(80 days) Open-pollinated. The first of its genre and still the standard northern icebox watermelon. Among the earliest in its class, Sugar Baby grows 8–10 lb fruits, dark green outside and deep red inside. Discovered in a field of picnic watermelons by M. Hardin of Geary, OK, in 1955 and introduced by the Woodside Seed Co. Still prized by those who prefer their watermelons open-pollinated and of modest size, although its flesh quality is grainier than the pricey supermarket mini-melons. ③
1028 Sugar Baby - Organic
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Citrullus lanatus1 gram packet about 20 seeds, sows 7 hills; 1⁄16 oz packet, packet about 40 seeds, sows 14 hills. 1 oz=about 670 seeds.
Culture: Harvesting watermelon at proper ripeness is an art. Thumping should produce a low, hollow sound. Spread thumb and forefinger and press hard on fruit. If you feel any give, watermelon is ripe. Don’t heed the traditional advice to wait for the closest tendril to brown—that may be too late. Minimum germination temperature 60°, optimal range 75–95°.