Herbaceous Creeping Plant Height : 8cm to 63cm included Origin : Tropical Africa (Kalahari) Environment : on deep, rich alluvial soils; in full sunlight Climate : warm, temperate; lethal threshold is –2° C
Notes : Watermelon is an annual climbing plant native of the Kalahari desert (Tropical Africa). One Watermelon plant can produce the amazing amount of a hundred big fruits at one time and is a vital water source for the native populations. The first documented Watermelon crop took place in ancient Egypt 5000 years ago. In the 10th century it was cultivated in China, and was first introduced in Europe in the 13th century with the Moorish invasion. A fruit contains high amounts of sugars and of A and C vitamins. The Watermelon plant blooms from May to October.