Moon & Stars (Van Doren) Watermelon

Citrullus lanatus | SKU: 0266A
4 Reviews
$3.75 to $33.08
  • Organic
  • 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.

$3.75 to $33.08

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Item Details

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. This watermelon created a sensation in 1981 when Merle Van Doren of Macon, Missouri shared this legendary variety with SSE. 90-95 days.

Learn to Grow Moon & Stars (Van Doren) 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


Poor germination


Poor germination. Pre-sprouted with very low germination.

Love these


I am so excited about these watermelons. I have 2 larger ones on now and several babies. I Have a bit to go before they are ripe.

Poor germination, but hopeful!


Direct seeded 24 seeds and had 4 germinate. Good flowering and now have 5 watermelons across the 4 vines.

Reliable, tasty, and fun!


I've been growing this cultivar for several years in NE Ohio and it's consistently performed well. Had a bout of powdery mildew in the garden a couple years in a row but this one seemed unaffected. Good flavor and the spotted vines & fruit always attract attention in the market. The large "moon" spots seem sparse some years. We give these a head start indoors before the season starts for more production.