Watermelon, Moon & Stars (Van Doren)
- Oval fruits grow to 15 inches long
- Spotted foliage
- Sweet pink flesh with brown seeds
This variety will grow well in most regions of the United States.
Watermelon, Moon & Stars (Van Doren) Description
This variety is also known as "Sun, Moon & Stars" watermelon for its pea-sized bright yellow "stars" and large round "moons" on the dark green rind.
Seed Savers Exchange co-founder Kent Whealy searched for years for this variety before rediscovering it n Merle Van Doren's farm near Macon, Missouri.
It is possible that the watermelon originated in Africa and that it was cultivated in the Nile Valley as early as the 2nd millennium BCE and is mentioned in the Bible.
Later the watermelon was brought to India and China before being brought to Europe. It was brought to North America by European colonists and African slaves.
Learn to Grow it
This crop can be direct seeded into the soil after the last spring frost. You can also start plants indoors 3-6 weeks before the last frost date.
If you are direct seeding, plant in groups of 2-3 seeds and keep the healthiest plant that matures. Space your plants or seeds 12-18 inches apart and plant 1/2-1 in. deep.
Make sure that your soil is well fertilized as this crop is a heavy feeder and takes a lot of nutrients from the soil. Consider adding compost to the soil the year before you plant.
These plants prefer warm weather and soil so they should be grown when temperatures are over 68 degrees F. You should avoid watering them from above as damp leaves may be susceptible to disease.