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Jun 1, 2015 8:11 PM CST
Name: Alex Junge
MN st paul, (Zone 4a)
I went to highland nurshery and picked out some watermelon seedlings started in pots and I got two different types when I thought I got just one. My question is which melon should I plant where.

ones called crimson sweet and it matures in 80 days but gets to 20 lbs

another is called surger baby and it matures in 75 days and gets about 7 to 10 lbs.


I have a 20 foot by 10 foot community garden plot I plan on planting one of them in/. this plot i will have more time in and get more enjoyment from and another bigger plot at the mss community garden plot that I will sadly hardly ever see/work with because I work at 12:45 am and the staff cant take me to the garden earlier in the mornings at my day program because of staffing/ time constraits . my gut feeling is plant the surgar baby at the 20 by 10 foot plot because its smaller and give away the giants to the bigger plot. I did start cream of staskewan seeds but I think they are more disease prone being an heirloom- they all died before i got them out .

I like big watermelons. Would crimson sweet work just as well.
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Jun 2, 2015 5:37 PM CST
Name: JoJo
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I prefer Sugar baby, I get them a bit sooner and it is less wasteful here. Sometimes I am the only one to eat watermelon, plus I prefer the taste
Either way, I hope they do well Big Grin
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Jun 2, 2015 10:06 PM CST
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Name: Rob Duval
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I've had trouble getting Crimson Sweets to get very large in my area...no where near their maximum potential. The few I do manage to get are on the small side (7-10 lbs tops) but taste pretty good.

Sugar Baby's, on the other hand, I've had quite a bit of success with. They grow to their full size and ripeness and taste great. The shorter growing seasons in my particular zone seem to prefer the smaller sized melons in my personal experience with them.

As to your specific question, the sugar baby melon plants will take up far less space than the crimson sweets and are more likely to reach their full potential, in my opinion.
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