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Watermelon plants are vigorous, vining plants which need to be given quite a bit of space to ramble in. They produce large melons of varying sizes and colors, depending on the variety.

Latin Name

Citrullus lanatus



Type of Plant

Annuals Annuals
Vegetables Vegetables

Bloom Season

July - August


Summer Summer


Max height Max Height: 1.5'
Max spread Max Spread: 15'


  • Annual
  • Edible
  • Vegetable

  • Sunlight Exposure

    Full Sun Full Sun


    Native Range



    On May 5th, 1788 George Washington recorded the planting of "water mellen" seeds in his diary.

    Other Details

    Pollinator Pollinator
    Grown by Washington Grown by Washington

    Planted at Mount Vernon

    Planted at Mount Vernon Lower Garden Pioneer Farm

  • Lower Garden
  • Pioneer Farm

  • Hardiness Zones

    USDA basemap

    Average annual extreme minimum temperature 1976-2005

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