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Watermelon, Bush Sugar Baby

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Sweet, scarlet (icebox) watermelons grow on space-saving vines

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A delicious, sweet must for small, sunny gardens. Each plant bears two 12 lb. melons. Burpee bred. After all danger of frost, sow 5 or 6 seeds in groups 6-8' apart .
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Days To Maturity The average number of days from when the plant is actively growing in the garden to the expected time of harvest.

80 days

Fruit Weight The average weight of the fruit produced by this product.

12 pounds

Sun The amount of sunlight this product needs daily in order to perform well in the garden. Full sun means 6 hours of direct sun per day; partial sun means 2-4 hours of direct sun per day; shade means little or no direct sun.

Full Sun

Spread The width of the plant at maturity.

24-36 inches

Height The typical height of this product at maturity.

15-24 inches

Sow Method This refers to whether the seed should be sown early indoors and the seedlings transplanted outside later, or if the seed should be sown directly in the garden at the recommended planting time.

Direct Sow

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Days To Maturity
80 days
Fruit Weight
12 pounds
Full Sun
24-36 inches
15-24 inches
Sow Method
Direct Sow
Planting Time
Sow Time
After Last Frost
24 inches
Life Cycle
Watermelon, Bush Sugar Baby is rated 3.4783 out of 5 by 23.
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Just like described These watermelons produced just as described here in Central PA....I direct sowed my seeds, and they each sprouted....each plant grew nice healthy vines and leaves and on 5 plants I think we harvested 8 full sized watermelon. Not a huge crop but they say only 2 per plant, and although the plants did have more at varying points, it's not recommended because they can't support more than that or the fruit won't be sweet enough generally. We did get a late start, and honestly the space was pretty small, but they did great with it. They turned a nice dark green, were bigger than the listed size, probably a little smaller than a volleyball with very sweet juicy red flesh when we cut into them. We are VERY limited on space, but this variety is fabulous, I only wish Burpee made a seedless bush variety. On a side note, I first fertilized with Mushroom Soil, which made ALL of my plants produce the LARGEST and highest yields I have ever witnessed in my life, tho regular consistent watering is a MUST.
Date published: 2016-03-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Adorable watermelons! I planted several of these watermelon plants on a trellis in a raised garden bed. My soil consisted of mushroom compost and garden soil with a couple amendments. My ripe melons ranged from 2-9.5 pounds (the 2 pound melon was not as sweet). Here are some of my pros for this melon: -Adorable watermelons; slice one lengthwise and you get two cute single-serving watermelon bowls -One of the sweetest melons I've tried -Dark green skin color is gorgeous -Space-saving; since these melons are so light, I was able to grow them on a conduit trellis w/o additional support (trellis was 5' high)
Date published: 2014-09-28
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Saves Garden Space Here in Kingman, AZ at 3500' we have a long, warm (often hot) growing season that is also very dry and often windy. I was late getting them in this year but I direct sowed Bush Sugar Baby on June 12. Not sure why everyone else had poor germination as every seed I planted came up. They were planted in rich, well composted soil. The reason I'm only giving three stars is because, while the vines are grew nicely and flowered well and I had lots of bees all over them I still have no fruit. All my other melons are going gangbusters and this one simply isn't producing this year. Last year I got several juicy, sweet little (5 lb) melons from this variety and I thought, wow, what a terrific watermelon. I'll grow them again next year but will hedge my bets by planting Blacktail Mountain and Moon and Stars like I did this year.
Date published: 2014-08-30
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Not impressed I was hoping for a very sweat melon and plants that will produce a high yield. What a let down. I planted 12 seeds and only 5 came up. Then I started to get 2 golf ball, 4 mini Nerf basketball and then 1 true to form personal watermelon size fruits. It is true that this water melon vine doesn't like a lot of water and the fruit will begin to rot if left on the wet soil to long. As you can tell I only got 6 melons to develop and only one was barley develop well enough to enjoy before the vine fully died off. I am growing 2 other types of water melons and not having any problems what so ever. I will try again next year. If it doesn't work out, I will definitely get my seeds from another online seller.
Date published: 2013-10-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from loving this brandof watermelon this is me and my dh first time growing watermelon and sofar it growing like crazy we have plenty of melons will write another review once we harvest them or 1 for taste we grew these in a earthbox watering 2 or 3 time a day because of the texas heat and they love the sun
Date published: 2013-07-07
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Not impressed These seeds started out well in growing medium, and then transferred to mixture of compost + vermiculite + peat moss. I kept them under growing lights and transplanted then outdoors into raised beds with same type of soil (compost included along with some sand). Watered them regularly and they are located in a sunny spot. They aren't taking off at all...just look like they are withering away. Not sure what else to do with these. My sugar snap peas, carrots, arugula, spinach, sweet peppers, garlic, onions, asparagus and strawberries are all doing well. But not these watermelon (or the bush champion cucumbers...same deal as these watermelon....) Oh well.
Date published: 2013-05-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Tasting Small Watermelon I grew these last year, but sadly had to leave the state for an extended period of time due to the illness and then death of my mother. When I got back, the person I had taking care of my garden didn't! Almost everything was dead including these watermelons. To my surprise they self seeded and came up at the end of the summer. I thought "I'll just let them grow and see what happens." Well, watermelon happened! I harvested the last one on Christmas day and it was just as delicious as if it had grown in the summer!! Granted here at the bottom of Texas we have had a very mild winter, but we had reduced sun hours and this was not in the best location for sun at that time, only 4 - 5 hrs a day. Vines are nice and compact and fruit just the right size for me and my hubby. Although with seeds, they run in lines near the center of the fruit, so there is lots of area with almost no seeds. I'm definitely growning these again this year.
Date published: 2013-01-19
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Not Impressed This year has been a challenge for growing watermelons with the heat and drought conditions here. I planted 3 different varieties of watermelon. This variety did not fare well. I had one plant that germinated from the whole package of seeds. The one plant only produced 1 watermelon that got to about 2 lbs and quit growing. The two other varieties that I planted did much better. I won't plant these again. The only redeeming quality they have is that the vines don't spread out and take up a lot of space.
Date published: 2012-08-14
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