Sugar Baby Watermelon question

GeekellaMay 22, 2014

After a little teeny baby watermelon is pollinated and starts to get a bit bigger, how long does it usually take for the melon to develop into maturity? (this is the sugar baby variety)

Now, I know you're going to say things like "it depends on the weather conditions" and "depends on your zone/soil/ect"

so lets just say I live in zone 8, and for hypothetical reason's we'll say i get generally nice weather for the most part, always watering in times that there is no rain. We already fertilized the soil.

I ask because I have SO many little baby watermelons that have been pollinated and are slowly getting bigger.

So basically i'm just excited and would like a guesstimate. I know these things aren't something you can know for sure. Thanks for you help

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fruitnut Z7 4500ft SW TX

I think my 25 pounders take about 55 days. I'm recording as we speak. Wrote down when I pollinated the first one and it took on May 11. That melon is now 8 inches by 4 inches and might be ripe by the 4th of July.

Yours should be about 45 days I'd guess. How big are they now? Are you sure they're set? Usually only about 10% set. The rest get about an inch long and quit growing.

    Bookmark   May 22, 2014 at 8:49PM
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edweather(Zone 5a/b Central NY)

I was going to say 6 weeks. That's about what mine were in the past, let's say I live in Z5, which would be a little cooler, so your's might be a bit faster.

    Bookmark   May 22, 2014 at 9:12PM
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don555(3a)

First off, let me start off by expressing a bit of outrage and jealousy about anyone who is fussing about watermelon fertilization on May 22.... I planted my "just-sprouted" watermeon seeds in the garden a day or two ago.

That said, I looked up my garden records from last year for "Yellow Doll" watermelon, which yields watermelons about the same size as Sugar Baby... I noted on August 12 that the melons were ping-pong ball size so that's when I assumed pollination was successsful, then the first ripe melon was picked Sept. 16, or 5 weeks later.

    Bookmark   May 23, 2014 at 2:49AM
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Orchardman(7)

Mid July to Early August

    Bookmark   May 23, 2014 at 10:08PM
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