Days to Maturity: 80 days Family: Cucurbitaceae Native: Africa Hardiness: Frost-sensitive annual Plant Dimensions: 6'–10' vines
Variety Information: 8–10-pound fruit about 9" long with bright red, sweet flesh, and fewer than average, very small seeds. The rind is dark green with thin, mottled, darker green stripes. 'Sugar Baby' was introduced in 1959.
When to Sow Outside: RECOMMENDED. 1 to 2 weeks after your average last frost date, and when the soil temperature is 70°–90°F.
When to Start Inside: Not recommended except in very short growing seasons, 2 to 4 weeks before transplanting. Roots are sensitive to disturbance; sow in biodegradable pots that can be planted directly into the ground. Transplant when the soil temperature is at least 60°F.
Days to Emerge: 5–10 days Seed Depth: ½" Seed Spacing: 2–3 seeds per mound Row Spacing: 4'–6' apart Thinning: When 3 leaves, thin to 1 plant per mound