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Wild Card Watermelon

Citrullus lanatus 'Wild Card'

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Wild Card Watermelon (Citrullus lanatus 'Wild Card') at Roger's Gardens

Wild Card Watermelon fruit and flesh

Wild Card Watermelon fruit and flesh

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Wild Card Watermelon (Citrullus lanatus 'Wild Card') at Roger's Gardens

Wild Card Watermelon fruit

Wild Card Watermelon fruit

(Photo courtesy of NetPS Plant Finder)

Height:  12 inches

Spacing:  3 feet

Sunlight:  full sun 

Hardiness Zone:  (annual)

Group/Class:  Triploid


A vigorous, non-harvested pollinator variety that produces an abundance of flowers throughout the growing season; an exceptional choice for an early pollen source; develops small fruit with green rinds and dark green tiger stripes

Edible Qualities

Wild Card Watermelon is an annual vegetable plant that is commonly grown for its edible qualities. It produces large red oval fruit (technically 'drupes') in soft shells with dark green stripes and rose flesh which are typically harvested when mature. The fruits have a bland taste.

The fruit are most often used in the following ways:

  • Fresh Eating
  • Juice-Making

Planting & Growing

Wild Card Watermelon will grow to be about 12 inches tall at maturity, with a spread of 6 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 is a female variety of the species which requires a male selection of the same species growing nearby in order to set fruit.

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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