Scientific name: Citrullus lanatus
Common name: Watermelon
General description: Watermelon is a plant of the Cucurbitaceae family. It is a creeping vine native to the dry regions of Africa thought to be the Kalahari Desert, where watermelon still grows wild. It entered Europe in the 13th century, brought by the Moors.
Nutritional facts: Rich in lycopene, it contains antioxidant properties.
We have the following varieties available:
- 'Sugar Baby' watermelon, a traditional watermelon variety, with dark green rind and bright red flesh. Very sweet, small, and easy to grow.
- 'Crimson Sweet' watermelon, a striped watermelon variety.
Climate: This is a crop that likes high temperatures. Southern exposure is favorable, leading to additional warmth.
Soil: The crop prefers light, deep, rich, well-drained soils and should have a pH between 6.0 and 6.8.
Watering: Due to the water requirements throughout the crop cycle, the drip irrigation system is indicated. Avoid watering during the week before full maturity as this can seriously affect the quality of the fruit.
Sowing time: From April to June.
Harvest time: From July to October.