Citrullus lanatus



Annual vine with branched tendrils. Leaves pinnate or dissected. Yellow flowers. Edible fruit is globose to oblong, dark or light green, mottled or striped.


Harvest when skin becomes bumpy and the undersurface becomes yellow. Fruit keep for approximately two weeks. Eaten raw. Vegetable.


Requires temperatures between 25-30 degrees C at planting time, followed by four consecutive months of temperatures of 21-30 degrees C. Higher temperatures can be tolerated. Prefers fertile, friable and well-drained soil. Keep moist, but not waterlogged. Avoid wetting the foliage. Requires applications of fertiliser throughout the growing season. Optimum soil pH of 5.8 A flat dry surface under the fruit will reduce the risk of pest and disease attack. Pest problems include aphis, mites and leafhopper. Disease problems include powdery and downy mildew, fusarium wilt, black rot, alternaria leaf spot and bacterial wilt.


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'Home Vegetable Growing' and 'Commercial Vegetable Production' courses through Australian Correspondence Schools, see 'Commercial Hydroponics' on CDROM from Australian Correspondence Schools, see

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