Melon Charentais HEIRLOOM Seeds

Melon Charentais HEIRLOOM Seeds

Cucumis melo (Reticulatus group)

Item #0186

90 days. Charentais melons aren’t found in your grocery store — they’re too fragile to ship. A true cantaloupe, the fruits have smooth skin with light green stripes, maturing to creamy yellow. The delightfully scented, creamy orange flesh is filled with unsurpassed flavor. One of the sweetest rewards of home gardening!

This packet sows 10 mounds.

Days to Emerge:
5-10 days

Seed Depth:
1/2"

Seed Spacing:
3 seeds per mound

Row Spacing:
4'-6'

Thinning:
When 3" tall, thin to 1 - 2 plants per mound


When to sow outside: RECOMMENDED. 1 to 2 weeks after last frost and when soil temperatures are warm.

When to start inside: Not recommended. 4 to 6 weeks before average last frost. Melon seedlings don’t transplant well; if started indoors, use individual pots such as pulp pots that can be planted directly into the ground. Start indoors only in very short season climates.

Harvesting: Harvesting at the right time is very important with melons. Commercial growers harvest before melons are ripe, forcing them to ripen off the vine. Unfortunately, the last few days of ripening on the vine put a lot of sugars into the melon; bottom line is that melons taste significantly better when vine ripened. How do you know when melons are ripe? Several indicators. 1) The color of Charentais changes from pale green to creamy yellow. 2) The blossom end (opposite the stem) yields slightly to gentle pressure. 3) Unlike muskmelons, Charentais and other cantaloupes do not abscise, or slip from the vine when ripe; cut from vine, rather than pulling or twisting, to avoid damaging plant and fruit.

Artist: Constance Sayas



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