Watermelon – Citrullus lanatus
Family Cucurbitaceae (Gourd family)
Watermelons require a fairly large space to grow. These warm-season fruits have seeded as well as seedless varieties and vary widely in size and shape. The flesh of the watermelon can be dark red, pink or yellow. Like other cucurbits (cucumber, squash, pumpkin, and cantaloupe), watermelon requires pollination for fruit set.
Cultural practices such as proper site selection, soil preparation, planting, and watering are important for plant health, pest management and pest reduction when growing watermelon.
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