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Melon " Charentais '

Cucumis melo


New! Extra-early Charentais melon seeds


This French  heirloom melon is Round to slightly oval fruits with green sutures and moderate netting average 2 lb.

Considered by many to be the most divine and flavorful melon in the world. Sweet, juicy, orange flesh with a heavenly fragrance.



Plant life cycle: annual

Site:full sunDays to maturity: 60-70 days

Seed depth:1/2" deep

Plant spacing:18"
Row spacing:6 feet apart

Approx seeds per packet:10


How to grow


A light, well-drained soil with a pH of 7.0 and a southern exposure is ideal. Good soil moisture is important in early stages of growth and during pollination when fruits are setting. After this point do not water the last week before fruits are ripe, as overwatering can cause bland fruit.



Sow indoors in 50-cell plug trays or 2-3" biodegradable pots in late April or one month (no sooner!) before transplanting outdoors. Plant 3 seeds/cell or pot, about 1/4" deep. Keep temperature 80-90°F (27-32°C) until germination. Handle young plants carefully and never let the soil dry out. Grow seedlings at 75°F (24°C). Reduce water and temperature for a week to harden-off seedlings. When the weather is frost-free, warm, and settled, transplant 2-3' apart in rows 6' apart or thin to 1 plant/cell or pot with scissors and transplant 18" apart. Even hardened-off melon seedlings are tender. Do not disturb roots when transplanting, and water thoroughly.


Direct seeding:

Sow 1-2 weeks after last frost when soil is warm, above 70°F (21°C), 3 seeds every 18", 1/2" deep, thinning to 1 plant/cell or pot.


Row covers:

Since melons like consistently warm conditions, plastic mulch and row covers will make for earlier crops and better yields, especially in the North. Remove covers when plants have female flowers (identified by the tiny fruit at base of blossom).




Organic French Heirloom melon " Charentais '

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