(Citrullus lanatus) 73 days. Sugar Baby Open Pollinated Watermelon is a small icebox variety that weigh about 6 to 10 lbs. The rind is thin and the flesh is red. Sugar Baby watermelon are a good home garden variety especially in northern areas where longer season melons will not ripen.
Planting Instructions for Sugar Baby Watermelon Seeds
Sugar Baby Watermelon are heat loving plants that prefer well drained loose soil and an even amount of water. Plant heirloom watermelon in rows or hills but make sure the soil is well warmed. In cooler climates, you can start watermelon seeds indoors 2-4 weeks. before last frost to extend the growing season. Plant seeds ½ – 1″ deep. Plant seeds or set out heirloom watermelon transplants in full sun. For rows plant 6-12″ apart, in rows 6-10′ apart. For hills plant 4-6 seeds per hill, in 1′ diameter hills, with hills 6-10′ apart. Germination should occur in 3-10 days in soil 70-85°F. In hills thin to 2 plants per hill. In rows thin plants to or set out transplants 24-36″ apart. Harvest heirloom watermelon when fruit sounds hollow when thumped, when surface color turns dull, or underside turns yellow.