What are some good muskmelon and watermelon varieties for Iowa?

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What are some good muskmelon and watermelon varieties for Iowa?

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Muskmelon Varieties

  • ‘Earlisweet’ (early maturing, 2 to 3 lb. fruit)
  • ‘Eclipse’ (round 6 to 8 lb. fruit)
  • ‘Athena’ (oval 4 to 6 lb. fruit)
  • ‘Aphrodite’ (oval 6 to 9 lb. fruit)
  • ‘Superstar’ (oval 6 to 8 lb. fruit )
  • ‘Ambrosia’ (round 4 to 5 lb. fruit)
  • ‘Hale’s Best’ (oval 4 to 5 lb. fruit, heirloom)
  • ‘Earlidew’ (honeydew type, pale green flesh)
  • ‘Passport’ (hybrid melon, green flesh) 

Watermelon Varieties

  • ‘Crimson Sweet’ (red-fleshed, seeded, blocky round fruit, 20 to 30 lb.)
  • ‘Royal Sweet’ (red-fleshed, seeded, blocky oval fruit, 20 to 25 lb.)
  • ‘Sangria’ (red-fleshed, seeded, blocky oval fruit, 20 to 26 lb.)
  • ‘Sweet Beauty’ (red-fleshed, seeded, oblong icebox-size fruit, 5 to 7 lb.)
  • ‘Yellow Baby’ (yellow-fleshed, seeded, round fruit, 9 to 12 lb.)

A seeded variety (pollenizer) must be planted with seedless watermelon varieties for proper pollination.  Pollinator seeds are often included in seedless watermelon seed packets.     

  • ‘Amarillo’ (yellow-fleshed, seedless, round fruit, 12 to 14 lb.). 
  • ‘Crunchy Red’ (red-fleshed, seedless, round to oval fruit, 15 to 18 lb.)
  • ‘Gypsy’ (red-fleshed, seedless, round fruit, 13 to 17 lb.)
  • ‘Millionaire’ (red-fleshed, seedless, oblong fruit, 13 to 20 lb.)
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