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Watermelon, Sugar Baby

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Sweet tasting 'Ice Box' watermelon.

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Sweet, fine-textured, medium-red flesh. The round, 12 lb., dark green skinned melons grow 8 in. across. GARDEN HINTS: For early fruiting and to overcome a short growing season, plants may be started indoors in peat pots. Water during hot, dry periods.
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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.

75 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.

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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Days To Maturity
75 days
Fruit Weight
12 pounds
Full Sun
72-96 inches
15-24 inches
Sow Method
Direct Sow
Planting Time
Sow Time
After Last Frost
36 inches
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Watermelon, Sugar Baby is rated 4.1 out of 5 by 10.
Rated 3 out of 5 by from OK Great germination. I got almost all of the seeds to come up. I had 3-4 melons per vine, but around half of them hit 4 inches across and stopped growing. The ones I did pick tasted good. And don't be fooled by the "4-5 foot spread", I had one of the main vines get 19 foot long. No joke. I was greatly disappointed in sugar baby.
Date published: 2015-08-04
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Prolific, but seedy I easily got 4-5 melons per vine in the 2014 growing season, with larger ones earlier and smaller ones later. But across the board they were really really seedy. To the point that you really didn't get much usable fruit of out them. I've also planted the bush version of these and had good luck, I just wanted more melons than those little vines can produce. Not sure what to do in 2015.
Date published: 2015-03-13
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Good flavor, poor yield I would give this five stars for flavor; it's the best watermelon I have tasted. However, I've grown these two years in a row, and the yield has been very poor both years. This year I thought I'd try hand-pollinating, to see whether I could get more melons, but when I examined the plants I realized they simply weren't putting out female flowers. This wasn't just early in the season (it's normal for male flowers to appear first), but all summer long. Nice, healthy-looking vines, plenty of male flowers, but few if any females. This year, out of six plants, I got exactly one melon. (It was delicious.) Last year I got two. I don't know why they aren't inclined to bear for me; all my other melons (muskmelons, honeydew, Canary, and Charentais) have done very well. Next year I will probably try some other variety of small watermelon. It's a pity, because I do like these, but I need something that's a more reliable producer.
Date published: 2014-08-19
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Prolific Well, not 12 pounds, not 8" across. Could be because the family joke is that I gave a green hand, not a green thumb. Mine was 16 pounds and 11" across. Heavy. Juicy. I thumped it and it sounded ready. The tendril was dried up. Both indicators of it being ready. I will wait an extra week for the next one. I hope the weather holds so that they all ripen. I must have 20 melons out there from two hills, with 3 plants per hill. Oh, and the vines are a solid 12" long. Just used compost dirt and added mushroom manure. Only gave it a 4 because it isn't as sweet as I wanted.
Date published: 2014-08-07
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Waiting for Watermelons I planted 6 Sugar Baby watermelon seeds in an Earthbox on April 10th, 2012. All six seeds germinated and quickly started growing. The vines are now starting to form. I expect watermelons to be ready to harvest in July-August. I planted 6 more seeds recently and transplanted them into another Earthbox. Something ate 3 of the sprouts, so now I only have 3 plants forming. If these grow as well as the other Earthbox, then I should get watermelons in the August-September range. So I don't know why everyone else had so much trouble getting these seeds to germinate. Every seed I planted germinated within 10 days of planting. So I have to rate Sugar Baby as a 4, although it might be a winner once I can start harvesting watermelons.
Date published: 2012-05-09
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Sweet, Perfect For Kids These tiny, adorable watermelons are so tasty. My children just loved checking on them everyday and watching them grow. When they were ready to harvest they were the perfect size to cut in half and give them each a spoon to dig in. This is the second year I've grown these, and they will definitely be a staple in the garden in years to come.
Date published: 2011-11-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Easy Breezie This was the First time I planted watermelon and it will be in my garden from now on. I started the seeds out indoors to get a jump on the season. YES YOU CAN GROW WATERMELON IN MICHIGAN, I DID!!! Keep it watered and you should have enough to share with friends and family.
Date published: 2009-03-08
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Sweet as sugar I germinated these seeds in gruops of three or four outdoors in little cups.I planted them in four locations and thinned each group down to the biggest vine after a few weeks. The thin vines grew quickly eventually reaching 9-11 feet each. The four plants produced a total of 9 melons,five of which matured to ripeness.The other four just stopped growing at various points of their immaturity. The ones that didnt rot off of the vine grew to maturity at different sizes.I was unsure when to pick them,this is my first attempt at gardening.The bigger ones were easy.I just thumped them till they sounded kind of hollow.Then I waited another two weeks to pick them off.Maybe I just got lucky but,they were all ripe. The smaller ones I actually squeezed till they were somewhat tender and that seems to have worked also. I used no pesticides but didn't have a pest problem anyway. These melons were very sweet,and had a dense texture wich packed alot of juice per square inch.They are every bit as tasty as everyone says,and easy to grow too.
Date published: 2007-08-17
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