The Charentais melon will transport you to the French countryside. This heirloom variety is considered to be the ultimate French melon, with exquisite taste. The Charentais has a high sugar content, smooth flesh, and an enticing fragrance. It’s not a big melon—just about 2 pounds—so nothing will ever go to waste. The melon ripens to a gray color with slight ribbing, with salmon-orange flesh inside. The Charentais has high resistance to Fusarium wilt; intermediate resistance to powdery mildew.
- full sun (six to eight hours)
- 4 to 10
- thin to three or four seedlings in a 12-inch mound
- space mounds 4 to 6 feet apart all around
- 1 to 2 inches per week
- prefers well-drained, sandy loam soil with lots of direct sunlight
- for best flavor, eat at room temperature
- allow melons to ripen on the vine
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