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Melon Seeds - Cantaloupe Di Charentais

Botanical - Cucumis melo

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55 Seeds.

Other Names - French Cantaloupe…

Melon Cantaloupe Di Charentais is an old French heirloom variety grown for its mouth-watering sweet, juicy yellow-orange flesh. This 'true' cantaloupe variety is rarely found in shops due to it's thin skin which makes it very difficult to transport without damaging the fruits. One of the best flavoured melon varieties available.

  • Deliciously sweet and juicy flesh.
  • Suited to the cooler UK climate.
  • Very rewarding.

Suitable For - Containers, fruit gardens, patio's, greenhouse, polytunnel, conservatory, grow bags, raised beds

Sowing Months - March - May

Harvest - July - October


Soil Preperation

Add a good amount of well rotted manure or compost to the soil 3 - 4 weeks before planting as well as a modest amount of general purpose fertilizer. If the soil is heavy clay or the drainage is poor mix in a generous amount of sand and gravel to the soil also. Remove any weeds. One week before planting, water the ground well before covering with a sheet of polythene (this will warm up the ground and retain moisture). Use good quality potting compost if growing in containers.

General InformationSowing & Planting Information
Habit Annual Module Grown & Transplants
Type Trailing Habit Distance between plants 60 - 100 cm
Position Full sun, partial shade, sheltered position Distance between rows 60 - 100 cm
Average height 150 - 200 cm Direct Sowing
Average spread 150 - 200 cm Sowing distance between plants N/A
Hardiness Tender Distance between rows N/A
RHS Bee Friendly No Sowing depth 1 cm
RHS Award Winner No Germination temperature 20 to 25℃
Soil Type Rich, fertile, water retentive but well drained, deep soil Days to germination 7 - 21 days

Sowing Guide

Early Sowing/Module Sowing

Sow one seed in moist compost in 7 cm pots at the depth suggested above.
Place the pots in a propagator or clear polythene bag and seal. Germinate at the temperature suggested above.
Once the seedlings have emerged remove from the bag or propagator and place in an area no colder than 20 degrees centigrade with good daylight exposure. Protect from direct hot sun.
When the seedlings are large enough to handle transplant into 1 litre pots.
Grow on in a frost free greenhouse or cold frame.
Plant out in June when they are well grown.
Harden off over 15 - 20 days before planting out.

Direct Sowing

Not recommended for direct sowing.


Growing On

Water newly planted melons well until established however avoid overwatering as this can lead to stem rot. If growing in grow bags plant 2 melon plants per bag. If growing undercover in a greenhouse or polytunnel the young plants will need to be shaded from direct hot sun to prevent scorching.
On hot days keep the greenhouse humid by watering the pathways or placing a tub of water somewhere in the greenhouse. When the plants are well established remove the shade protection and increase the ventilation. Re-apply shade if the temperature begin to exceed 25 degrees centigrade. When the plants are flowering in the greenhouse, provide good ventilation to allow the plants to be pollinated. Pollination by hand may be necessary.
Water established plants frequently as they will not tolerate drought however avoid overwatering as the plants dislike sodden soil which can lead to rotting of the stems. When the fruits are the size of a golf ball, feed with a liquid fertilizer rich in potash and potassium every 2 weeks.
Melon plants can be left to sprawl along the ground or trained up a trellis. Growing up a trellis has the benefit of improving ventilation to the foliage and therefore reduces the risk of disease.
Plants growing up a trellis will need to be trained and tied regularly to the supports. As the fruits grow larger and heavier the fruits will also need supporting with some netting.
If growing outdoor direct in the ground plant at the distance suggested above. Cover the newly planted melon plants with a cloche until the temperature is warm. Outdoor grown plants will benefit from having a thick mulch adding to help retain moisture or if preferred the plants can be grown through some polythene sheeting. Ensure the stems are not in contact with the plastic sheeting as this can lead to stem rot.
Plants grown outdoors in flower, should have their cloche removed to allow bees to pollinate. If the plants are allowed to grow along the ground the fruits will need to be lifted off the ground with pots or pieces of wood to prevent the fruits from rotting.
Once the fruits begin to ripen, stop feeding and reduce the frequency of watering. Overwatering at this point may cause the fruits to split.


Harvesting

The ripeness of the fruits can be revealed in many different ways, the delightful sweet melon aroma is the most prominent sign.
When the fruit is ripe the skin will have developed a light ribbed texture and will be a green - grey colour.
There may be a few noticeable cracks or signs of the skin splitting around the stem.
The stem should be easily separated by hand from the vine. If it is not easy to separate, the melon is not yet fully mature and should be left for a little longer.

TIP

When the fruits are golf ball size choose the best 4 melons on each stem and remove all other flowers and fruits. This will allow the plants to concentrate it's energy into growing and ripening the chosen fruits.

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