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TRUE CHARENTAIS MELON (80 days Heirloom)

A true, traditional Charentais melon is surprisingly hard to find. The oval fruit have a smooth gray exterior with dark gray sutures. The flesh is a lovely, fragrant, delicious bright orange. Plants are medium size and the melons run to 2 pounds. Fruit should be harvested when the skin turns from green to gray for the best flavor. 

15 seeds

PLANTING:

Germ 4-10 days

Indoors- Individual biodegradable peat/cowpots 1/2” deep, 3-4 weeks before last frost with soil temperature 70 degrees. Transplant 36” apart after last frost without disturbing the roots.

Outdoors- 1/2” deep after last frost in warm soil at least 70 degrees.

Harvest- Look for the following signs as it does take some practice on telling when they are ready to harvest. The skin tone changes and netting becomes heavy, the ends soften, they will slip from the vines or a gentle tug will pull it away from the vine, a crack develops around the stem, the closet tendril to the stem dries, and the aroma increases when ripening.

Tips- Plant in fertile soil amended with compost or well rotted manure and keep well watered. They benefit from growing on black plastic and by using row covers for weed, insect control, and more rapid growth.

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    CZ
    11/07/2017
    Christine zone 8a

    Delicious

    I had a volunteer come up in my south-southeast flower bed. I let it vine up the iron trellis work with the clematis. About 5-5 hours sun. Great big melon and very flavorful. Don't wait for the rind to turn yellow. Support fruit with an old nylon if trellising. Can't wait to grow it again.