Charentais Melon 'Prescott Fond Blanc'

Cucumis melo var. cantalupensis

Family: Cucurbitaceae (koo-ker-bih-TAY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Cucumis (KOO-koo-mis) (Info)
Species: melo var. cantalupensis
Cultivar: Prescott Fond Blanc

Category:

Vegetables

Vines and Climbers

Water Requirements:

Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Sun Exposure:

Full Sun

Foliage:

Herbaceous

Foliage Color:

Unknown - Tell us

Height:

6-12 in. (15-30 cm)

Spacing:

4-6 ft. (1.2-1.8 m)

Hardiness:

Not Applicable

Where to Grow:

Unknown - Tell us

Danger:

N/A

Bloom Color:

Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Characteristics:

This plant is attractive to bees, butterflies and/or birds

Bloom Size:

Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Time:

Mid Spring

Late Spring/Early Summer

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)

Patent Information:

Unknown - Tell us

Propagation Methods:

From seed; direct sow after last frost

Seed Collecting:

Allow unblemished fruit to ripen; clean and dry seeds

Regional

This plant is said to grow outdoors in the following regions:

Quincy, Illinois

Houston, Texas

Cascade Valley, Washington

Moses Lake, Washington

Moses Lake North, Washington

Gardeners' Notes:

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On Dec 13, 2008, Angel_D from Quincy, IL (Zone 5b) wrote:

This is a pretty melon. It didn't taste any different than cantaloupe, however. I don't know if it was the soil or if I don't have a fine enough palate for melon taste, of if we didn't pick it "at perfection" I'd like to try growing this again sometime, in richer soil.

70 days. The fruit is 4-9 lbs., very flattened and ribbed, with warts and bumps. Melons have grey/green skin turning straw color; flesh is salmon-orange. Once one of the best known melons, it was mentioned in the 1860's, but it likely is much older.

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