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Watermelon, Moon And Stars Heirloom

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Heirloom watermelon named for the moon and stars pattern of the skin.

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A spectacular watermelon, with fine flavor, introduced by the Henderson seed company in 1926. The skin is deep green, speckled with hundreds of golden yellow stars and a few half-dollar sized moons. Even the foliage has yellow "stars". The fruit is red. Melons are medium sized 25 lb. and slightly oblong. Certified Organic Seed.
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Product properties

Days To Maturity The average number of days from when the plant is actively growing in the garden to the expected time of harvest.

100 days

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

25 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.

72-96 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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How to Sow and Plant

Sowing Seed Indoors:

  • Direct sowing is recommended, but to get a head start you can start watermelon indoors 3-4 weeks before the last frost in individual biodegradable pots indoors. Sow 2-3 seeds per pot.
  • Sow seeds 1 inch deep in seed-starting formula
  • Keep the soil moist at 70 degrees F
  • Seedlings emerge in 7-10 days
  • As soon as seedlings emerge, provide plenty of light on a sunny windowsill or grow seedlings 3-4 inches beneath fluorescent plant lights turned on 16 hours per day, off for 8 hours at night. Raise the lights as the plants grow taller. Incandescent bulbs will not work for this process because they will get too hot. Most plants require a dark period to grow, do not leave lights on for 24 hours.
  • Seedlings do not need much fertilizer, feed when they are 3-4 weeks old using a starter solution (half strength of a complete indoor houseplant food) according to manufacturer’s directions.
  • Thin to one plant per pot.
  • Before planting in the garden, seedling plants need to be “hardened off”. Accustom young plants to outdoor conditions by moving them to a sheltered place outside for a week. Be sure to protect them from wind and hot sun at first. If frost threatens at night, cover or bring containers indoors, then take them out again in the morning. This hardening off process toughens the plant’s cell structure and reduces transplant shock and scalding.

Sowing Directly in the Garden

  • Sow in fertile, warm soil after danger of frost has passed.
  • Sow seeds 3 inches apart in groups of 4-6 in raised hills. Cover with 1 inch of fine soil and firm lightly.
  • Space groups 5-7 feet apart each way.
  • Keep evenly moist.
  • Seedlings emerge in 7-10 days.
  • Thin to 2 or 3 strongest seedlings in each group when they are 1-2 inches high.
  • PLEASE NOTE: Seedless varieties do not produce pollen and therefore cannot pollinate themselves. A pollinator (seeded variety) is included to insure a good fruit harvest both seedless and the pollinator seed must be planted together.

How to Grow

  • Keep weeds under control during the growing season. Weeds compete with plants for water, space and nutrients, so control them by either cultivating often or use a mulch to prevent their seeds from germinating. 
  • Watermelon plants have a shallow root system, mulches help retain soil moisture and maintain even soil temperatures.
  • Keep plants well-watered during the growing season, especially during dry spells. Plants need about 1-2 inches of rain per week during the growing season. Use a rain gauge to check to see if you need to add water. It's best to water with a drip or trickle system that delivers water at low pressure at the soil level. If you water with overhead sprinklers, water early in the day so the foliage has time to dry off before evening, to minimize disease problems. Keep the soil moist but not saturated.
  • Do not move the vines, they are easily injured.
  • Monitor for pests and diseases. Check with your local Cooperative Extension Service for pest controls recommended for your area.

Harvest & Preserving

  • Watermelons are ripe when the tendrils next to the fruit turn brown.
  • The spot where the fruit rested on the ground will turn to a creamy yellow.
  • When you rap on the watermelon it will have a dull or hollow thud rather than a sharp sound.
  • To avoid damage, cut the watermelon off the vine with sharp shears.
  • Watermelon may be stored for one to two weeks in the refrigerator. For cut watermelon, wrap the cut side in plastic wrap and store in the fridge for 3-4 days. 
Days To Maturity
100 days
Fruit Weight
25 pounds
Full Sun
72-96 inches
15-24 inches
Sow Method
Direct Sow
Planting Time
Sow Time
After Last Frost
36 inches
Life Cycle
Watermelon, Moon And Stars Heirloom is rated 3.6363636363636362 out of 5 by 11.
Rated 4 out of 5 by from The juiciest melon in my garden I am a northern gardener and ordered these for the fun of it. I really did not know if I would have 100 days of growing weather. I direct seeded them and was able to eat 5 or 6 of them. Mine had small yellow dots, no big ones like in the picture, but very attractive. I have had sweeter melons but none any juicier than these were. They were great fun.
Date published: 2016-09-16
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Unique but disappointing Melons were prolific and grew to around thirty pounds. Beautiful to look at but the taste was disappointing. Bright red flesh but not as sweet as other melons I grew. It was fun for novelty but won't be growing it again.
Date published: 2016-08-13
Rated 1 out of 5 by from First try for these. Indoor sown, every precious seed germinated. The seedlings all got a few leaves on them, they looked good. Then they died, like overnight. I was so sad. But I will keep trying until I succeed, because they look delicious.
Date published: 2015-08-10
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Spot On I have grown this watermelon for years and it has deep red flesh and a very strong sweet flavor.Highly recommended!!
Date published: 2013-03-10
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Good producer, great taste One of the better watermelons I've grown. Dark flesh has a great taste and plants consistently produced 3-4 fruits per plant for me. Will continue to grow this watermelon for the foreseeable future.
Date published: 2013-03-02
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Awesome flavor The 'Moon & Stars' melon is bout the best tasting I've ever had. I started them indoor in early may, by mid to late August I was pickin melons. The largest this year was a solid 33 pounder. My kids just love them!
Date published: 2012-09-06
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Hopeful Heirloom Melon I planted the seeds as directed but only a small portion of the seeds have sprouted. Hopefully the others are late.
Date published: 2012-05-09
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Must've been a new moon Because mine never sprouted. Not a single seed from my scant packet of these came up. :( What a shame!
Date published: 2011-08-27
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