Citrullus lanatus

Delicious apricot-colored flesh with great texture. Long vines. Direct sow or start early.


The USDA maintains seed banks throughout the country that help researchers, breeders, and seed companies access a huge diversity of genetic material; it is a vital store of materials that have been collected from around the world. Glenn Drowns, director of the Sand Hill Preservation Center in Iowa, discovered this variety as a seed bank accession, quickly learning that it was an ideal orange-fleshed watermelon for his short-season area. It is super sweet, with excellent texture, and robust growth habit. But can it really be grown in Siberia? We're not so sure, though it grows very well in the Northeast! 

Large, oblong fruits have a deep green rind. The apricot colored flesh is crisp and sweet. Pair with Blacktail Mountain and Cream of Saskatchewan on a platter for a dazzling display of colour. Sow indoors 2-3 weeks before last frost date and transplant plants 3' apart after threat of frost has passed.


Art Pack, 30 seeds

Product ID# , Certified Organic by NOFA-NY LLC

Sweet Siberian Watermelon | Hudson Valley Seed Company | Organic Heirloom Se

  • Days to Germination 5-14 days
    Days to Maturity 85 days
    Planting Depth 1"
    Spacing in Row 18"
    Spacing Between Rows 60"
    Height at Maturity 18 inches
    Width at Maturity 60 inches


    Delicious, sweet, orange glow flesh with great texture. Watermelons can be started indoors or direct sown, but be sure to get them in close to your last spring frost date, especially in areas with shorter seasons. Sweet Siberian produces long vines and 1-3 fruits weighing 5-10 pounds each per plant.

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