Melon (Cucumis melo 'Charentais') in the Cantaloupes Database

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General Plant Information (Edit)
Plant Habit: Vine
Life cycle: Annual
Sun Requirements: Full Sun
Water Preferences: Mesic
Fruit: Edible to birds
Flower Color: Yellow
Bloom Size: Under 1"
Uses: Vegetable
Edible Parts: Fruit
Wildlife Attractant: Bees
Propagation: Seeds: Self fertile
Sow in situ
Pollinators: Various insects

Showing Stem End In Midst Of Foliage

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Location: My GardensDate: August 11, 2019Showing Stem End In Midst Of Foliage
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Location: My GardensDate: August 11, 2019Fruit About 6-7 Inches Diameter; Approximately 60-70 Days After P
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Location: My GardensDate: August 11, 2019Approximately 60-70 Days After Planting; Sandy Loam Soil
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Posted by TBGDN (Indiana - Zone 5a) on Aug 12, 2019 10:03 AM

I enjoy trying new plants in the gardens. As a long time fan of cantaloupes I have tried three "new" cultivars this year. They are new to me since I had not known about them previously. Having researched them I decided to try (Cucumis melo 'Charentais') this year. It is an heirloom originating in France in the 1920's and is considered one of the best melons "ever developed" because of its high sugar content and because it is highly aromatic when ripe. (These qualities are reported by the seed companies.) My plants are at the sixty day growth point since planting; and are filled with immature fruits and blooms. Many fruits are now 6 to 7 inches in diameter with lots of new blooms setting on. From my observations this looks like a very promising addition to the gardens. (Photos are in the data base.)

I plan to post another comment as the fruits ripen. I also plan to post photos. One thing I cannot post is the taste and aroma; but I can describe them when the time comes. There is nothing better than a dish of chilled cantaloupe chunks (with or without vanilla ice cream). Stay tuned for an upcoming final report.

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