‘Black Spanish’ is an heirloom variety of watermelon. The fruits are squat and oblong, with deep ribbing. The rind is blackish green, and 1.5 inch thick. The flesh is red and sweet. C. lantatus generally do best in warm climates. Cool weather will not produce good fruits, but some of the adversity of cool weather can be overcome by starting seeds early indoors, and transplanting them out at the height of summer. Plastic groundcovers are highly recommended to increase soil temperature in the spring, and rowcovers will help the crop ripen in the fall.
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CharacteristicsCultivar: Black Spanish
Size:Height: 0 ft. to 0 ft.
Width: 0 ft. to 0 ft.
Plant Category:annuals and biennials, climbers,
Tolerances:heat & humidity,
Bloomtime Range: not applicable
USDA Hardiness Zone:9 to 11
AHS Heat Zone:Not defined for this plant
Light Range:Sun to Full Sun
pH Range:Not defined for this plant
FertilizingHow-to : Fertilization for Annuals and Perennials
Annuals and perennials may be fertilized using: 1.water-soluble, quick release fertilizers; 2. temperature controlled slow-release fertilizers; or 3. organic fertilizers such as fish emulsion. Water soluble fertilizers are generally used every two weeks during the growing season or per label instructions. Controlled, slow-release fertilizers are worked into the soil ususally only once during the growing season or per label directions. For organic fertilizers such as fish emulsion, follow label directions as they may vary per product.