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PlantFiles: Cantaloupe
Cucumis melo 'Charon'

Family: Cucurbitaceae (koo-ker-bih-TAY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Cucumis (KOO-koo-mis) (Info)
Species: melo (MEL-oh) (Info)
Cultivar: Charon

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6-12 in. (15-30 cm)

4-6 ft. (1.2-1.8 m)

Sun Exposure:
Full Sun

Bloom Color:
Pale Yellow

Days to Maturity:
61 to 70 days
71 to 80 days

Other details:
Unknown - Tell us

Soil pH requirements:
5.6 to 6.0 (acidic)
6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)
6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)

Propagation Methods:
From seed; direct sow after last frost

Seed Collecting:
N/A: plant does not set seed, flowers are sterile, or plants will not come true from seed


No positives
1 neutral
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Neutral Farmerdill On Dec 12, 2012, Farmerdill from Augusta, GA (Zone 8a) wrote:

"Charon is a hybrid early western shipper round cantaloupe with medium net, bright orange flesh and high brix. It was the top pick in the DPS San Joaquin Valley trials in 2004. This is an early maturing variety that has an excellent shelf life and produces a high percentage of 9ís and 12ís. Its tight cavity gives this melon great flesh depth. Summer/fall production cycle in cantaloupe production area. Tolerant to Fusarium Wilt Race 0, 1 and 2, Powdery Mildew Race 2. 70 days. " New England Seed

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