Blacktail Mountain Watermelon

Citrullus lanatus | SKU: 0967A
4 Reviews
$3.75 to $9.71
  • Organic
  • Round fruits grow to 6-12 pounds
  • Deep scarlet flesh, dark green-black rind
  • Super sweet, juicy, and crunchy
  • Perfect for short season areas; also does well in hot humid climates
  • 65-75 days

This variety will grow well in most regions of the United States.

$3.75 to $9.71

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Item Details

Gorgeous green-black round fruits weigh 6-12 pounds. Deep scarlet flesh is super sweet, juicy, and crunchy. Perfect for short season areas; also does well in hot humid climates. Bred by SSE member Glenn Drowns in the 1970s when he lived in northern Idaho, where summer nights average 43°F. 65-75 days.

Learn to Grow Blacktail Mountain Watermelon

Direct Seed: 1/2" Deep

Seeds to Hill: 6-8 Seeds

Thin: To 3-4 Plants

Light: Full Sun

Instructions - Sow seeds outdoors in 12" diameter hills after danger of frost has passed and soil has warmed. Space hills 8' apart in all directions. Seeds will germinate in 4-10 days. Can also be started indoors 4 weeks before transplanting out. Watermelons love heat and prefer sandy or light-textured soils.

Ratings & Reviews

4 reviews


Good overall watermelon


Great watermelon plant that I have used 5 plus years. I like it because I get it in the ground about 2-3 weeks earlier than my other warm weather crops. Living mid south this is perfect to start early and harvest nicely. I have found whatever I put in my soil does come into the taste of the watermelon. One year I used a pesticide that had a salty smell and sure enough my melons had a hint of salt in them. Very productive for a small garden space and a lot of seeds can be harvested.

One of the best watermelons you can grow


This is a great heirloom watermelon. They look like black volleyballs growing and the taste is superb. Very sweet watermelon flavor and crispy fine grain flesh.

Sweet and not to big.


Great tasting watermelon. They're very sweet as long as you take good care of them. Responds well to organic gardening. Not very drought resistance also doesn't like too much water. So be careful when watering. Requires some skill growing. I would watch a youtube video for help if needed. My first grow was a learning experience. There wasn't an over abundance of seeds, enough to restock. Your not picking out seeds every single bite, which is great. I would recommend growing these.



it taste disgusting and hard to plant

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