PlantsWatermelons→Watermelon (Citrullus lanatus 'Sugar Baby')

General Plant Information (Edit)
Plant Habit: Vine
Life cycle: Annual
Sun Requirements: Full Sun
Water Preferences: Mesic
Dry Mesic
Plant Height: 1.5 to 2 feet
Plant Spread: 8 to 12 feet or more
Fruit: Showy
Other: Each fruit is 6 to 8 inches in diameter, medium to dark green rind with darker veins, each fruit weighs from 6 to 10 pounds .
Fruiting Time: Summer
Flower Color: Yellow
Bloom Size: Under 1"
Uses: Vegetable
Edible Parts: Fruit
Eating Methods: Raw
Wildlife Attractant: Bees
Resistances: Drought tolerant
Propagation: Seeds: Days to germinate: Approximately 10 days
Depth to plant seed: 1.5 inches
Sow in situ
Can handle transplanting
Pollinators: Bees
Various insects


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Posted by farmerdill (Augusta Georgia - Zone 8a) on Jul 2, 2012 4:54 PM

A long time standard for ice box type melons (8-12 lbs), it is productive and good quality. I prefer Mickylee in this group but Sugar Baby is a good melon.

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Posted by robertduval14 (Mason, New Hampshire - Zone 5b) on Mar 3, 2013 6:37 PM

Can be a bit tricky to grow up here in southern New Hampshire (zone 5b), but so can all varieties of watermelon. Make sure to get them started as soon as possible to give them the time they need to finish. That being said, this variety is always the one I recommend to friends in the area that are keen to give watermelon a try. The vines don't require quite as much space and their smaller size helps them to finish earlier. Now...assuming you get them to finish, you will be quite happy with the flavor of these sweet melons. They also store very well.

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Plant Events from our members
dragonfetti On April 1, 2015 Transplanted
dragonfetti On March 18, 2015 Seeds germinated
dragonfetti On March 10, 2015 Seeds sown
In 'G' container with vermiculite.
dragonfetti On January 29, 2015 Obtained plant
American Seed $.99
lovesblooms On July 1, 2015 Bloomed
lovesblooms On May 16, 2015 Seeds germinated
lovesblooms On May 6, 2015 Seeds sown
Kristine1212 On April 11, 2018 Seeds sown
phish49 On July 5, 2019 Obtained plant
Had to start a seed today in the EB. Freedom melon I hope. Others are still going but seem slow. 1 is larger than num2 .
phish49 On July 2, 2019 Obtained plant
W-1— Noticed this little fruit on 5/01/19, pic on 5/2
phish49 On June 22, 2019 Obtained plant
Started 2 more today. One possibly for EB
phish49 On May 28, 2019 Obtained plant
Planted another in the SE corner of garden bed. No expectations
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