A traditional French cantaloupe variety, Charentais produces small but delicious 1kg fruit. The deep orange flesh is exceptionally sweet mixed with just a touch of acid tang; this gives a refreshing flavour followed by a pleasant, soft floral aftertaste. The most popular melon in France for good reason.
The small fruits are a good choice for Ireland and the UK as they have a much better chance of ripening fully than larger melon varieties. For growing undercover in a greenhouse or polytunnel.
Sowing & Spacing:
Late March until mid May. Sow individual seeds in small pots (7cm) or large modules and keep in a warm place. Pot on into a 10cm pot when ready. Plant into greenhouse or polytunnel after the last frost date.
Between rows: 1m
Between plants in the row: 50cm
Seeds per packet: 10