The Main Plant entry for Watermelons (Citrullus lanatus)

This database entry exists to show plant data and photos that apply generically to all Watermelons.

General Plant Information (Edit)
Plant Habit: Vine
Life cycle: Annual
Sun Requirements: Full Sun
Water Preferences: Mesic
Dry Mesic
Flower Color: Yellow
Uses: Vegetable
Edible Parts: Fruit
Resistances: Drought tolerant
Propagation: Seeds: Sow in situ
Can handle transplanting
Pollinators: Various insects

Common names
  • Watermelon

Photo Gallery
Location: Opp, AL  Z8b
Date: 2016-06-23
Location: Opp, AL  Z8b
Date: 2016-06-15

Date: 2020-12-20
Flesh and seeds of heirloom variety "Winter watermelon". Used to

Date: 2018-08-18
Personal size
Location: Augusta GA
Date: 2022-07-09
Location: Maryland
Date: 2014-09-19

Date: 2020-12-20
External appearance of "winter watermelon"
Location: Opp, AL
Date: 2015-06-17
Location: central Illinois
Date: 2015-08-29
Location: Opp, AL
Date: 2015-06-25

Date: September
credit: Prenn
Location: Opp, AL  Z8b
Date: 2016-06-08
Location: Maine
Uploaded by joseph
Location: central Illinois
Date: 2014-09-29
Location: zone 8 Lake City, Fl.
Date: 2013-07-22
seed from a mini seedless
Location: zone 8 Lake City, Fl.
Date: 2013-07-22
This is a mini seedless but there are some seeds
Location: zone 8 Lake City, Fl.
Date: 2013-07-22
  • Posted by Bonehead (Planet Earth - Zone 8b) on Nov 15, 2017 9:15 AM concerning plant:
    Pudd'nHead Wilson in Huckleberry Finn described watermelon as "..the chief of this world's luxuries, king by the grace of God over all the fruits of the earth. When one has tasted it, he knows what the angels eat. It was not a southern watermelon that Eve took; we know it because she repented." ~Mark Twain
  • Posted by Marilyn (Kentucky - Zone 6a) on May 24, 2013 12:08 AM concerning plant:
    "A watermelon contains about 6% sugar and 91% water by weight. As with many other fruits, it is a source of vitamin C.

    The amino-acid citrulline was first extracted from watermelon and analyzed. Watermelons contain a significant amount of citrulline and after consumption of several kilograms, an elevated concentration is measured in the blood plasma; this could be mistaken for citrullinaemia or other urea cycle disorders.

    Watermelon rinds, usually a light green or white color, are also edible and contain many hidden nutrients, but most people avoid eating them due to their unappealing flavor. They are sometimes used as a vegetable. In China, they are stir-fried, stewed or more often pickled. When stir-fried, the skin and fruit is removed, and the rind is cooked with olive oil, garlic, chili peppers, scallions, sugar and rum. Pickled watermelon rind is also commonly consumed in the Southern US. Watermelon juice can be made into wine.

    Watermelon is mildly diuretic and contains large amounts of carotenoids. Watermelon with red flesh is a significant source of lycopene. Preliminary research indicates the consumption of watermelon may have antihypertensive effects."

    Taken from wikipedia's page at:

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