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PlantFiles: Charentais Melon
Cucumis melo 'Charentais'

Family: Cucurbitaceae (koo-ker-bih-TAY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Cucumis (KOO-koo-mis) (Info)
Species: melo (MEL-oh) (Info)
Cultivar: Charentais
Additional cultivar information: (aka Charantais; Cantalupensis group)

Synonym:Cucumis melo subsp. melo var. cantalupensis
Synonym:Cucumis melo var. cantalupensis

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Vines and Climbers

6-12 in. (15-30 cm)

4-6 ft. (1.2-1.8 m)

Sun Exposure:
Full Sun

Bloom Color:
Gold (Yellow-Orange)

Days to Maturity:
71 to 80 days
81 to 90 days

Other details:
This plant is attractive to bees, butterflies and/or birds
Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Soil pH requirements:
6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)

Propagation Methods:
From seed; sow indoors before last frost

Seed Collecting:
Allow unblemished fruit to ripen; clean and dry seeds

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3 positives
3 neutrals
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Neutral lzyjo On Mar 30, 2010, lzyjo from Thompsons Station, TN (Zone 7a) wrote:

ugh, I had such high hopes for Charentais. Never has a melon received so much hype. Charentais is famous for its flavor but it is also (in)famous for splitting. Every single fruit in my garden cracked open. I'm reluctant to give it a negative becuase I still want to try it again and hopefully get to taste the melon. This time I will use lots of mulch and try to moderate the soil moisture.

Positive Harmonyplace On Sep 30, 2008, Harmonyplace from (Zone 7b) wrote:

Best Melon i have ever grown or tasted 2 thumbs up you got to try this one!

Positive passiflora_pink On Mar 8, 2007, passiflora_pink from Shelby County, AL (Zone 8a) wrote:

We had a drought the summer I grew this melon. Mulched plants did fine with some hand watering in 90+ degree heat.

Positive berrygirl On Feb 26, 2007, berrygirl from Braselton, GA (Zone 7b) wrote:

Don't know why I forgot to post my experience with this melon. I grew this melon in 2005. It was not fazed by our hot, dry summer. Not only was it very prolific, but it was the BEST cantalopue/honeydew-type melon I have ever grown. I have got to get more seed and grow this one again.

Seed also available at SSE. Spelled slightly different as 'Charantais,' though.

Neutral aries44 On Aug 10, 2005, aries44 from Miami, FL (Zone 10b) wrote:

80 days. A famous heirloom. A French, 2-3 lb. melon with light, grey-green skin. The bright , orange flesh is super sweet and very fragrant.

Neutral Farmerdill On Mar 1, 2005, Farmerdill from Augusta, GA (Zone 8a) wrote:

A vendor offers this description; "A French heirloom. Smooth, round cantaloupe matures to pale yellow with green stripes with salmon flesh. Superb flavor and fragrance."


This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:

Madison, Alabama
Pelham, Alabama
Miami, Florida
Braselton, Georgia
Cumming, Georgia
Rutledge, Georgia
Springfield, Missouri
Stanton, Nebraska
Lebanon, Ohio
Boise City, Oklahoma
Tulsa, Oklahoma
Houston, Texas

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