Watermelon, Moon & Stars (Van Doren)
- Oval fruits grow to 15 inches long
- Fruits are covered with pea-sized bright yellow “stars” and usually one larger “moon”
- Spotted foliage
- Sweet pink flesh with brown seeds
- 90-95 days
This variety will grow well in most regions of the United States.
Originally introduced in 1924 as Sun, Moon and Stars by Peter Henderson & Co of New York. It created a sensation in 1981 when Merle Van Doren of Macon, Missouri shared this legendary long-lost variety with SSE. The 15" dark green oval fruits are covered with pea-sized bright yellow “stars” and usually one larger “moon.” Foliage is also spotted. The fruits have sweet pink flesh and brown seeds. 90-95 days.
Learn to Grow it
Direct Seed: 2-3" Apart
Seeds to Hill: 6-8 Seeds
Germination: 5-30 Days
Light: Full Sun - 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.
Watermelon seeds can be sown directly into the ground or planted indoors in soil trays or pots 4 weeks before planting them outside. This is a heat loving plant, so make sure that all chance of frost has passed and the soil has warmed before planting them outdoors. Watermelon seeds germinate in 4-10 days and can be planted outdoors in hills that are 12 inches across and 8 feet apart. Sow 6-8 seeds per hill at around 1/2 inch deep and thin the hill to 3-4 plants as the vines grow. If you are transplanting your watermelon, plant them in rows that allow ample room for vines to spread. This variety should be mature in 88-90 days.