Charentais melon growing herbaceous semi vine of the genus Cucumis also known as Cucumis melo or Musk melon, Charentais melon annual plant, can grow mediterranean, desert, subtropics, temperate or tropics climate and growing in hardiness zone 4+.
Leaves color green in heart shape with lobes.
Flower color yellow with five lobs, female contain semi fruits that looks like a little melon, and male flower are smaller.
Charentais melon fruits
Fruit color orange-yellow inside and yellow with green stripes the peel with like net structure, the fruit juicy sweet, peel is not edible, the structure smooth or rough structure, after the picked need to give time to be ripen, seeds also edible.
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Requirements for Charentais melon growing and care:
Recommend to watering on the ground and not watering on the leaves or the fruits, some species need trellising (the small ones), slightly acidic and well-drained soil
What is the best way to start growing?
Seedling / Seed
Is it necessary to graft or use vegetative reproduction?
Difficulties or problems when growing:
When the plant attacked in the base if not treatment well it will die
Pests and diseases:
Powdery mildew, aphids, fungal disease
All the season
How to prune:
Infected leaves needed to take out, before cut, try to clean them, don’t prune growth vertex
Size of the plant?
1-2 m, 40-80 inches
Growth speed in optimal condition:
Average amount of water
Light conditions in optimal condition for growing:
Full Sun / Half shade (in desert)
Is it possible to grow as houseplant?
Growing is also possible in a planter /flowerpot / containers:
Yes, depend on the species
General information about the flower
Yellow flower with five lobs, female contain semi fruits that looks like a little Charentais melon, and male flower are smaller
Thinning the bloom:
Sometimes happened because disease or not enough water
Pollination is done by:
Bees and more pollinators, by hand
Fruit harvest season:
Fruits pests or diseases:
What can be done with big quantities of Charentais melon fruits?
Fruit: eaten raw, juice. Rind: pickles, Seeds: salad, raw
Work requirements on the fruit:
Sometimes to space it from the ground
How long does it take to bear fruit?
Grow from seeds
Easy to sow no special treatment
Saving seeds until sowing:
Room temperature, dry place
Depend if trellising or not, 1-2 on the ground can be more depend on the species
Depth of Sowing:
Conditions for seeds germinate:
Moist soil, full sun
Watering requires for Seeds:
Average amount of water
Condition of seedling:
Warm weather, big amount of water, full sun
Do the seeds require burying?
Cucumis melo var. cantalupensis