Watermelon, Moon & Stars (Van Doren)

Citrullus lanatus
$2.99 to $111.30
SKU: 0266A
  • 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.

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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.

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.