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College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences


Watermelon and other melons

Watermelon and other melons

Objectives(s) of watermelon and melon research and education:  

This research explores and identifies new fresh market watermelon and cantaloupe cultivar and variety releases for their suitability, marketability, growth and production characteristics, nitrogen fertility management, pollination and irrigation management under a typical south central Ohio growing season.

Planned Scope of Research:   
Crop performance evaluations were monitored and recorded relative to standard varieties and growing practices at the OSU South Centers research farm. At each harvest yield data and fruit quality attributes were observed and recorded.  Plant growth characteristics, insect and disease susceptibility and tolerance were also be monitored and recorded.
Potential outcomes & significance of outcomes:         
These research trials assist with the identification of new cultivars and crop management options that can increase the profitability of Ohio growers. Research began in 1995 and new research projects continue today.

Watermelon varities included:  Imagination, Sweet Diane, Trillion, Freedom, Tri-X Palomar, Mardi Gras, and Super Seedless.


Melon varities included:  Athena, Odyssey, and Minerva.



Variety Evaluations


Production Information



Evaluation of Canteloupe Cultivars for Southern Ohio 2008

Evaluation of Watermelon Cultivars for Southern Ohio 2008

Evaluation of Specialty Melon Cultivars for Southern Ohio 2007