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Citrullus Lanatus

Botanical Name:

Citrullus lanatus

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How to Grow
Water
Medium
Water moderately, allowing the top 3cm to dry out between watering.
Sunlight
Full Sun
6+ hours of direct sun per day
Characteristics

Bloom Time

Mar, Apr, May, Jun, Jul, Aug

Plant Type

Vine, Annual, Edible, Vegetable, Annual herb.

Lifespan

Annual

Flower

Separate male and female flowers develop on the same plant (monoecious) on a short stalk at a solitary leaf axil. There are 5 sepals and a 5-part corolla. The female flower has an inferior ovary and the male flower has 3 stamens. Melons develop from the female flower if successfully fertilized by the male flower., Female flowers on 3–45 mm. long pedicels; ovary 6–15 × 4–8 mm., ellipsoid or subglobose, villous; receptacle-tube 1·5–2 mm. long, lobes 2·5–5·5 mm. long; corolla as in male flowers. male flowers on ± villous 12–45 mm. long pedicels; receptacle-tube 2.5–5 mm. long, pale green, lobes 2·5–5 mm. long, lanceolate. Petals 0·7–1·9 × 0·4–1·4 cm., obovate, rounded, apiculate.

Fruit

The plant produces melons which are large modified berries called a pepo. They are rounded to oval mottled green with darker green rind. Black, cream or mottled colored elliptic seeds. Flesh general red or pink but can also be yellowish., Fruit of wild plants 1·5–20 cm. in diameter, subglobose, greenish mottled with darker green, of cultivated plants up to 60 × 30 cm., subglobose or ellipsoid, green or yellowish, concolorous or variously mottled or striped; fruit-stalk 2–5 cm. long.

Benefits
Attracts

Bees

Taxonomy

Order

Cucurbitales

Family

Cucurbitaceae

Genus

Citrullus

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