85-100 days. It's worth the wait for these large, juicy fruits that average 22”-26” long and 25 to 35 pounds. You’ll have lots of thick slices for those late summer barbecues and picnics! This open pollinated melon, developed by renowned watermelon breeder Charles Andrus of the USDA lab in Charleston, SC, was the first to be resistant to both fusarium wilt and anthracnose disease. Greenish-gray rind protects melon from sunburn. It is still affectionately called “that gray melon from Charleston”.