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
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.