This Bush Sugar Baby Watermelon is an excellent smaller sized watermelon that is perfect for the home garden and roadside stands. This sweet, scarlet “icebox” melons grow on space-saving vines only 3-1/2′ long. Sugar Baby watermelons save space in the garden and in the refrigerator. The only thing big about this little round watermelon is the wonderful flavor – rich, juicy and incredibly sweet!
SOWING AND GROWING: A light, well-drained soil with a pH of 6.5–7.5 and a southern exposure is ideal. Good soil moisture is important in early stages of growth and during pollination when fruits are setting. After this point do not water the last week before fruits are ripe, as overwatering can cause bland fruit. Plant 2 seeds per cell or pot, about ½–1″ deep. Handle young plants carefully and never let the soil dry out. Transplant 3-4′ apart in rows 6–8′ apart, or thin to 1 plant/pot or cell with scissors and transplant 18″ apart. Do not disturb roots when transplanting, and water thoroughly.
PRE-SOAK SEEDS: Before you plant watermelon in the ground, you need to prepare the beet seeds to increase the chances that they will germinate. Soak the beet seeds in water for 6 hours before direct sowing.