Charentais is a type of true cantaloupe from Europe (what Americans call cantaloupes are actually muskmelons.) Thin, smooth skin with light green stripes, maturing to creamy yellow. Orange flesh is fine-textured, delightfully scented and very sweet. You won't find Charentais in your grocery store - it's thin skin and high sugar content make it fragile to ship when ripe. Enjoy its vine-ripened perfection straight from your garden - one of the sweetest rewards of home gardening.
Days to Maturity: 90
When to Sow Outside: Spring, a week or two after last average frost date, and after nights are no longer cool.
When to Sow Inside: 4 to 6 weeks before last frost. Seedlings don't transplant well, so use paper or peat pots.
Seed Depth: 1/2"
Seed Spacing: 2 seeds per mound
Row Spacing: 4' to 6' between mounds
Days to Emerge: 5 to 10 days
Thinning: 1 seed per mound