Vegetable Cultivar Descriptions for North America – Watermelon (M-Z)

Lists 1-27 Combined

Edited by Gary W. Elmstrom

SunSeeds Co. (Bayer-Nunhems)
7087 East Peltier Road
Acampo, CA 95220

and Fred McCuistion

Seminis Vegetable Seeds
432 Ty Ty Omega Road
Tifton, GA 31794

and Tammy L. Ellington and Todd C. Wehner

Department of Horticultural Science
North Carolina State University
Raleigh, NC 27695-7609

Madera (XPH 960) – Breeder and vendor: Asgrow Seed Co. Characteristics: F1 hybrid, several days earlier than Crimson Sweet. Resistance: fusarium wilt (some strains) and anthracnose (race 1). Similar: Crimson Sweet. 1981.

Majestic (XP 4510759) – Breeder and vendor: Seminis Vegetable Seeds-Asgrow. Parentage: triploid F1 hybrid. Characteristics: seedless Tri-X-313 type; oblong blocky shaped fruit are medium-large, 6-8 kg. range; fruit set is good and flesh color is dark red; stripes are wide, dark green on light green; mid season maturity. Similar: Tri-X-313, A&C 5244. Adaptation: United States, Mexico, Central America. 2003.

Malali – Vendor: Hazera. Parentage: open-pollinated. Characteristics: 80 days to maturity; 5–6 kg; almost round; olive green with fine stripes; red flesh; 12% sugar; delicious flavor. Adaptation: U.S. 2002.

Mara – Vendor: United Genetics. Parentage: hybrid diploid. Characteristics: 80 days to maturity; 8–12 kg oval; light green rind with dark stripes; deep red flesh; 11% sugar; good shipper. Adaptation: U.S. 2002.

Mardela Ice Box – Breeder: farmer who found it growing in Mardela, Md. Vendor: Otis S. Twilley, Salisbury, Md. Parentage: unknown. Similar: Early Arizona, but seems darker green. Adaptation: wide. 1954.

Mardi Gras (RWM 121) – Breeder: T. Williams. Vendor: Rogers Seed. Characteristics: hybrid Allsweet type, few misshapen fruit, wide adaptability, high yield, 20-25 lb fruit weight, matures in 86-90 days, like Sangria. Resistance: anthracnose, fusarium wilt. Similar: Allsweet. 1997.

Market Midget – Breeder and vendor: New Hampshire Agr. Expt. Sta., Durham. Parentage: New Hampshire Midget x Winter Queen. Characteristics: early maturity; tough, leathery, thin rind of apple green color; white near stem; firm, sweet, bright-red flesh; relatively few small black seeds; can be stored several weeks and shipped. Adaptation: wide. N.H. Agr. Expt. Sta. Bul. No. 440. 1960.

Master Piece 518 – Vendor: Chia Tai Co. Parentage: hybrid diploid. Characteristics: 55–60 days to maturity; 2–4 kg; high round; black rind; red flesh; 12% sugar; high yield. Adaptation: U.S. 2002.

Matador (13786) – Breeder: Manuel Rosa. Vendor: Seminis Vegetable Seeds-Petoseed. Parentage: F1 hybrid. Characteristics: seeded, late season, large fruit, wide stripes, vigorous vines, excellent yields. Similar: Sangria. Adaptation: U.S. and Mexico. 1999.

Mayo – Vendor: Native Seeds. Parentage: open-pollinated. Characteristics: small fruits in different colors; prolific vines. Adaptation: U.S. 2002.

Melitopolski – Vendor: Seed Savers Exchange. Characteristics: round; red flesh; alternating light and dark green stripes; early ripening; reddish brown seeds. Adaptation: U.S. 2001.

Mercedes (SSC 9490) – Breeder: Hollar Seed Co. Vendor: Shamrock Seed Co. Parentage: F1 hybrid. Resistance: some races of anthracnose and fusarium wilt. Similar: Sangria. Adaptation: All watermelon production regions. 2000.

Merrimack Sweetheart (Colebrook, Sweet Sugar, Yankee Queen) – Breeder: Dept. of Hort., Univ. of New Hampshire, Durham. Vendor: Merrimack Farmer’s Exchange. Parentage: selected from Japanese cultivar for local adaptation. Characteristics: earliness, adaptation to cooler weather conditions and high quality. Adaptation: regional to northern New England. 1935.

Mickylee (S83NW) – Breeder: Agric. Research and Education Center, University of Florida, Leesburg. Vendor: Hollar Seed Company, Petoseed Co. Parentage: Texas W5, Fairfax, Summit, and Graybelle. Characteristics: small, round 8-12 lb fruit with a rind pattern similar to that of Charleston Gray, very firm dark red flesh with a tough rind and small seeds. Resistance: fusarium wilt race 1, anthracnose race 1. PVP. 1986

Mid-Night – Vendor: Willhite. Parentage: hybrid diploid. Characteristics: 80–85 days to maturity; 7–8 kg; round; dark rind; red flesh; tolerant to Fusarium wilt. Adaptation: U.S. 2003.

Midas Touch – Vendor: Seminis Garden Newsmakers; Fedco Seeds; Holmes Seed Co. Parentage: hybrid diploid. Characteristics: 74–75 days to maturity; 6–7 kg; blocky oval; light green rind with dark green stripes; yellow flesh; tolerant to hollow-heart. Adaptation: U.S. 2002.

Miles – Breeder: Univ. of Tennessee, Jackson. Vendor: Associated Seed Growers. Parentage: Dixie Queen x Klondike R-7. Characteristics: small white seed, very high sugar content, oblong, small 20 to 25 pounds. Resistance: fusarium wilt. Adaptation: regionally, for home use in the southern United States. Tenn. Agr. Expt. Sta. Circ. 103. 1948.

Millennium (HMS7928) – Breeder: Bob Schroeder. Vendor: Harris Moran Seed Co. Parentage: F1 hybrid. Characteristics: very dark rind pattern, dark red flesh. Resistance: fusarium wilt race 1, anthracnose. Similar: Tri-X-Shadow. Adaptation: California, Southeast US, Midwest, Atlantic Shore. 1999.

Millionaire (HMX 7924) – Breeder and vendor: Harris Moran. Characteristics: triploid seedless hybrid, very prolific, similar in appearance to Tri-X-313, firm flesh, small seeds. 1992.

Mini-Jubilee – Vendor: Park Seed Parentage: hybrid diploid. Characteristics: 70 days to maturity; 3–4 kg; oblong; deep red flesh; tolerant to powdery mildew, virus. Adaptation: U.S. 2002.

Mini Yellow – Breeder and vendor: D. Palmer Seed Co., Inc. Parentage: hybrid. Characteristics: mini triploid watermelon with yellow flesh; perfect personalize watermelon; ideal for market displays with its attractive appearance and small size; high brix and great taste; features strong plant growth for sunburn protection; can be grown conventionally. Adaptation: U.S. 2005.

Minilee (F82NC) – Breeder: Agric. Research and Education Center, University of Florida, Leesburg. Vendor: Hollar and Co., Petoseed. Parentage: Texas W5, Fairfax, Summit, and Graybelle. Characteristics: small, round 5-8 lb fruit with a rind pattern similar to that of Charleston Gray, firm red flesh with a tough, thin rind and very small seeds. Resistance: fusarium wilt race 1, anthracnose race 1. PVP. 1986.

Mirage (XP 766) – Breeder and vendor: Asgrow Seed Co. Characteristics: F1 hybrid, Crimson Sweet type, but more uniform and productive. Resistance: fusarium wilt. Similar: Crimson Sweet and Jubilee. Adaptation: wide. 1977.

Missouri Queen – Breeder: Missouri Agr. Expt. Sta., Columbia. Parentage: selection from Dixie Queen. Resistance: fusarium wilt. Similar: Dixie Queen. Adaptation: same as Dixie Queen. Mo. Bul. No.502. 1948.

Monarch – Vendor: Seed Way. Parentage: hybrid triploid. Characteristics: 90 days to maturity; 8–13 kg; elongated; dark green rind with thin light green stripes; red flesh; tolerant to Fusarium; good shipper. Adaptation: U.S. 2002.

Monte Cristo (Kleckley Sweet) – Breeder: W.A. Kleckley, Alabama. Vendor: Robert Buist Co. Parentage: possibly Boss x Arkansas Traveler. Characteristics: thin, glossy, dark green rind, large white seeds, medium-red flesh, oblong fruit, 25-40 lb., 85 days to harvest; always popular and a favorite with all; excellent for home use and nearby markets; rind thin and brittle; flesh juicy and very sweet. 1887.

Montreal (SXW 5023) – Breeder: Gary Elmstrom. Vendor: Sunseeds. Parentage: F1 hybrid. Characteristics: seeded diploid watermelon; oblong fruit with wide dark green stripes on a light green background; high sugar content, good flesh color. Resistance: fusarium wilt race 1. Similar: Allsweet. Adaptation: California, Texas, Florida. 2000.

Moon and Stars (Sun, Moon and Stars) – Breeder and vendor: Peter Henderson and Co. Parentage: inbred line. Characteristics: elongate fruit; dark green rind with bright yellow spots on it due to the Sp Sp genotype; yellow spots on fruit range in size from tiny to several inches across; leaves also have yellow spots; sweet, red flesh; thick rind; brown seeds with black dots; 95 days to maturity. Adaptation: U.S. 1926.

More 039 – Vendor: Chia Tai Company. Parentage: open-pollinated. Characteristics: 70–75 days to maturity; 4–5 kg; round; black rind; bright red flesh; 11% sugar. Adaptation: U.S. 2002.

Mountain Hoosier – Vendor: Willhite. Parentage: open-pollinated. Characteristics: 85 days to maturity; 34–37 kg; slightly oblong; dark green rind; deep red flesh. Adaptation: U.S. 2002.

Mountain Sweet – Vendor: Robert Buist Co. Characteristics: 90 days to harvest; for home and local markets; fruit large, 25 lb.; oblong, dark green; with sweet juicy, light crimson flesh; seeds brown.

Mountain Sweet Yellow – Vendor: Seed Savers Exchange. Characteristics: 95–100 days to maturity; long; 14–20 lb; dark yellow flesh; very high sugar content. Adaptation: U.S. 2002.

Navajo Sweet – Vendor: D.V. Burrell Seed Growers. Parentage: open-pollinated. Characteristics: 90 days to maturity; 4–9 kg; round; dark green rind; red flesh; good shipper. Adaptation: U.S. 2002.

Navajo Winter – Vendor: D.V. Burrell Seed Growers. Parentage: open-pollinated. Characteristics: round; green rind with light stripes; pink to red flesh. Adaptation: U.S. 2002.

New Hampshire Midget – Breeder: Univ. of New Hampshire, Durham. Parentage: Favorite Honey x Dakota Sweet. Similar: Favorite Honey. Characteristics: oval, gray skin, red flesh, black seed, high quality, very early, productive, thin rind. Adaptation: wide regional. N.H. Bul. 380. 1951.

Oasis 283 – Vendor: Chia Tai Company. Parentage: hybrid diploid. Characteristics: 70–75 days to maturity; 5–8 kg; round; black rind; red flesh; 11% sugar; vigorous; disease tolerant. Adaptation: U.S. 2002.

Obelik 828 – Vendor: Chia Tai Company. Parentage: hybrid diploid. Characteristics: 70–75 days to maturity; 5–8 kg; elongated; light green rind; red flesh; 11% sugar; crisp with small seeds; excellent shipper. Adaptation: U.S. 2002.

Oberon 205 – Vendor: Chia Tai Company. Parentage: hybrid diploid. Characteristics: 75 days to maturity; 5–7 kg; round; green with stripes; light red flesh; 11% sugar; vigorous vine; disease tolerant. Adaptation: U.S. 2002.

New Orchid – Vendor: Johnny’s. Parentage: open-pollinated. Characteristics: 80 days to maturity; oval-round; dark green rind with high contrast stripes; orange flesh; tolerant to F1. Adaptation: U.S. 2002.

New Queen – Vendor: Stokes. Parentage: hybrid diploid. Characteristics: 63 days to maturity; 2 kg; oval; striped rind; orange flesh. Adaptation: U.S. 2002.

Northern Sweet – Breeder: Minnesota Agr. Exp. Sta. Parentage: selection from Russian cultivar. Characteristics: early, round fruit, 10-12 lb. size, medium green rind with wide stripes, red-orange flesh. 1932.

Nova – Breeder and vendor: Sakata. Characteristics: triploid seedless hybrid, fruit weigh 10-13 lb. 1990.

Oasis (NCX 1553) – Breeder and vendor: Moran Seeds. Characteristics: F1 hybrid, striped rind with intense red flesh color; fruit measures 16 by 9 inches and weighs 24 pounds. Resistance: fusarium, anthracnose (races 1 and 3). Similar: Dixielee. Adaptation: wide. 1981.

Octopus 335 – Vendor: Chia Tai Company. Parentage: hybrid diploid. Characteristics: 70–75 days to maturity; 4–6 kg; round; black rind; red flesh; 11% sugar; sweet; good market seller. Adaptation: U.S. 2002.

Odem – Vendor: Hazera. Parentage: hybrid diploid. Characteristics: 80 days to maturity; 4–7 kg; oblong; very dark green rind; red flesh; 12% sugar; tolerant to Fusarium 1; stores well. Adaptation: U.S. 2002.

Odyssey 173 – Vendor: Chia Tai Company. Parentage: open-pollinated. Characteristics: 75 days to maturity; 1–2 kg; round; green rind with stripes; light red flesh; 11% sugar. Adaptation: U.S. 2002.

Offen 230 – Vendor: Chia Tai Company. Parentage: open-pollinated. Characteristics: 85 days to maturity; 1–2 kg; oblong; light green rind; light red flesh; 12% sugar. Adaptation: U.S. 2002.

Officer 764 – Vendor: Chia Tai Company. Parentage: hybrid diploid. Characteristics: 70–75 days to maturity; 4–6 kg; round; green with stripes; bright red flesh; 12% sugar; firm flesh; small seeds; good shelf-life. Adaptation: U.S. 2002.

Ohio S1 – Vendor: Chia Tai Company. Parentage: hybrid diploid. Characteristics: 70–75 days to maturity; 1–3 kg; round; black rind; red flesh; 11% sugar. Adaptation: U.S. 2002.

Ohio 002 – Vendor: Chia Tai Company. Parentage: hybrid diploid. Characteristics: 70–75 days to maturity; 6–8 kg; round; black rind; red flesh; 11% sugar. Adaptation: U.S. 2002.

Okey 508 – Vendor: Chia Tai Company. Parentage: hybrid diploid. Characteristics: 70–75 days to maturity; 5–7 kg; round; green rind with stripes; red flesh; 11% sugar; early. Adaptation: U.S. 2002.

Ole’ – Vendor: Willhite Seed Inc. Parentage: hybrid. Characteristics: 85 days to maturity; 22–25 lb; dark green striped rind; red flesh; uniform; tolerant to Fusarium wilt; small seed. Adaptation: U.S. 2002.

Olympia (PS 11005031) – Breeder and vendor: Seminis Vegetable Seeds-Petoseed. Parentage: triploid F1 hybrid. Characteristics: new seedless type, oval-blocky shape, better internal and external quality, rind has a dark green stripe on a medium green background, bright red flesh, mid season maturity, 18-20 lbs fruit, seedlings should be transplanted. Similar: Millionaire. Adaptation: North America, Mexico. 2002.

Olympic 825 – Vendor: Chia Tai Company. Parentage: hybrid diploid. Characteristics: 70–75 days to maturity; 4–6 kg; round; black rind; red flesh; 11% sugar; high yields; small seed. Adaptation: U.S. 2002.

Omega (PS 3981428) – Breeder and vendor: Seminis Vegetable Seeds. Parentage: F1 triploid hybrid. Characteristics: seedless hybrid; typical Allsweet stripe (dark green stripe on light green background), 18-20 lb. size fruit, very bright red flesh, mid-season maturity. Adaptation: North America. 2001.

Omega 666 – Vendor: Chia Tai Company. Parentage: hybrid diploid. Characteristics: 70–75 days to maturity; 6–8 kg; round; light green rind with dark green stripes; red flesh; 12% sugar; early; very sweet; good shipper. Adaptation: U.S. 2002.

Oneness 830 – Vendor: Chia Tai Company. Parentage: hybrid diploid. Characteristics: 70–75 days to maturity; 1–2 kg; round; dark green with stripes; deep yellow flesh; 11% sugar. Adaptation: U.S. 2002.

Opal 189 – Vendor: Chia Tai Company. Parentage: hybrid diploid. Characteristics: 80 days to maturity; 6–9 kg; oblong; dark green; bright red flesh; 11% sugar; disease tolerant; easy to grow. Adaptation: U.S. 2002.

Opera 755 – Vendor: Chia Tai Company. Parentage: hybrid diploid. Characteristics: 70 days to maturity; 2–4 kg; short oblong; light green; deep red flesh; 11% sugar; early; sweet; good shipper. Adaptation: U.S. 2002.

Optima 761 – Vendor: Chia Tai Company. Parentage: open-pollinated. Characteristics: 70–75 days to maturity; 1 kg; round; green with stripes; bright red flesh; 11% sugar. Adaptation: U.S. 2002.

Orange Flesh Tendersweet – Vendor: Willhite; DeWitt Seed; Heirloom Seeds. Parentage: open-pollinated. Characteristics: 85 days to maturity; 13–22 kg; oblong; dark green with mottled stripe; orange flesh; local market. Adaptation: U.S. 2002.

Orange Julius – Breeder and vendor: D. Palmer Seed Co., Inc. Parentage: hybrid. Characteristics: new orange-flesh triploid water-melon; good shipper; excellent vine vigor; compacted plantings lowering fruit size; interior is very sweet and juicy with a beautiful, rich orange color. Adaptation: U.S. 2005.

Orange Sunshine – Vendor: Sakata. Parentage: hybrid triploid. Characteristics: 85 days to maturity; 7–9 kg; round to slightly oval; medium green rind with dark green stripes; deep orange flesh; good shipper. Adaptation: U.S. 2002.

Orange Sweet – Vendor: US Seedless. Parentage: hybrid triploid. Characteristics: light green rind with dark green stripes; deep orange flesh. Adaptation: U.S. 2002.

Orangeglo – Vendor: Willhite. Parentage: open-pollinated. Characteristics: 85 days to maturity; 23 kg; light green with dark stripes; orange flesh; local market. Adaptation: U.S. 2002.

Orchestra 541 – Vendor: Chia Tai Company. Parentage: hybrid diploid. Characteristics: 80 days to maturity; 5–8 kg; oblong; light green rind; bright red flesh; 11% sugar; uniform; crisp flesh; good shipper. Adaptation: U.S. 2002.

Orchid 782 – Vendor: Chia Tai Company. Characteristics: 70–75 days to maturity; 3–6 kg; oval; light green with dark green stripes; bright red flesh; 11% sugar. Adaptation: U.S. 2002.

Oregon G1 – Vendor: Chia Tai Company. Characteristics: 80–85 days to maturity; 1–2 kg; oblong; light green rind; light red flesh; 12% sugar. Adaptation: U.S. 2002.

Organize 070 – Vendor: Chia Tai Company. Parentage: hybrid triploid. Characteristics: 80 days to maturity; 1 kg; round; dark green rind with stripes; yellow flesh; 12% sugar; disease tolerant. Adaptation: U.S. 2002.

Oriental 170 – Vendor: Chia Tai Company. Parentage: open-pollinated. Characteristics: 65–70 days to maturity; 3–6 kg; globe; dark green rind with stripes; deep red flesh; 11% sugar; very sweet; popular in market. Adaptation: U.S. 2002.

Orleans 232 – Vendor: Chia Tai Company. Parentage: hybrid diploid. Characteristics: 80–85 days to maturity; 7–9 kg; oblong; light green rind; light red flesh; 12% sugar. Adaptation: U.S. 2002.

Orloff 085 – Vendor: Chia Tai Company. Parentage: hybrid triploid. Characteristics: 80 days to maturity; 4–6 kg; round; dark green-black rind; bright red flesh; 13% sugar; vigorous; disease tolerant; very sweet. Adaptation: U.S. 2002.

Ornament 144 – Vendor: Chia Tai Company. Parentage: hybrid triploid. Characteristics: 75–80 days to maturity; 5–7 kg; round; green rind with stripes; red flesh; 12% sugar; vigorous vine; very sweet and crisp. Adaptation: U.S. 2002.

Orton – Breeder: Florida. Parentage: Iowa Belle x unknown male parent. 1950.

Oscar 279 – Vendor: Chia Tai Company. Parentage: hybrid diploid. Characteristics: 70–75 days to maturity; 4–6 kg; round; black rind; bright red flesh; 11% sugar; vigorous; attractive bright flesh. Adaptation: U.S. 2002.

Osh Kirgizia – Vendor: Seed Savers Exchange. Characteristics: 90–100 days to maturity; 10–15 lb; round fruit; light green rind with unique jagged dark green stripes; sweet pink flesh. Adaptation: U.S. 2002.

Ovaht 361 – Vendor: Chia Tai Company. Parentage: hybrid diploid. Characteristics: 70–75 days to maturity; 4–6 kg; round; light green rind with stripes; yellow flesh; 11% sugar; early; crisp sweet flesh. Adaptation: U.S. 2002.

Ovation 002 – Vendor: Chia Tai Company. Parentage: hybrid triploid. Characteristics: 80 days to maturity; 5–7 kg; round; green with stripes; light red flesh; 13% sugar; sweet and tender; excellent shipper. Adaptation: U.S. 2002.

Oxford 190 – Vendor: Chia Tai Company. Parentage: hybrid diploid. Characteristics: 80 days to maturity; 6–9 kg; oblong; dark green rind with stripes; bright red flesh; 12% sugar; very vigorous; firm sweet flesh. Adaptation: U.S. 2002.

Paladin – Vendor: Seed Way; Sakata. Parentage: hybrid diploid. Characteristics: 80 days to maturity; 11 kg; blocky; light rind with dark stripes; bright pink-red flesh; tolerant to AN-1(R), FW(R); suited for shipping. Adaptation: U.S. 2002.

Paradise – Vendor: Chesmore Seed Co; Harris Seeds; Harris Moran Seed Co. Parentage: hybrid diploid. Characteristics: 80 days to maturity; 9 kg; blocky; striped; bright red flesh; tolerant to Fw1, An1; early market deliveries. Adaptation: U.S. 2002.

Parker – Vendor: Willhite. Parentage: hybrid diploid. Characteristics: 80–85 days to maturity; 10–12 kg; blocky; tri-color rind; red flesh; tolerant to Fusarium wilt; commercial and local use. Adaptation: U.S. 2002.

Park’s Seedless Sweety (PSR 10076) – Breeder: Petoseed Co. Vendor: Park Seed Co. Characteristics: F1 hybrid, small vine; round, medium dark-green fruit; rich, red, crisp flesh that is seedless; fruit weight about 8 to 10 pounds. Resistance: none claimed. 1979.

Park’s Whopper (PSR 175) – Breeder: Petoseed Co. Vendor: Park Seed Co. Characteristics: F1 hybrid, medium-vigorous vine, round dark-green rind, bright-red flesh with small mottled seed. Resistance: fusarium wilt. Similar: Sugar Doll. 1979.

Parks Whopper II – Vendor: Park Seed. Characteristics: 65 days to maturity; 3 kg; thin strong glossy rind; bright red flesh; large yields. Adaptation: U.S. 2002.

Patriot – Vendor: Willhite; DeWitt Seed; Abbott & Cobb; Siegers Seed Co. Parentage: hybrid diploid. Characteristics: 80–85 days to maturity; 10–12 kg; cylindrical; light green rind with wide medium green stripes; red flesh; tolerant to Fusarium wilt; excellent shipper. Adaptation: U.S. 2002.

Peacock – Breeder: G. Stratis, Brawley, CA. Parentage: selection from Klondike. Characteristics: oval fruit, 20-25 lb., dark green rind, sweet red flesh. 1939.

Peacock Improved – Vendor: PS Petoseed; Chesmore Seed Co. Parentage: open-pollinated. Characteristics: 90 days to maturity; 9–11 kg; oblong; uniform, dark green tough rind; red flesh; used in Arizona, California; Mexico; long distance shipping. Adaptation: U.S. 2002.

Peacock Special Shipper – Breeder: R. Peacock. Parentage: chance cross of Klondike. Characteristics: smooth, dark green rind, crisp, red flesh, 20-25 lb. 1935.

Peacock WR 50 – Breeder: Mr. Layton, California. Parentage: Klondike R7 x Peacock. Characteristics: tough thin rind, dark green with faint dark stripes, 15 x 10 inch size, 20-25 lb., sweet bright red flesh. Resistance: tolerant to fusarium wilt. 1955.

Peacock WR 124 – Breeder: Mr. Layton, California. Parentage: California Klondike 3 x Peacock x Klondike R7. 1959.

Perola (XP 2008) – Breeder and vendor: Asgrow Seed Co. Characteristics: open pollinated, small to medium sized uniform fruit; excellent eating quality. Resistance: none claimed. Similar: Charleston Gray (color) and Crimson Sweet (shape and maturity). PVP Certificate No. 800143. 1980.

Petite Sweet (Kansas 68-20) – Breeder: Charles V. Hall, Kansas State University, Manhattan. Parentage: Crimson Sweet and New Hampshire Midget. Characteristics: rind pattern similar to Crimson Sweet; fruit shape is blocky round, fruit weigh 5-10 lb; flesh color is bright pinkish red and seeds are few and small. Resistance: fusarium wilt, anthracnose races 1 and 3. 1970.

Picnic (XP 618) – Breeder and vendor: Asgrow Seed Co. Characteristics: Peacock type with more uniform flesh quality. Resistance: fusarium wilt. Similar: Improved Peacock. Adaptation: western United States and similar areas. 1972.

Pilo Lady – Vendor: Takii. Parentage: hybrid diploid. Characteristics: 45 days to maturity; 2 kg; oblong; deep green rind with clear black stripes; bright pinkish red flesh; 12% sugar. Adaptation: U.S. 2002.

Pinata – Vendor: Willhite. Parentage: hybrid diploid. Characteristics: 85 days to maturity; 10–12 kg; oblong; dark green striped rind; deep red flesh; tolerant to Fusarium wilt; excellent shipper. Adaptation: U.S. 2002.

Plantation Pride – Breeder and vendor: D. Palmer Seed, Co., Inc. Characteristics: a diploid watermelon that makes an excellent pollinator in seedless production fields; weighing between 23 and 25 lb, this hybrid melon features a dark rind with light yellow stripes; seeds are small; lightly fibered flesh and strong rind. Adaptation: U.S. 2002.

Pluto 188 – Vendor: Chia Tai Company. Parentage: hybrid triploid. Characteristics: 75–80 days to maturity; 5–7 kg; round; light green with dark stripes; deep red flesh; 13% sugar; sweet and crisp; excellent shipper. Adaptation: U.S. 2002.

Poquito – Breeder and vendor: D. Palmer Seed Co., Inc. Characteristics: new look in seedless watermelon; personal-size melon weighing between 3 and 5 lb; ideal for consumers with limited kitchen space; sweet, of good fiber, and attractive. Adaptation: U.S. 2005.

Premiere (SSC460057) – Breeder: Colorado Seeds. Vendor: Shamrock Seed Co. Parentage: F1 hybrid. Characteristics: 82-85 day maturity; round to slightly oblong fruit; 12-24 lb. average weight; sweet, red, firm flesh; medium-dark green stripes and light green background; produces hardy vines, high yields. Similar: Tri-X-313. 1999.

Prince Charles (PSX 573) – Breeder and vendor: Petoseed. Characteristics: F1 hybrid, earlier maturing and larger fruited than Charleston Gray with stronger fusarium wilt resistance. Resistance: fusarium wilt. Similar: Charleston Gray. Adaptation: wide. 1978.

Purdue Hawkesbury – Breeder: Dept. of Hort., Purdue Univ., West Lafayette, Ind. Vendor: Agr. Alumni Seed Assn. Parentage: inbred selection from Iowa Hawkesbury or Irish Gray. Similar: Hawkesbury or Irish Gray. Characteristics: long and sloping toward either end, earlier, rind more uniform thickness, flesh redder, quality better than Iowa Hawkesbury. Resistance: fusarium wilt. Adaptation: regional to the sand areas of southwestern and central Indiana. 1949.

Quetzali (RXW 113) – Breeder and vendor: Rogers. Characteristics: Icebox type with Crimson Sweet striped rind; globe shaped with bright red firm flesh. Resistance: anthracnose race 1; tolerance to downy mildew. Similar: Mickylee. PVP. 1965.

QV585 – Vendor: Sutter Seeds. Parentage: hybrid diploid. Characteristics: 90 days to maturity; 9–12 kg; oblong; light green rind with dark stripes; red flesh; 10% sugar; tolerant to anthracnose, Fusarium 1; good pollinator. Adaptation: U.S. 2002.

QV764 – Vendor: Sutter Seeds. Parentage: hybrid diploid. Characteristics: 90 days to maturity; 8–10 kg; round; dark green rind; red flesh; 10% sugar; tolerant to anthracnose, Fusarium 1; sunburn tolerant. Adaptation: U.S. 2002.

QV776 – Vendor: Sutter Seeds. Parentage: hybrid diploid. Characteristics: 90 days to maturity; 8–10 kg; round; dark green rind; red flesh; 10% sugar; tolerant to Fusarium 1; sunburn tolerant. Adaptation: U.S. 2002.

QWD 380 – Breeder and vendor: Sutter Seeds LLC. Characteristics: diploid type quickly yields 25- to 30-lb melons with attractive red flesh within a rind that resists sunburning; works well as a pollinizer and a main crop. 2001.

QWT 443 – Breeder and vendor: Sutter Seeds LLC. Parentage: F1 triploid hybrid. Characteristics: seedless; high yield; elongated blocky shape with deep red flesh within a rind that resists sunburn-ing; fruit are 20 lb 2001.

Raptor 515 – Vendor: Chia Tai Company. Parentage: hybrid diploid. Characteristics: 55–60 days to maturity; 3–4 kg; high round; green rind with stripes; dark red flesh; 14% sugar; high yield; very sweet. Adaptation: U.S. 2002.

Raspa – Vendor: Willhite Seed Inc. Parentage: hybrid. Characteristics: 80–85 days to maturity; uniform blocky oval shape; 22–24 lb; firm, crispy, red flesh; very productive; tolerant to Fusarium wilt. Adaptation: U.S. 2002.

Rattlesnake – Vendor: Gurney’s. Parentage: open-pollinated. Characteristics: 90 days to maturity; 16–18 kg; oval; red flesh. Adaptation: U.S. 2002.

Rebel Queen (FMX 4) – Breeder: H.Sakamoto. Vendor: Ferry-Morse Seed Co. Characteristics: high yields with good, vigorous vines, rind is gray-green with narrow black-green stripes, flesh is reddish pink and firm, a high quality shipping type melon. Similar: Crimson Sweet and Jubilee. 1982.

Red Charm – Breeder and vendor: Sakata. Characteristics: Icebox type watermelon. Similar: Red Cutie. 1993.

Red Heart – see Tri-X-333.

Red Honey – Vendor: Seed Way. Parentage: hybrid diploid. Characteristics: 68 days to maturity; 4–6 kg; round; dark green rind; brilliant red flesh; good shipper. Adaptation: U.S. 2002.

Red Heart (Tri-X-333) – Breeder: American Seedless Watermelon Seed Corp., Goshen, Ind. Parentage: diploid selected from Charleston Gray; tetraploid induced by colchicine. Characteristics: F1 triploid hybrid, fruit seedless, firm, high sugar, deep red; satisfactory shipping quality. Resistance: anthracnose, fusarium wilt and blossom end rot. Similar: Charleston Gray. Adaptation: southern and central United States. Amer. Seedless Watermelon Seed Corp. 21 Nov. 1962.

Red-N-Sweet – Breeder: Calhoun Research Station, Louisiana State University, Calhoun. Vendor: Hollar. Parentage: Calhoun Gray, Summit, Calhoun Sweet, Louisiana Queen, and plants from irradiated seeds of Calhoun Gray. Characteristics: round-oblong fruit with Jubilee stripes and intense red flesh color, seeds are black and the rind is thin. Resistance: fusarium wilt and anthracnose. 1987.

Regency – Vendor: PS Petoseed; Twilley; Seed Way; DeWitt Seed; Siegers Seed Co. Parentage: hybrid diploid. Characteristics: 83 days to maturity; 8–10 kg; oblong; green with medium green stripes; brilliant red firm flesh; tolerant to A-1, F-1; early shipper for markets needing slightly smaller size; good carton pack. Adaptation: U.S. 2002.

Revelation – Vendor: Seed Way. Parentage: hybrid diploid. Characteristics: 85 days to maturity; 6–7 kg; oval-round; small broken dark green stripes over light green rind; red flesh; tolerant to Fusarium. Adaptation: U.S. 2002.

Revere – Vendor: Sunseeds. Parentage: hybrid triploid. Characteristics: 90–95 days to maturity; oblong; 16–22 lb; tolerant to Fusarium wilt race 1; bright red flesh; vigorous vines. Adaptation: U.S. 2002.

Revolution – Breeder and vendor: Sunseeds Co. Parentage: F1 triploid hybrid. Characteristics: elongated variety; deep red interior color; high sugar content; attractive outer appearance; good shipping ability; improved shelflife; blocky, All-sweet type with wide, dark-green stripes; mid-season maturity (84 days); attractive red flesh; small seed traces; weighs in at 18 to 22 lb. Resistance: resists hollow heart; resistant/tolerant to Fusarium wilt race 1. Adaptation: U.S. 2005.

Rhode Island Red – Breeder: Rhode Island Agr. Expt. Sta., Kingston. Vendor: Joseph Harris Co. Parentage: Dixie Queen x Honey Cream, selfed eight generations. Similar: Dixie Queen. Characteristics: early maturity (89 days), tough rind, red flesh, dark brown seeds. Seed World 71:16-18. 1952.

Rio Mayo Sakobari – Vendor: Native Seeds. Parentage: open-pollinated. Characteristics: round; red flesh; good in dry seasons; small fruits. Adaptation: U.S. 2002.

Rio San Miguel – Vendor: Native Seeds. Parentage: open-pollinated. Characteristics: round; solid green rind; pale red flesh; good in dry seasons; small fruits. Adaptation: U.S. 2002.

Riviera (015 208) – Breeder and vendor: Seminis Vegetable Seeds-Asgrow. Parentage: F1 hybrid. Characteristics: Crimson Sweet type, more round shape, quite early, fruit weight approximately 5-7 kg. Resistance: fusarium wilt race 1, anthracnose. Similar: Crimson Sweet. Adaptation: Caribbean. 1997.

Rojo Grande – Vendor: Willhite. Parentage: hybrid. Characteristics: 85 days to maturity; Allsweet type; dark green striped rind; tough, good shipper; firm, sweet red flesh; 22–24 lb; tolerant to Fusarium wilt. Adaptation: U.S. 2002.

Royal Charleston – Breeder and vendor: Petoseed Co. Characteristics: F1 hybrid, 20 to 25 pound oblong melon with light-green skin, thick flesh, small seed size. Resistance: fusarium wilt, anthracnose, and mildew. Similar: Summer Festival. Adaptation: general. Petoseed Catalog 1973.

Royal Flush (PSX 10992) – Breeder: F.Campara. Vendor: Petoseed Co. Characteristics: F1 hybrid, large fruited with deep red flesh color, matures in main season, fruit weigh 18-22 lb, oblong fruit shape. Resistance: fusarium wilt race 0. Similar: Royal Majesty and Sangria. 1995.

Royal Jubilee – Vendor: PS Petoseed; Twilley; Seed Way; DeWitt Seed; Siegers Seed Co. Parentage: hybrid diploid. Characteristics: 95 days to maturity; 11–14 kg; elongated; light green rind with dark green stripes; bright red crisp flesh; tolerant to A-1, F-1; shipping variety; tough rind. Adaptation: U.S. 2002.

Royal Majesty (PSX 65688) – Breeder and vendor: Petoseed Co. Characteristics: F1 hybrid, Allsweet type, elongated fruit shape with medium green thin stripes, excellent production. Resistance: fusarium wilt. 1990.

Royal Red – see Tri-X-313.

Royal Star – Vendor: PS Petoseed; Seed Way; DeWitt Seed; Stokes; Siegers Seed Co. Parentage: hybrid diploid. Characteristics: 84 days to maturity; 9–12 kg; oblong; green rind with medium green stripes; bright red crisp flesh; tolerant to F1; early vigorous hybrid; good shipper. Adaptation: U.S. 2002.

Royal Sweet – Vendor: PS Petoseed; Seed Way; DeWitt Seed; Stokes; Siegers Seed Co. Parentage: hybrid diploid. Characteristics: 85 days to maturity; 9–11 kg; oblong; green rind with medium green stripes; bright red crisp flesh; 12% sugar; tolerant to A-1, F-1; early; good shipper; vigorous hybrid. Adaptation: U.S. 2002.

Royal Windsor – Vendor: Stokes. Parentage: hybrid diploid. Characteristics: 75 days to maturity; 9–13 kg; oblong blocky; jubilee stripes; red flesh; tolerant to Fusarium race1. Adaptation: U.S. 2002.

Royalty – Vendor: Rupp Seeds. Parentage: hybrid diploid. Characteristics: 75–80 days to maturity; 10–12 kg; oblong; green medium stripes; bright red flesh. Adaptation: U.S. 2002.

Ruby – Breeder and vendor: Hollar Seeds. Parentage: hybrid triploid. Characteristics: 85 days to maturity; seedless watermelon; bright stripes do not fade; highest quality bright red flesh; ships and stores well; sugar content is consistently high; weighs about 15 lb; tested and approved in several international markets. Resistance: Fusarium wilt, anthracnose. Adaptation: U.S. 2005.

Russian – Vendor: Eastern Native Seed Conservancy. Parentage: open-pollinated. Characteristics: 2–3 kg; round; red flesh; seedy with long keeping qualities. Adaptation: U.S. 2002.

RWM 8036 – Vendor: Seed Way. Parentage: hybrid. Characteristics: 88 days to maturity; 11–12 kg; elongated; allsweet; bright red flesh; tolerant to F, A1; large grower; friendly sangria. Adaptation: U.S. 2002.

RWM 8073 – Vendor: Novartis. Parentage: hybrid triploid. Characteristics: oval; wide dark green stripes on medium green rind; red flesh; 11% sugar. Adaptation: U.S. 2002.

Sabrina (XPH 5541) – Breeder and vendor: Asgrow. Characteristics: F1 hybrid, large Sugar Baby type fruit with faint stripes, fruit approximately 10 lb, dark blue-green rind with red flesh. Similar: Sugar Baby. 1991.

Samba (SSC 31782) – Breeder and vendor: Shamrock Seed Co., Inc. Parentage: F1 triploid hybrid. Characteristics: a very productive seedless cultivar with impressive fruit uniformity; develops very strong vines; high yields of oval-round, large sized fruit with a dark striping pattern; appealing firm, red flesh with high sugars; thrives under a wide range of growing conditions; 75-85 days to maturity. Similar: Tri-X-313. Adaptation: all watermelon growing regions. 2001.

Samos – Breeder and vendor: Nunhems. Characteristics: medium early, large, oval fruit with dark green rind color, fruit weigh 11-13 kg, handles well and has tasty fruit with small seeds, solid, sweet flesh. 1991.

San Juan – Vendor: Native Seeds. Parentage: open-pollinated. Characteristics: 0.5–5 kg; round; from light green to dark green with stripes; yellow to red flesh; edible seeds; fruits sweet; productive. Adaptation: U.S. 2002.

Sangria (NVH 4262) – Breeder and vendor: Northrup, King and Co. Characteristics: F1 hybrid, elongated dark-green fruit 23 lb with a light stripe and small, black seeds; matures in about 87 days. Resistance: fusarium wilt; tolerant of anthracnose. Similar: Allsweet and Calsweet. Adaptation: wide. 1985.

Santa Amalia (35422) – Breeder: Manuel Rosas. Vendor: Seminis Vegetable Seeds-Petoseed. Parentage: F1 hybrid. Characteristics: Royal Sweet type with Crimson Sweet stripes, oblong, 20-27 lb., strong plant vigor. Similar: no cultivar like it. Adaptation: South America. 1999.

Sapphire – Vendor: Hollar Seeds. Parentage: hybrid triploid. Characteristics: 90 days to maturity; 8–10 kg; globular; dark green stripes on light green; medium red; 12% sugar; some tolerance to anthracnose; similar to Tri-X313. Adaptation: U.S. 2002.

Sapphire 182 – Vendor: Chia Tai Company. Parentage: hybrid triploid. Characteristics: 70 days to maturity; 1 kg; round; light green rind with dark green stripes; yellow flesh; 12% sugar; early; very sweet; good shipper. Adaptation: U.S. 2002.

Scaley Bark – Vendor: R.H. Shumway’s. Characteristics: 98 days to maturity; long and cylindrical; crimson flesh; excellent for preserves. Adaptation: U.S. 2002.

Scarlet Klondike – Breeder: Duke V. Layton, Hemet, Calif. Vendor: McCrea Seed Co. Parentage: selection from Klondike Brown Seed inbred and selected for four generations. Characteristics: intense red color of the flesh similar to Peacock but sweeter. Similar: Klondike Brown Seeded. Adaptation: Pacific coast of the United States, principally southern California. Resistance: none claimed. 1950.

Scarlet Trio (NVH 4295) – Breeder and vendor: Northrup, King and Co. Characteristics: triploid seedless hybrid, round fruit, Jubilee rind pattern. Resistance: fusarium wilt and anthracnose race 1. 1989.

Schlecter – Vendor: Eastern Native Seed Conservancy. Parentage: open-pollinated. Characteristics: 2–3 kg; round; red flesh; good flavor and sweetness. Adaptation: U.S. 2002.

Schochler – Vendor: Robert Buist Co. Characteristics: 90 days to harvest; a very large melon used extensively in the South, having outstanding shipping requisites for size, tough rind and quality; fruit very long, 40 to 50 lb., rich dark green with faint stripe; flesh bright crimson, fine grained and very sugary.

Seedless Sangria – Breeder: T. Williams. Vendor: Syngenta Seeds. Parentage: triploid seedless F1 hybrid. Characteristics: red fleshed; Allsweet rind pattern; fruit weight 16-20 lb.; semi-elongate shape. Resistance: fusarium wilt races 0, 1; anthracnose race 1. Similar: Revolution. 2001.

Sentinel (PS 36694) – Breeder: Jose Gomez. Vendor: Seminis Vegetable Seeds-Petoseed. Parentage: F1 hybrid. Characteristics: Royal Sweet type, Crimson Sweet stripe, oblong, 20-27 lb., strong plant vigor, excellent red flesh color. Similar: Royal Sweet. Adaptation: U.S. and Australia. 1998.

Seville (HSR 606) – Breeder and vendor: Hollar Seed Company, Larry Hollar. Characteristics: long, dark fruit resembling Congo but with small brown seeds and red flesh. Similar: Congo. 1992.

Shipper – Breeder: Mississippi Agr. Expt. Sta. Vendor: Simpson Nurseries. Parentage: Dixie Queen, Klondike 7, Leesburg, Blacklee. Characteristics: high quality, compact fruit of good shipping quality. Resistance: fusarium wilt. Similar: Florida Giant. Adaptation: wide. J. Hered. 52, 1961. 1960.

Small Seeded Dixielee – Breeder: Crall et al., Leesburg, Florida. Parentage: Fairfax, Summit, Charleston Gray, Texas W5, Crimson Sweet, W.R. Graybelle. Characteristics: round-oval fruit, light green rind with narrow dark stripes, 10-15 lb., fine textured flesh, dark, red flesh, few small black seeds, high sugar content. 1995.

Small Shining Light – Vendor: Seed Savers Exchange. Characteristics: 80–90 days to maturity; round fruit; good for high altitudes. Adaptation: U.S. 2001.

Smile – Breeder and vendor: American Takii. Parentage: hybrid. Characteristics: icebox type, with resistance to fruit cracking and tough rind for shipping; fruit have crisp textured, sweet, dark red flesh, black seeds; fruit are round with narrow dark stripe on light background; 6 to 8 lb fruit; 38 to 40 day maturity; fruit keep 12 days after harvest. Adaptation: home garden and commercial fresh market. 2000.

Smokylee (D7-4 and F68-1) – Breeder: Agric. Research Center, University of Florida, Leesburg. Parentage: Texas W5 x Charleston Gray. Characteristics: elongated, dark green fruit with indistinctly outlined leaf patterns of lighter green color which give it a smokey appearance, fruit weigh 22-26 lb and have a very fine quality pink red flesh. Resistance: fusarium wilt race 1, anthracnose race 1. 1971.

Solid Gold – Vendor: Seed Way; Stokes. Parentage: hybrid triploid. Characteristics: 83 days to maturity; 18–20 kg; round; light green rind with dark green stripes; bright yellow flesh. Adaptation: U.S. 2005.

Solitare – Vendor: Seed Way. Parentage: hybrid triploid. Characteristics: 85 days to maturity; 5–7 lb; round; dark green rind with mottle striping; deep red flesh; crisp flesh; high sugars; cuts well. Adaptation: U.S. 2005.

Sornram 751 – Vendor: Chia Tai Company. Parentage: hybrid diploid. Characteristics: 75–80 days to maturity; 1 kg; short oblong; light green with dark green stripes; bright red flesh; 12% sugar. Adaptation: U.S. 2002.

Southern Belle (FMX 9) – Breeder: H.Sakamoto. Vendor: Ferry-Morse Seed Co. Characteristics: flesh qualities outstanding; firm, deep red, and sweet with solid black-green rind. Similar: Peacock W.R. 60. 1982.

Spalding – Breeder and vendor: Georgia Agr. Expt. Sta. Parentage: (Georgia Fusarium Wilt Resistant x Congo) x Georgia Strain 360 (Stone Mountain, Iowa Belle, Giza, Klondike 7, Icebox). Characteristics: small, round, dark-green fruit; averages 15 pounds; sweet, tough rind. Resistance: fusarium wilt, anthracnose, and sunburn. Adaptation: wide. Ga. Agr. Expt. Sta. Leaflet No. 20. 1959.

Starbrite (XPH 6004) – Breeder and vendor: Asgrow. Characteristics: F1 hybrid, large, elongated, blocky, striped watermelon, flesh red, firm, and sweet. Resistance: fusarium wilt race 1. Similar: Crimson Sweet. 1990.

StarGazer (XPH 6189) – Breeder and vendor: Seminis Vegetable Seeds-Asgrow. Parentage: diploid F1 hybrid. Characteristics: 24-26 lb fruit; Allsweet type fruit with wide dark stripe on light green background and elongate shape; bright red flesh; high yield; uniformly shaped fruit; 85 days to harvest; dark colored, medium size seeds. Resistance: Anthracnose race 1, Fusarium wilt race 1. Similar: Allsweet. Adaptation: U.S.

Stars-N-Stripes – Breeder and vendor: Seminis Vegetable Seeds-Asgrow. Parentage: diploid F1 hybrid. Characteristics: 22-31 lb fruit; wide dark stripe on light green background and elongate shape; uniform red flesh that is firm and very sweet; high yield; thick durable rind for shipping; 85 days to harvest; medium size black seeds. Resistance: Anthracnose race 1, Fusarium wilt race 1. Similar: Allsweet. Adaptation: U.S.

Sterling – Vendor: Hollar Seeds; Seed Way. Parentage: hybrid triploid. Characteristics: 97 days to maturity; 9–12 kg; blocky oblong; dark green thin stripes on light green rind; deep red flesh; 11% sugar; some tolerance to Fusarium wilt and anthracnose; unique. Adaptation: U.S. 2002.

Stokes Sugar Hybrid – Vendor: Stokes. Parentage: hybrid diploid. Characteristics: 70 days to maturity; 6 kg; oblong; medium green rind; deep rose flesh. Adaptation: U.S. 2002.

Stone Mountain (Dixie Belle) – Breeder: H.G. Hastings, Atlanta, Georgia. Characteristics: thick, tough, dark green rind, 17 x 14 inches, 35-40 lb., red, sweet flesh. 1924.

Stone Mountain No. 5 – Breeder: Iowa State College., Ames. Vendor: Iowa Melon Growers Assn. Parentage: Stone Mountain (Stone Mountain x Iowa Belle). Similar: Stone Mountain. Characteristics: Stone Mountain type with dark-green netting on a gray-green undercoat. Resistance: watermelon fusarium wilt. Adaptation: midwestern United States. Iowa Agr. Expt. Sta. Rpt. 1936.

Strawberry – Vendor: Southern Exposure Seed Exchange. Characteristics: 85 days to maturity; strawberry-red flesh; long fruit; dark green rind with darker green stripes; 15–25 lb; disease resistance is very good. Adaptation: U.S. 1989.

Striped Sugar – Vendor: Takii Seed. Parentage: hybrid diploid. Characteristics: 35 days to maturity; 1 kg; round; dark green stripes; bright red flesh; good transporter. Adaptation: U.S. 2002.

Sugar Baby (Tough Sweets) – Breeder: M. Hardin, Geary, Okla. Vendor: Woodside Seed Co. Parentage: Tough Sweets selection, inbred 13 years. Similar: Tough Sweets. Characteristics: early; good quality; round; 8 to 12 pounds; hard rind shipping icebox type; immature melons green striped turning dark green when ripe. Resistance: drought. Adaptation: wide. Seed World. 4 March 1955.

Sugar Belle (XPH 4072) – Breeder and vendor: Asgrow. Characteristics: F1 hybrid, round shape, dark green, with faint light green stripes, weighs 10-12 lb, fine eating quality for its type. Good yield. Similar: Panonia, Sugar Baby. 1987.

Sugar Bush – Breeder and vendor: W. Atlee Burpee Co. Parentage: Bush Desert King and unknown parentage. Characteristics: open pollinated, bright scarlet Icebox fruit; short internode plants that need only 6 square feet of space. Similar: Kengarden. Adaptation: northeastern and southern United States and the western coast of the United States. PVP certificate no. 7600072. 1977.

Sugar Doll (Hybrid Sugar Baby) – Breeder and vendor: Petoseed. Characteristics: F1 hybrid, round, dark green, medium sized fruit (8 x 8 inches), bright-red flesh; small brown seeds, medium size vine; maturity about 78 days. Similar: Sugar Baby. Adaptation: wide. 1975.

Sugar Shack – Vendor: Sugar Creek Seed, Inc. Parentage: hybrid triploid. Characteristics: 85 days to maturity; oval; broad green stripes over light green rind; dark red, crisp flesh. Adaptation: U.S. 2002.

Sugar Slice – Vendor: Willhite. Parentage: hybrid triploid. Characteristics: 85 days to maturity; slightly oval; 15–18 lb; wilt tolerant; excellent red flesh. Adaptation: U.S. 2003.

Sugar Time – Vendor: Sugar Creek Seed, Inc. Parentage: hybrid triploid. Characteristics: 85 days to maturity; oval; broad green stripes over light green rind; dark red, crisp flesh. Adaptation: U.S. 2002.

Sugarama (NVH 4264) – Breeder and vendor: Northrup, King and Co. Characteristics: F1 hybrid, early Crimson Sweet type fruit (averages 16 pounds). Similar: Crimson Sweet. Adaptation: wide. 1984.

Sugarheart – Breeder and vendor: Siegers Seed Company. Characteristics: triploid crimson sweet watermelon; oval; bright red flesh; excellent uniformity; outstanding internal and external quality; high yields; fruit weigh between 16 and 20 lb; matures in about 85 days from transplant. Resistance: tolerant to hollow heart. Adaptation: widely adapted. 2005.

Sugarlee (Florida 77-2) – Breeder: Agric. Research Center, University of Florida, Leesburg. Parentage: Texas W5, Summit, Charleston Gray, Fairfax, Crimson Sweet, and Graybelle. Characteristics: round fruit with Jubilee stripes which weigh 15-18 lb, it is exceptionally early and has a high soluble solids content; hard, tough rind is suited for shipping. Resistance: fusarium wilt race 1, anthracnose race 1. 1981.

Sultan (HMX 5911) – Breeder: R.Schroeder. Vendor: Harris Moran Seed Co. Characteristics: half long and striped, high quality, excellent flesh color, large and vigorous vine. Resistance: tolerance to fusarium wilt and anthracnose. Similar: Royal Sweet, Mirage. 1991.

Summer Festival (F1 Hybrid No. 103) – Breeder: T. Sakata and Co., Yokohama, Japan. Vendor: Herbst Bros. Seedsmen, New York. Characteristics: F1 hybrid, fruit oblong, medium green, rind about two-thirds inches thick, flesh deep rose, firm and sweet; vines vigorous, heavy yielder, particularly in early stages. Resistance: anthracnose and slightly to fusarium wilt. Similar: Charleston Gray. Adaptation: mid- and southern United States. 1962.

Summer Flavor #400 – Vendor: Twilley; Abbott & Cobb. Parentage: hybrid diploid. Characteristics: 85 days to maturity; 11 kg; blocky oblong; medium green broad dark stripes; bright red flesh; long and short distance shipping; fresh market home garden. Adaptation: U.S. 2002.

Summer Flavor #420 – Vendor: Twilley; Abbott & Cobb. Parentage: hybrid diploid. Characteristics: 87 days to maturity; 10–11 kg; blocky oblong; medium green broad dark stripes; bright red flesh; 11% sugar; long and short distance shipping; fresh market home garden. Adaptation: U.S. 2002.

Summer Flavor #500 – Vendor: Twilley; Abbott & Cobb. Parentage: hybrid diploid. Characteristics: 88 days to maturity; 11–14 kg; blocky oblong; medium green broad dark stripes; bright red flesh; 12% sugar; long and short distance shipping; fresh market home garden. Adaptation: U.S. 2002.

Summer Flavor #510 – Vendor: Twilley; Abbott & Cobb. Parentage: hybrid diploid. Characteristics: 84 days to maturity; 11 kg; oblong; medium green broad dark stripes; deep red flesh; 11% sugar; long and short distance shipping; fresh market home garden. Adaptation: U.S. 2002.

Summer Flavor #700 – Vendor: Twilley; Abbott & Cobb. Parentage: hybrid diploid. Characteristics: 85 days to maturity; 10–13 kg; blocky oblong; light green narrow dark stripes; bright red flesh; 11% sugar; long and short distance shipping; fresh market home garden. Adaptation: U.S. 2002.

Summer Flavor #710 – Breeder and vendor: Otis S. Twilley. Parentage: F1 diploid hybrid. Characteristics: fruit size large, 30 lb; fruit are blocky to oblong, maturing in approximately 85 days; plants medium size, with very strong vines; light green narrow dark stripes; bright red flesh; 10% sugar. Resistance: Fusarium race 1 and anthracnose race 1. Adaptation: U.S. 2002.

Summer Flavor #790HQ – Breeder and vendor: Abbott & Cobb Inc. Characteristics: blocky, oblong watermelon with deep-red flesh color; this allsweet type melon is dark green with lighter green stripes; plant has a large, strong vine with good yields; excellent pollenizer for triploid production. Resistance: Anthracnose 1. Adaptation: U.S. 2005.

Summer Flavor #800 – Vendor: Twilley; Abbott & Cobb. Parentage: hybrid diploid. Characteristics: 87 days to maturity; 10–12 kg; blocky oblong; dark green stripes; deep red flesh; 12% sugar. Adaptation: U.S. 2002.

Summer Flavor #810 – Vendor: Twilley; Abbott & Cobb. Parentage: hybrid diploid. Characteristics: 88 days to maturity; 11–13 kg; elongated blocky; dark green stripes; deep red flesh; 11% sugar. Adaptation: U.S. 2002.

Summer Flavor #820 – Vendor: Twilley; Abbott & Cobb. Parentage: hybrid diploid. Characteristics: 88 days to maturity; 11–13 kg; elongated blocky; dark green stripes; deep red flesh; 12% sugar. Adaptation: U.S. 2002.

Summer Flavor #900 – Vendor: Twilley; Abbott & Cobb. Parentage: hybrid diploid. Characteristics: 86 days to maturity; 11–13 kg; elongated; dark green stripes; deep red flesh; 12% sugar. Adaptation: U.S. 2002.

Summer Flavor #910 – Vendor: Twilley; Abbott & Cobb. Parentage: hybrid diploid. Characteristics: 86 days to maturity; 10–12 kg; elongated; dark green stripes; deep red flesh; 10% sugar. Adaptation: U.S. 2002.

Summer Gold – Vendor: Willhite; DeWitt Seed. Parentage: hybrid diploid. Characteristics: 80–85 days to maturity; oblong; dark green and mottled light green stripes; yellow flesh; tolerant to Fusarium wilt; good shipper. Adaptation: U.S. 2002.

Summer Rich – Vendor: Takii Seed. Parentage: hybrid diploid. Characteristics: 38 days to maturity; 0.5 kg; oval; yellow rind; pink-red flesh; 11% sugar; not a good transporter. Adaptation: U.S. 2002.

Summer Sweet #3731 – Vendor: Abbott & Cobb. Parentage: hybrid diploid. Characteristics: 90 days to maturity; 6–9 kg; oval; medium red flesh; 11% sugar; disease tolerant; high quality shipper. Adaptation: U.S. 2002.

Summer Sweet #5244 – Breeder and vendor: Abbott & Cobb. Parentage: F1 triploid hybrid. Characteristics: seedless fruit weigh 14 to 18 lb, with dark-green stripes and limited light green background; fruit are oblong with bright-red flesh; mature in 90 days; good vigor; consistent yields; 12% sugar; high quality shipper. Resistance: Anthracnose race 1. Adaptation: U.S. 2001.

Summer Sweet #5544 – Vendor: Abbott & Cobb. Parentage: hybrid triploid. Characteristics: 90 days to maturity; 6–9 kg; oval; dark red flesh; disease tolerant; high quality shipper. Adaptation: U.S. 2002.

Summerfield (60-27) – Breeder: U.S. Vegetable Breeding Laboratory, Charleston, S.C. Parentage: Fairfax x Blackstone. Characteristics: extra large slightly round fruit. Similar: Florida Giant. Resistance: fusarium wilt and race 1 anthracnose. 1969.

Summit – Breeder: Mr. Taylor, Louisiana. Parentage: Calhoun Sweet x Black Diamond. Characteristics: large round fruit with tough, dark green-black rind, flesh red, black mottled seeds. Resistance: fusarium wilt (high level of resistance). 1957.

Sun Gold (NCX 1558) – Breeder and vendor: Moran. Characteristics: globe shaped, striped fruit with yellow flesh, fruit average 24 x 23 cm with an average rind thickness of 13 mm. Resistance: fusarium wilt and anthracnose race 1. Similar: Yellow Baby. PVP. 1983.

Sun, Moon and Stars – see Moon and Stars.

Sun Ray – Vendor: Nunhems. Parentage: hybrid triploid. Characteristics: 83–85 days to maturity; 13–17 lb; round/oval; light green with medium green stripes; orange flesh; 11–12% sugar content; resists hollowheart; long shelf life; good shipper. Adaptation: U.S. 2005.

Sundance (XPH 957) – Breeder and vendor: Asgrow Seed Co. Characteristics: F1 hybrid, very early, round with rind color between Crimson Sweet and Chilean Black; for early harvest needs in southeastern United States. Resistance: fusarium wilt race 1. Similar: Crimson Sweet. Adaptation: southeastern United States. 1985.

Sunday Special (EMR507) – Vendor: Harris Seeds. Parentage: hybrid triploid. Characteristics: 85 days to maturity; 6–10 kg; round-oval; bright green with dark green stripes; yellow flesh; tolerant to F1. Adaptation: U.S. 2002.

Sunny – Vendor: Willhite. Parentage: hybrid triploid. Characteristics: 85 days to maturity; 16–20 lb; yellow gold flesh; very sweet taste; striped rind similar to Allsweet; round oval shape; tolerant to Fusarium wilt. Adaptation: U.S. 2002.

Sunshade (XP 241) – Breeder and vendor: Asgrow Seed Co. Characteristics: open pollinated; Charleston Gray fruit type with broad leaf blades to provide maximum protection from sunscald. Resistance: fusarium wilt (race 1). Similar: Charleston Gray. Adaptation: wide. PVP Certificate No. 760027. 1977.

Sunshine – Vendor: Johnny’s. Parentage: open-pollinated. Characteristics: 75 days to maturity; 3–5 kg; oval round; bright green rind with dark green stripes; yellow flesh; tolerant to F1. Adaptation: U.S. 2002.

Sunsplash (25453) – Breeder: Manuel Rosas. Vendor: Seminis-Petoseed. Parentage: F1 hybrid. Characteristics: seedless yellow-flesh round with thick rind, exterior color , narrow dark-green stripes on light green background, medium-large sizes. Similar: Honeyheart. Adaptation: U.S. Southeast Asia. 2000.

Sunsweet (NV 4301) – Breeder and vendor: Northrup, King and Co. Characteristics: open pollinated; early striped Allsweet type; with semi-elongate fruit (18 to 24 pounds); medium-size dark-brown seeds; high in sugar. Resistance: fusarium wilt; tolerant to anthracnose. Similar: Allsweet and Calsweet. Adaptation: wide. PVP Certificate No. 860061. 1984.

Super Crisp – Vendor: Zeraim Gedera. Parentage: hybrid triploid. Characteristics: 85 days to maturity; 16–20 lb; oval; medium green with light green, mottled stripes; brilliant red flesh. Adaptation: U.S. 2002.

Super Gold – Vendor: Willhite. Parentage: hybrid diploid. Characteristics: 80–85 days to maturity; 12 kg; oblong; dark green rind with mottled stripe or light green; yellow flesh; tolerant to Fusarium wilt; good shipper. Adaptation: U.S. 2002.

Super Seedless – Vendor: Abbott & Cobb. Parentage: hybrid triploid. Characteristics: oval/blocky; 14–18 lb; dark green stripes; crisp, bright red flesh. Adaptation: U.S. 2002.

Super Seedless #7167 – Breeder and vendor: Abbott & Cobb Inc. Characteristics: dark green background; medium green stripes; offers potential for superior field performance over conventional seedless watermelon varieties; tests show this variety has more vigor, vine development, fruit set, better fruit quality, and the highest yield potential available in a seedless-type watermelon. Resistance: Anthracnose 1. Adaptation: U.S. 2005.

Super Seedless Variety #7187 – Breeder and vendor: Abbott & Cobb Inc. Characteristics: high quality Super Seedless triploid watermelon with an interior like none before it; yield suits the grower, while internal quality pleases the shipper and consumer; excellent choice for seedless prog. Resistance: Anthracnose 1. 2005.

Super Sweet (Kansas 68-12) – Breeder: Charles V. Hall, Kansas State University, Manhattan. Parentage: Miles, Peacock and Charleston Gray. Characteristics: external rind color is similar to Crimson Sweet but fruit are more spherical and are slightly grooved, fruit weigh 12-18 lb, mature 5-10 days later than Crimson Sweet, and have a tough rind and firm, pinkish red flesh; excellent flavor, texture. Resistance: fusarium wilt, anthracnose race 1 and 3. Adaptation: southern and eastern United States. Seed World Jan. 1970.

Super Sweet #2532 – Vendor: Twilley; Abbott & Cobb. Parentage: hybrid triploid. Characteristics: 90 days to maturity; 5–7 kg; round; dark stripe pattern on light green rind; bright red flesh, crisp, no seed; fresh market. Adaptation: U.S. 2002.

Super Sweet #3521Y – Vendor: Twilley; Abbot & Cobb. Parentage: hybrid triploid. Characteristics: 88 days to maturity; 5-6 kg; round; dark stripe pattern on light green rind; crisp, pure yellow flesh, very bright, no seed; fresh market. Adaptation: U.S. 2002.

Super Sweet #5032 – Vendor: Twilley; Abbot & Cobb. Parentage: hybrid triploid. Characteristics: 90 days to maturity; 5–7 kg; round; light green rind with dark green stripe; bright red flesh, medium fine crisp texture, no seed; fresh market. Adaptation: U.S. 2002.

Super Sweet #5244 – Vendor: Twilley; Abbot & Cobb. Parentage: hybrid triploid. Characteristics: 90 days to maturity; 6–8 kg; oblong; light green rind with dark green stripe; bright red flesh, fine and crisp, no seed; fresh market. Adaptation: U.S. 2002.

Super Sweet #5544 – Vendor: Twilley; Abbot & Cobb. Parentage: hybrid triploid. Characteristics: 88 days to maturity; 6–8 kg; wide light green rind with dark green stripe; fresh market. Adaptation: U.S. 2002.

Super Top – Vendor: Sakata. Parentage: hybrid diploid. Characteristics: 83 days to maturity; 10 kg; elongated; light green rind; deep red flesh; tolerant to AN-1(R), FW(T). Adaptation: U.S. 2002.

Supercool – Vendor: Ultimate Seeds Inc. Parentage: hybrid triploid. Characteristics: 83 days to maturity; 8–11 kg; round to slightly oblong; medium green rind with darker green stripes; deep red flesh; consistent performer with high commercial potential. Adaptation: U.S. 2002.

Superior Black Diamond (Black Diamond, Yellow Belly) – Breeder and vendor: William A. Watson’s Sons, Thomson, Ga. Parentage: segregation within Cannonball or Black Diamond. Characteristics: very dark-green rind with yellow underside, very prolific, rich red meat, excellent texture. Similar: Cannonball or Black Diamond. 1949.

SW-6008 – Vendor: Hazera. Parentage: hybrid triploid. Characteristics: 75 days to maturity; 1.5–2.5 kg; round; dark green rind with lighter green stripes; red flesh; adapted to high planting density. Adaptation: U.S. 2002.

SWD 8307 – Vendor: Seed Way; Sakata. Parentage: hybrid diploid. Characteristics: 83 days to maturity; 19–22 lb; blocky; medium green rind with dark green, broad mottled stripes; deep red flesh; little bottlenecking; moderate resistance to Fusarium race 1. Adaptation: U.S. 2005.

Sweet Amigo – Vendor: Seed Way. Parentage: hybrid. Characteristics: 88 days to maturity; 10–11 kg; elongated; allsweet type; dark red flesh; excellent pollinator for seedless. Adaptation: U.S. 2002.

Sweet Baby (PSR 7975) – Breeder and vendor: Petoseed Co. Characteristics: F1 hybrid, 75 days to maturity, fruit rounded, 10 to 14 pounds, dark green with red flesh, medium rind, seed medium size and mottled, vine vigorous and medium size. Resistance: fusarium wilt. Similar: Sugar Baby. Adaptation: wide. 1980.

Sweet Boy 176 – Vendor: Chia Tai Co. Parentage: hybrid diploid. Characteristics: 80 days to maturity; 7–9 kg; oblong; dark green; light red flesh; 11% sugar; fast growing; disease tolerant. Adaptation: U.S. 2002.

Sweet Caroline Improved – Vendor: D. Palmer Seed Co. Parentage: hybrid triploid. Characteristics: 90 days to maturity; light green rind with dark green mottled stripes; bright red flesh; very sweet; good shipper; tolerant to Fusarium wilt and anthracnose; seedless; high yielding potential. Adaptation: U.S. 2002.

Sweet Charlie (NVH 4254) – Breeder and vendor: Northrup, King and Co. Characteristics: F1 hybrid, oblong Charleston Gray-type for long-distance shipping; matures 2 or 3 days earlier than Charleston Gray and produces fruit averaging 25 pounds. Resistance: fusarium wilt. Similar: Charleston Gray. Adaptation: wide. 1984.

Sweet Delight – Breeder and vendor: Syngenta Seeds, Inc./ Rogers Brand. Parentage: hybrid triploid. Characteristics: 86 days to maturity; 17–20 lb; fruit was consistently from 2 to 3 lb larger than TRI-X Brand 313 types; light green rind with mottled dark green stripes; fruit are oval in shape with bright red flesh color and excellent uniformity of fruit shape; very good fruit set. Similar: TRI-X Brand 313. Adaptation: U.S. 2005.

Sweet Dream 758 – Vendor: Chia Tai Co. Parentage: hybrid diploid. Characteristics: 70–75 days to maturity; 4–6 kg; round; green with stripes; bright red flesh; 11% sugar; vigorous; uniform; high fruit setting. Adaptation: U.S. 2002.

Sweet Eat’n – Breeder and vendor: D. Palmer Seed Co., Inc. Parentage: hybrid. Characteristics: triploid watermelon; Tri-X 313 type; exceptionally high producer; high fiber content; excellent shipper; strong brix, dark-red flesh; great flavor; high producer. Adaptation: U.S. 2005.

Sweet Favorite – Vendor: Twilley; Johnny’s; Stokes; Henry Fields; Sakata. Parentage: hybrid diploid. Characteristics: 82 days to maturity; 9 kg; oblong; dark and light green striped; red flesh; big yields; short distance shipping; fresh market; home garden. Adaptation: U.S. 2002.

Sweet Girl 175 – Vendor: Chia Tai Co. Characteristics: 75 days to maturity; 1–2 kg; short oblong; light green rind; bright red flesh; 12% sugar; good shipper. Adaptation: U.S. 2002.

Sweet Marvel – Vendor: Takii Seed. Parentage: hybrid diploid. Characteristics: 45 days to maturity; 1 kg; globe; dark green with black-green stripes; pink-red flesh; 12% sugar; high tolerant to A, F, leaf blight, and downy mildew; good transporter. Adaptation: U.S. 2002.

Sweet Princess (NC 62-C2M) – Breeder: North Carolina Agr. Expt. Sta., Raleigh. Vendor: North Carolina Foundation Seed Producers. Parentage: small-seeded Congo type x Charleston Gray. Characteristics: fruit oblong 21 to 27 pounds, rind light green with darker green stripes; attractive solid red flesh, crisp, very sweet and fine textured with unusually small tan seeds; excellent shipper. Resistance: anthracnose races 1 and 3 and fusarium wilt. Similar: Charleston Gray. Adaptation: wide. N.C. Agr. Expt. Sta. Bul. 431, 1967.

Sweet Siberian – Vendor: Seed Savers Exchange. Characteristics: medium sized; light green rind; oblong; 8 lb; sweet juicy bright yellow flesh; 80–85 days to maturity. Adaptation: U.S. 2002.

Sweet Slice – Vendor: Willhite Seed Inc. Parentage: hybrid triploid. Characteristics: 85 days to maturity; oval; 14–20 lb; wilt tolerant; bright red flesh. Adaptation: U.S. 2003.

Sweet Sugar – see Merrimack Sweetheart.

Sweetheart – Breeder: Mr. Wittenmeyer, southern Indiana. Vendor: D.M. Ferry. 1890.

Sweetmeat (1-13-4) – Breeder and vendor: Petoseed Co. Characteristics: F1 hybrid, medium green, thin rind, oval, sweet red flesh, small brown seed. Resistance: fusarium wilt. Adaptation: general. New Seeds for the World. 1968.

Sweetmeat II W.R. (PSX 5874) – Breeder and vendor: Petoseed. Characteristics: F1 hybrid, oblong, large (averages 25 pounds) blocky fruit, dark-green stripes over medium-green skin; crimson flesh, small brown seeds. Resistance: fusarium wilt. Similar: Hybrid Sweetmeat. Adaptation: wide. 1976.

SWM 2301 – Vendor: Sakata. Parentage: hybrid diploid. Characteristics: 85 days to maturity; 9–12 kg; 9–11 kg; blocky; light green rind with dark green stripes; rosy red flesh; tolerant to AN(T), F(T). Adaptation: U.S. 2002.

SWT 6703 – Vendor: Sakata. Parentage: hybrid triploid. Characteristics: round; narrow medium green stripes on light green rind; red flesh; 11% sugar. Adaptation: U.S. 2002.

SWT 6903 (95-11) – Vendor: Sakata. Parentage: hybrid triploid. Characteristics: 82–85 days to maturity; 6–8 kg; round; thin dark green stripes on light green background; red flesh; 11% sugar; tolerant to AN-1(T). Adaptation: U.S. 2002.

SWT 8705 – Vendor: Sakata. Parentage: hybrid triploid. Characteristics: 90 days to maturity; 6–8 kg; blocky, oval; sturdy rind with dark green stripes; intense red flesh. Adaptation: U.S. 2002.

SXW 4016 – Vendor: Sunseed. Parentage: hybrid triploid. Characteristics: blocky; light green stripes on dark green rind; red flesh; 11% sugar. Adaptation: U.S. 2002.

SXW 5023 – Vendor: Sunseeds. Parentage: hybrid diploid. Characteristics: 80–85 days to maturity; 18–22 lb; blocky; tolerant to F-1; wide dark green stripes over light green background; high sugar content; excellent shipper; resists hollowheart. Adaptation: U.S. 2002.

SXW 5038 – Vendor: Sunseeds. Parentage: hybrid diploid. Characteristics: 80–85 days to maturity; 26–30 lb; elongated; tolerant to F-1; wide dark green stripes on light green background; excellent shipper; resists hollowheart. Adaptation: U.S. 2002.

SXW 5040 – Vendor: Sunseeds. Parentage: hybrid diploid. Characteristics: 80–85 days to maturity; 22–26 lb; round to oval; tolerant to F-1; dark red flesh; resistant to hollowheart. Adaptation: U.S. 2002.

SX 8035WM – Vendor: Sunseeds. Parentage: hybrid triploid. Characteristics: midseason maturity; round; 9–13 lb; dark green rind with no stripes; 12–13% sugars; bright red flesh. Adaptation: U.S. 2005.

Talladega – Vendor: Sakata. Parentage: hybrid triploid. Characteristics: 90 days to maturity; 14–18 lb; blocky/oval; medium green rind with light green stripes; bright red flesh; consistent yields. Adaptation: U.S. 2005.

Tastigold – Vendor: Willhite. Parentage: open-pollinated. Characteristics: 80 days to maturity; 10–11 kg; round; gray rind; yellow flesh; wilt tolerant. Adaptation: U.S. 2002.

Tatum (XP 940) – Breeder and vendor: Asgrow Seed Co. Characteristics: F1 hybrid, fruit color of Crimson Sweet with darker stripes; shape similar to Chilean Black. Resistance: none claimed. Similar: Oriental type. 1980.

Tendersweet Orange Flesh – see Orange Flesh Tendersweet.

Tetra No. 2 (W1002) – Breeder: USDA Veg. Breeding Laboratory, Charleston, S.C. Parentage: (Charleston Gray type x Sugar Baby) x Sugar Baby. Characteristics: autotetraploid, extra hard rind, and firm flesh, few seeds.

The Dixie – Vendor: Robert Buist Co. Characteristics: 85 days to harvest; a splendid shipper; prolific, with fruit large, 25 lb., oblong, very dark green with lighter green stripes; rind thin but strong; flesh scarlet and sweet; seeds black.

Thurmond Gray – Breeder: Mr. Thurmond, Perry, Georgia. Vendor: Robert Buist Co. Characteristics: large elongated fruit with light green mottled rind, large seeds, pink flesh; 90 days to harvest; shipping cultivar similar to Irish Gray, but having fruit much larger; fruit 30 to 40 lb., cylindrical, grayish-green with faint veining; rock hard rind; flesh crisp and sweet. 1923.

Tiffany (XPH 9039) – Breeder and vendor: Asgrow. Characteristics: triploid seedless hybrid, round, striped fruit weigh as much as 20 lb, flesh color is uniform red and solid. Similar: small Crimson Sweet. 1990.

Tiger 180 – Vendor: Chia Tai. Parentage: open-pollinated. Characteristics: 70–75 days to maturity; 1–2 kg; round; green with dark green stripes; light red flesh; 12% sugar. Adaptation: U.S. 2002.

Tiger Baby – Vendor: PS Petoseed; Twilley; Seed Way; Stokes; Park Seed. Parentage: hybrid diploid. Characteristics: 80 days to maturity; 3–5 kg; round to slightly oval; dark green stripes on gray-green; pinkish-red dense sweet flesh; 12% sugar; tolerant to A-1, F-1; uniform; excellent fruit holding and shipping. Adaptation: U.S. 2002.

Tohono O’odham Yellow – Vendor: Native Seeds. Parentage: open-pollinated. Characteristics: 9–17 kg; oval; yellow to orange flesh; sweet and crisp. Adaptation: U.S. 2002.

Tom 004 – Vendor: Chia Tai. Parentage: hybrid diploid. Characteristics: 55–60 days to maturity; 4–6 kg; oblong; black rind; dark red flesh; 12% sugar; very sweet. Adaptation: U.S. 2002.

Tom Watson – Breeder: Alexander Seed Co. Vendor: Robert Buist Co. Characteristics: elongate shaped fruit, 25-40 lb., thin tough rind, dark green with dark veining; flesh sweet, firm, crisp, coarse, red; large brown seeds spotted with white; shipping melon. 1906.

Tong 810 – Vendor: Chia Tai. Parentage: hybrid diploid. Characteristics: 70–75 days to maturity; 3–5 kg; elongated; yellow rind; red flesh; 11% sugar; disease tolerant; uniform; small seed. Adaptation: U.S. 2002.

Top Gun – Vendor: Syngenta. Parentage: hybrid diploid. Characteristics: 83 days to maturity; 21–24 lb; globe; medium green rind with broad, medium dark green stripes; bright red flesh; tolerant to A(t), F(T); excellent seedling vigor. Adaptation: U.S. 2005.

Top Yield – Vendor: Twilley; Abbott & Cobb. Parentage: hybrid diploid. Characteristics: 80 days to maturity; 11–16 kg; large oblong; gray green thick rind; red flesh; commercial shipping. Adaptation: U.S. 2002.

Topaz – Vendor: Hollar Seeds. Parentage: hybrid triploid. Characteristics: 87 days to maturity; 5–7 kg; globular; narrow stripe on light green; dark red flesh; some tolerance to anthracnose. Similar: Boston and Queen of Hearts. Adaptation: U.S. 2002.

Tough Sweets – see Sugar Baby.

Treasure Chest – Vendor: Seed Way. Parentage: hybrid triploid. Characteristics: 88 days to maturity; 6–7 kg; oval; light green rind with broad green stripes; golden yellow flesh. Adaptation: U.S. 2002.

Tribute (PX 5696) – Breeder: Manuel Rosas. Vendor: Seminis Vegetable Seeds-Petoseed. Parentage: F1 hybrid. Characteristics: seedless, round fruit, striped with medium to large fruit. Similar Tri-X-313. Adaptation: U.S. and Mexico. 1999.

Trident (PX 58596) – Breeder: Manuel Rosas. Vendor: Seminis Vegetable Seeds-Petoseed. Parentage: F1 hybrid. Characteristics: seedless round fruit, striped, medium to large fruit, deep red flesh and high sugars, early. Similar: Tri-X-313. Adaptation: U.S. and Mexico. 1999.

Triton (PS 37794) – Breeder: Jose Gomez. Vendor: Seminis Vegetable Seeds-Petoseed. Parentage: F1 hybrid. Characteristics: seedless, round, striped, medium-large, yellow flesh. Similar: Honey Heart. Adaptation: U.S. and Asia. 1998.

Tri-X-313 (Royal Red) – Breeder: American Seedless Watermelon Seed Corp., Goshen, Indiana. Parentage: diploid parent selected from Congo; tetraploid induced by colchicine. Characteristics: F1 triploid hybrid; fruits seedless, red flesh, firm, high sugar content; oval; light green rind with mottled dark green stripes; good shipper; good shelf life. Resistance: anthracnose and blossom end rot, tolerant to Fusarium wilt. Adaptation: southern United States and watermelon areas. Amer. Seedless Watermelon Seed Corp. 21 Nov. 1962.

 

Tri-X-626 – Parentage: hybrid triploid. Characteristics: early main season; 6–7 kg; round; dark green rind; red flesh. Adaptation: U.S. 2002.

Tri-X-Carousel – Breeder and vendor: Novartis Seeds, Inc. Parentage: hybrid triploid. Characteristics: light green rind with distinctive broad green stripes outside and crisp, sweet red flesh inside; maturing approximately 85 days from planting, this high yielding hybrid delivers oval-shaped fruit weighing 16 to 19 lb; 12% sugar; good shipper. Resistance: tolerant to Fusarium race 1. Adaptation: U.S. 1998.

Tri-X-Chiffon – Parentage: hybrid triploid. Characteristics: 90 days to maturity; 4–5 kg; round; green with light green stripes; bright yellow flesh; good shipper. Adaptation: U.S. 2002.

Tri-X-Palomar – Breeder and vendor: Syngenta Seeds, Inc./Rogers Brand. Parentage: hybrid triploid. Characteristics: 88 days to maturity; 6–8 kg; round; medium green rind with narrow dark stripes; firm, crisp, solid flesh is bright-red in color and is wrapped with a unique rind pattern which can be identified by growers and consumers; 11% sugar; excellent yield potential with high fruit setting ability and improved fruit arrivals due to the firm flesh. Resistance: tolerant to Fusarium race 1. Adaptation: U.S. 2005.

Tri-X-Shadow – Parentage: hybrid triploid. Characteristics: late main season; 6–7 kg; round to oval; green rind with dark green stripes; red flesh; 11% sugar; excellent shipper. Adaptation: U.S. 2002.

Tri-X-Sunrise – Parentage: hybrid triploid. Characteristics: main season; 8–9 kg; round to oval; jubilee stripes; bright red flesh; superior shipping qualities. Adaptation: U.S. 2002.

Tri-X-Triple Sweet – Parentage: hybrid triploid. Characteristics: 85 days to maturity; 7–8 kg; round; mottled stripes crimson type stripe; red flesh. Adaptation: U.S. 2002.

Triple Crown – Vendor: Seed Way. Parentage: hybrid triploid. Characteristics: 85 days to maturity; 7–8 kg; oval; light green rind with broad green stripes; red flesh. Adaptation: U.S. 2005.

Triple Prize – Vendor: Seed Way. Parentage: hybrid triploid. Characteristics: 85 days to maturity; 7–8 kg; oval; light green rind with dark green; red flesh. Adaptation: U.S. 2002.

Triplesweet F1 – Vendor: Harris Seeds. Parentage: open-pollinated. Characteristics: 85 days to maturity; 7–9 kg; nearly round; light green with dark green stripes; pink-red flesh; crisp; seedless; good shipping. Adaptation: U.S. 2002.

Tycoon (HMX7932) – Breeder: R.Schroeder. Vendor: Harris Moran Seed Co. Characteristics: triploid seedless hybrid, early maturing, round, striped, and weighs 10-12 lb. Similar: Jack of Hearts. 1991.

Ultracool – Vendor: Ultimate Seeds Inc. Parentage: hybrid triploid. Characteristics: 75 days to maturity; 6–8 kg; round; light green with narrow darker stripes; sweet bright red flesh; long-lasting vines for high yields. Adaptation: U.S. 2002.

USX-1 – Vendor: Ultimate Seeds Inc. Parentage: hybrid triploid. Characteristics: 85 days to maturity; 9–11 kg; elongated; dark green rind with light stripes; red flesh. Adaptation: U.S. 2002.

Vagabond (HMX 8913) – Breeder and Vendor: Harris Moran. Characteristics: 13–16 lb. triploid packs in flavor within its firm, dark-red, juicy flesh; early season variety suitable for fresh cut; good brix, oval shape stacks easily. Resistance: intermediate resistance to Anthracnose. 2005.

Valdoria – Vendor: Nunhems. Parentage: hybrid diploid. Characteristics: 80 days to maturity; 7–9 kg; oblong; dark green; light red flesh; 11% sugar; fast growing; disease tolerant. Adaptation: U.S. 2002.

Valentine – Vendor: Seed Way. Characteristics: personal-size; seedless; bright red flesh. Adaptation: U.S. 2004.

Vampiro (SSC 31790 & SSC 1428) – Breeder: Sutter Seeds. Vendor: Shamrock Seed Co. Parentage: F1 hybrid; synonym Verde Grande. Characteristics: diploid hybrid; blocky-oblong fruit with a solid, dark green rind and red flesh; high yield of fruit weighing 20 lbs.; widely adapted; high quality fruit; 80 days to maturity. Similar: Peacock. Adaptation: U.S. watermelon areas. 2004.

Vanessa – Vendor: Seed Way. Parentage: hybrid triploid. Characteristics: 80–85 days to maturity; 5–7 lb; round; black rind; deep red flesh; seedless; compare to Sugar Baby; thin rind. Adaptation: U.S. 2005.

Veracruz – Vendor: Hollar Seeds. Parentage: open-pollinated. Characteristics: 87 days to maturity; 2–3 kg; elongated; green stripe on green rind; dark red flesh. Adaptation: U.S. 2002.

Verde Grande – Vendor: D. Palmer Seed Co. Parentage: hybrid diploid. Characteristics: dark green rind; elongated smooth fruit; bright red, crispy, sweet flesh; 25–30 lb; tolerant to hollow heart. Adaptation: U.S. 2002.

Verona (Verona 75) – Breeder and vendor: Mississippi State Univ., State College. Parentage: three-way cross involving Shipper, Black-stone, and Charleston Gray. Characteristics: outstanding shipping and keeping qualities; fruit attractive dark green, nearly round, sweet, tender, and crisp. Similar: Shipper and Florida Giant. Resistance: fusarium and anthracnose. Adaptation: general. 1965.

Vista – Vendor: Hollar Seeds; Seed Way Parentage: hybrid diploid. Characteristics: 80 days to maturity; 9–11 kg; blocky oblong; light green with narrow dark green stripes; dark red flesh; some tolerance to Fusarium wilt and anthracnose; compare to Oasis. Adaptation: U.S. 2005.

White Mountain – Breeder: Univ. of New Hampshire, Durham. Vendor: Hepler Seed Co. Parentage: Favorite Honey x Dakota Sweet. Characteristics: midget size, striped, thin rind, red flesh, numerous tan seeds. Similar: Favorite Honey. N.H. Bul 380. 1950.

White Seeded – Breeder: Mr. Porter, Iowa. Parentage: from African stock. Resistance: fusarium wilt, anthracnose. 1932.

Whitehope – Breeder: Univ. of Arkansas, Fayetteville. Vendor: Willhite. Parentage: Hawkesbury, Stone Mountain No. 5, Kleckley No. 6, and Tom Watson. Characteristics: early; long; gray rind; high quality. Resistance: fusarium wilt. Similar: Charleston Gray. Adaptation: southwestern United States. Ark. Farm Res. Vol. IV. 1956.

White-Seeded Cuban Queen (Dixie Queen) – Breeder: Johnson. Vendor: Stokes Seed Co. Parentage: Cuban Queen x Kolb Gem. Characteristics: round fruit 30-40 lb., pink flesh, white seeds, narrow dark green stripes over light green rind; 90 days to harvest; popular with home gardeners, roadside markets, truckers and shippers; fruit oblong or nearly round; rind thin, but tough; flesh crisp and extremely sweet with very few seeds; seeds white and small. 1890.

Winter Melon (King & Queen) – Vendor: R.H. Shumway’s. Parentage: open-pollinated. Characteristics: 80 days to maturity; 7–9 kg; globe; greenish-white rind with yellow stripes; pink-red flesh; stores well. Adaptation: U.S. 2002.

Wills Sugar – Vendor: O.H. Will Seed Co., Bismarck, North Dakota. 1889.

WM8003 – Vendor: Zeraim Gadera. Parentage: hybrid triploid. Characteristics: 85 days to maturity; 6–10 kg; oval; light green rind with dark green stripes; red flesh; 11% sugar; crimson type. Adaptation: U.S. 2002.

WM8006 – Vendor: Zeraim Gadera. Parentage: hybrid triploid. Characteristics: 85 days to maturity; 6–10 kg; oval; light green with dark green stripes; red flesh; 11% sugar. Adaptation: U.S. 2002.

Wonder (HA 5109) – Breeder and vendor: Siegers Seed Company. Characteristics: sweet mini triploid watermelon that delivers uniform size with consistently firm, high-quality flesh; ideal rind thickness; good yields; dark-green rind, round shape, weighs only 3 1/2 to 5 1/2 lb. Adaptation: U.S. 2005.

Wrigley (XP 4590249) – Breeder and vendor: Seminis-Asgrow. Parentage:F1 hybrid. Characteristics: seedless, oval blocky shape with excellent flesh color, maturity 80-90 days, average fruit size 12-16 lb. Resistance: anthracnose, fusarium wilt. Similar: A and C 5244. Adaptation: U.S. wholesale market. 2000.

XWT 7701 – Vendor: Sakata. Parentage: hybrid triploid. Characteristics: oval; dark green stripes on light green rind; red flesh; 11% sugar. Adaptation: U.S. 2002.

XWT 7702 – Vendor: Sakata. Parentage: hybrid triploid. Characteristics: round; medium green stripes on light green rind; red flesh; 11% sugar. Adaptation: U.S. 2002.

XWT 7703 – Vendor: Sakata. Parentage: hybrid triploid. Characteristics: oval/blocky; dark green stripes on light to medium green rind; red flesh; 11% sugar. Adaptation: U.S. 2002.

Yankee Queen – see Merrimack Sweetheart.

Yellow Baby – Vendor: Stokes; Harris Seeds. Parentage: hybrid diploid. Characteristics: 4–5 kg; round; light green with dark green stripes; yellow flesh. Adaptation: U.S. 2002.

Yellow Belly Black Diamond – Vendor: Willhite; DeWitt Seed. Parentage: open-pollinated. Characteristics: 90 days to maturity; 27–35 kg; slight oblong; blue-black with yellow belly; bright red flesh. Adaptation: U.S. 2002.

Yellow Crimson – Vendor: Willhite. Parentage: open-pollinated. Characteristics: 80 days to maturity; 12 kg; round; striped rind; bright yellow flesh. Adaptation: U.S. 2002.

Yellow Cutie – Vendor: Sakata. Parentage: hybrid diploid. Characteristics: 68 days to maturity; 1 kg; round to oval; light green rind with dark stripes; lemon yellow flesh; local market. Adaptation: U.S. 2002.

Yellow Doll (PSR 4574) – Breeder and vendor: Petoseed. Characteristics: F1 hybrid, yellow flesh, 5 to 8 pounds, round fruit. Similar: Yellow Baby. Adaptation: wide. 1977.

Yellow Dragon (PX 33994) – Breeder: Jose Gomez. Vendor: Seminis Vegetable Seeds-Petoseed. Parentage: F1 hybrid. Characteristics: yellow seeded watermelon, medium blocky fruit, good taste, crisp flesh. Similar: Yellow Doll. Adaptation: wholesale, Pacific rim. 1997.

Yellow Flesh Black Diamond – Vendor: Willhite. Characteristics: 90 days to maturity; 60–70 lb; glossy dark green rind; yellow flesh; good shipper. Adaptation: U.S. 2002.

Yellow Rose (NVH 4299) – Breeder and vendor: Rogers. Characteristics: semi-elongated fruit with Crimson Sweet rind appearance, yellow-orange flesh color, fruit weigh 22-26 lb, soluble solids content is approximately 10.5 percent. Resistance: fusarium wilt. Similar: Tendergold, Tendersweet Orange Flesh. 1992.

Young Beauty 1000 – Vendor: Chia Tai Co. Characteristics: 35–40 days to maturity; 0.12 kg; high round; green rind. Adaptation: U.S. 2002.

Young Boy 1001 – Vendor: Chia Tai Co. Characteristics: 40–45 days to maturity; 0.3 kg; oblong; light green rind; good for packing. Adaptation: U.S. 2002.

Young Girl 1002 – Vendor: Chia Tai Co. Characteristics: 35–40 days to maturity; 0.12 kg; oval; light green rind with dark stripes. Adaptation: U.S. 2002.