Watermelon - Odell's White


Citrullus lanatus

HEIRLOOM. Originating from a slave of Col. A.G. Summer of Pomaria, SC, this melon takes its name from a Summer family friend, Milton O’Dell who popularized it in the 1850’s by winning many a contest with the melons immense size and sweetness. Sometimes weighing as much as 60 lbs., the skin is a pale green almost gray and the rind almost an inch think. Being not very heavily seeded for its size, and its sweet, smooth flesh makes for excellent eating enjoyment!

SMALL FARM GROWN by Ballylee Farm, Whitmire, SC

On the Slow Foods Ark of Taste!

Planting Information


Approx. Seeds per Packet Average packet weight 
Seeds / gram 
Average seeds / oz
2 grams 
Planting SeasonIdeal Soil TempSunFrost Tolerance
After Last Frost70-90°FFull SunFrost Sensitive
Sowing MethodSeed DepthDirect Seed SpacingDays to Harvest 
Transplant or Direct Seed1/2"12"95
Mature SpacingDays to SproutProduction CycleSeed Viability
12"3-10Annual4-5 years