15 Seeds

Cultivation: Easy

Seed Saving: Expert

Water Requirements: 4

Desert Watermelon (Citrullus Ianatus)

  • Desert Watermelon (Citrullus Ianatus): from the deserts of the United States, a watermelon capable of withstanding very hot climates and enduring long droughts like no other ecotype of the species.The fruit of about 4-6 kg has light skin and yellow pulp and can be kept for a long time after being picked. The plant is not very productive but the taste is exceptional. It also has few needs for land, which however must be worked because the roots are important.The green part, on the other hand, is not excessively vigorous and almost completely lacks tendrils, needs 85 days to be ready.


    1. Very low: no need for irrigation
    2. Low, also suitable for hot and arid areas, irrigate only in case of prolonged drought
    3. Reduced needs, this variety is amongst the leas demanding of its species, hence it is highly suitable for areas with sporadic rainfall, to be irrigated only in case of prolonged droughts
    4. Tolerant to water stress, it needs moderate irrigation, suitable for gardens with low water consumption.

    We are currently creating a guide for this kind of cultivation, unfortunately, until the guide is published, this is only an overall indication that we can provide without causing confusion about the process. Dry farming, in fact, requires cultivation techniques suitable for the specific  pedoclimate and substrate. All of the varieties included in this category have been acclimatized in Italy.