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Charentais Melon

Charentais Melon

Charentais Melon

Charentais Melon

Charentais Melon

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.


Sun Exposure

  • full sun (six to eight hours)

Soil pH

  • 7.0

Hardiness Zones

  • 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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