Watermelon production on the Prairies is a very risky venture except in the most favorable of years. Using transplants with plastic mulch and crop covers are critical to successful watermelon production. Even with these production aids, the fruit are rarely ready before early September, by which time, demand for watermelon has largely passed.
- Black Jade (EG)
- Bo Wong (AH)
- Compadre (PAL)
- Crimson Early (EG)
- Crimson Sweet (BUR, J)
- Delta (SEM)
- Diana (WCS)
- Flower Dragon (KY, WDM)
- Formosa (EG)
- Lantha (HOLL) – a high yielding later maturing cultivar with good consistent fruit quality.
- Redlicious (WH) – matures early and produces large oblong fruit.
- Sugar Baby (BUR,VE)
- Sweet Black (AH) – early maturing with excellent yields and fruit quality.
- Sweet Favorite (DOM) – another early maturing cultivar with large oblong fruit.
- Vanguard (HOLL)
- Vista (VE)
Visit the 2007 Vegetable Cultivar and Cultural Trials for the most current watermelon recommendations.