Watermelon - Ravenscroft


Citrullus lanatus

HEIRLOOM. The legendary Ravenscroft watermelon, kept all these years by Mr. Carold Wicker and Dr. James Kibler of Whitmire, SC. Dr. Kibler has helped to steward and grew this lot of seeds for us, and we are honored to be able to offer them to the public again after having thought them extinct. Bred by Adam Summer circa 1850, Summer is also credited with the Odell’s White watermelon. Both the Wicker and Kibler families live within 15 miles of the Ravenscroft plantation where Adam Summer lived, and both families used to be direct neighbors to the Summers’ back in the day. The watermelons surviving a century-and-a-half in the same area is a testimony both to the strong farm traditions of the area and to the stamina of the melons themselves.

SMALL FARM GROWN by Ballylee Farm, Whitmire, SC

Planting Information


Approx. Seeds per Packet Average packet weight 
Seeds / gram 
Average seeds / oz
152 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"80-95
Mature SpacingDays to SproutProduction CycleSeed Viability
12"3-10Annual4-5 years