. We do need the extra time here in Colorado, but for the best results plants should be about 3 to 4 weeks old when they are hardened off and transplanted. We would love to help, please email our horticulturist if you would like some troubleshooting tips.

Beautiful vines, lots of fruit

5 out of 5 stars Jul 28, 2020
Excellent germination rate. Great looking vines. Plenty of fruit
Andre Della Santa from MD

One germinated

1 out of 5 stars Aug 13, 2020
Only one germinated. Would not recommend.
Leslie from OR
Owner Response: Hi Leslie, Thank you for sharing your experience. We are sorry you experienced poor germination with this seed. We do have our seeds tested frequently by a third-party laboratory to ensure germination levels exceed federal and our own standards. We pride ourselves on quality and guarantee our seeds. It appears you had a hard time with a few varieties. A customer service agent will contact you shortly to troubleshoot and see how we can help.

So far, so good

5 out of 5 stars Apr 30, 2021
Not planted too long ago, but 7 of 8 seeds planted germinated (in ground planting).
Chris from FL

Took awhile to get going but do have melons.

3 out of 5 stars Jul 21, 2021
I had some of the same problems as other reviewers in getting the seeds to germinate. I started indoors early in peat pots, with no success after 3 weeks. Then I directly sowed outside, after our last frost and In the end I got one plant from the first try of 9 seeds. I tried again a month later and 2 plants from the second try of 6 seeds. I think perhaps they need the soil needed to warm up a bit for the best result. In any case, the plants I do have are growing prolifically and I continue to get of flowers. Not all of them produced fruit, only a couple melons on the first plant, but that's okay for us. They are big, green and healthy. We have quite a long growing season here and It appears that I may get a second crop perhaps next month from the later planted seeds. In summary, I didn't get quite the bang for my buck in germination rate, but the resulting fruit from what I did get is excellent, good enough anyway to try again next year.
izzi from NM
Owner Response: Hi Izzi, We are sorry you had difficulty germinating these seeds. They do indeed need very warm soil to germinate. With pollinators struggling plants in this family like squash, cucumbers, and other melons more and more frequently hand pollination is needed to get a good crop. We have an article on the topic that is linked on this page under the "Learn More" tab. We hope that helps!

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