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Shiny Boy Watermelon

Citrullus lanatus 'Shiny Boy'

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Shiny Boy Watermelon (Citrullus lanatus 'Shiny Boy') at Roger's Gardens

Shiny Boy Watermelon fruit

Shiny Boy Watermelon fruit

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Height:  20 inches

Spacing:  3 feet

Sunlight:  full sun 

Hardiness Zone:  (annual)


A lovely vigorous, early maturing variety; produces high yields of globe-shaped, 20 pound green skinned watermelons with dark green striping; sweet, juicy and crisp, boasting gorgeous deep red flesh, perfect for a delicious snack, juicing and fruit salads

Edible Qualities

Shiny Boy Watermelon is an annual vegetable plant that is commonly grown for its edible qualities. It produces large green round fruit with dark green stripes and red flesh which are typically harvested when mature. The fruits have a sweet taste and a juicy texture.

The fruit are most often used in the following ways:

  • Fresh Eating
  • Eating When Cooked/Prepared
  • Juice-Making

Planting & Growing

Shiny Boy Watermelon will grow to be about 20 inches tall at maturity, with a spread of 12 feet. When planted in rows, individual plants should be spaced approximately 3 feet apart. This vegetable plant is an annual, which means that it will grow for one season in your garden and then die after producing a crop.

This plant is typically grown in a designated vegetable garden. It should only be grown in full sunlight. It does best in average to evenly moist conditions, but will not tolerate standing water. It is not particular as to soil pH, but grows best in rich soils. It is somewhat tolerant of urban pollution. Consider applying a thick mulch around the root zone over the growing season to conserve soil moisture. This is a selected variety of a species not originally from North America.

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