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How to Garden: How to Grow Charentais Melons

Updated on March 21, 2012
Charentais melons; these are the melons used in Dr. Jean-Louis Sebagh's Meaningful Beauty line.
Charentais melons; these are the melons used in Dr. Jean-Louis Sebagh's Meaningful Beauty line.

About Charentais Melons

Charentais (Cucumis melo) are small, one to three pound single serving melons. The name, though odd to some is really an easy word to say, pronounce it as (Shar-en-TAY).

As with all Cucumis, Charentais melon seeds work as a gentle, natural dewormer for people, chickens and other pets and livestock.


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Charentais melons are  small, weighing in at 1 to 3 pounds a piece. What they lack in size, they make up for in quality, firm flesh and flavor.
Charentais melons are small, weighing in at 1 to 3 pounds a piece. What they lack in size, they make up for in quality, firm flesh and flavor.

Growing Charentais Melons

Plant Charentais melons in well-drained soils. Turn in as much organic matter as you can. Mushroom compost is an excellent choice for growing melons in. Planting the vines on a hill is a good idea but it is not necessary.

Apply a thick layer of mulch to the entire planting area. Place growing fruits on a straw or other clean bedding to prevent rotting.

Use an organic fertilizer such as caterpillar frass tea to feed the plants. That is all you need for healthy, vigorous vines and loads of fruit.

Fertilize foliage with a weak solution every time you water. Once a week, fertilize with a small pile of aged frass beside each plant. Water well before and after fertilizing to prevent burning the plants.

Fruits are ready to pick when they have a strong "melon" smell. They do not tend to slip from the vine; instead, the melons turn a straw-like color. The most telling signs are color, scent and sound when thumped. Fruits sound like any finished melon when thumped.


Charentais melon skin when is not quite fully ripened. The scent is delicious before you ever cut into them. Leaving a green tinge is fine, the flesh is "ripe enough" and delectable.
Charentais melon skin when is not quite fully ripened. The scent is delicious before you ever cut into them. Leaving a green tinge is fine, the flesh is "ripe enough" and delectable.

Caterpillar Frass Fertilizer

All I used on my Charentais melons was caterpillar frass tea. Caterpillar frass is caterpillar poop. I collected Cataba caterpillar poop during the "frass season". I then stored it in a bucket with water and a few rotting leaves.

You know it is ready when you smell it. It will smell metallic and honestly, like animal poop.

Caterpillar frass will burn plants if too much is used.


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    • IsadoraPandora profile imageAUTHOR

      Jocelyn 

      7 years ago from Florida, PCB

      You're very welcome!

      I can send you some seeds too 50!

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      bushraismail 

      7 years ago from ASIA

      i am not sure. but remember the climate in srilanka is very different. melons do grow here but not around where i live.

      i will let u know. oh its starting to get exciting....thanx

    • IsadoraPandora profile imageAUTHOR

      Jocelyn 

      7 years ago from Florida, PCB

      Actually, I can do that. I used to trade seeds overseas. Its nice to spread the heirloom seeds around the world for everyone to share. Is it legal for you to receive seeds from outside the country?

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      bushraismail 

      7 years ago from ASIA

      export some to Sri Lanka. lolz..hehe. i will give u my address if u want....he he

    • 50 Caliber profile image

      50 Caliber 

      7 years ago from Arizona

      They grow melons here like crazy, I had no idea that I could get so many out of one bag of seed.They were good. never thought of turning them into juice, I could can that in quart jars and drink melon juice all year.

      bushraismail, I tried to give them away at the farmers market near town and I live in an area that you can and they do, grow melons almost all year and in the large green houses probably are right now and trucking them east to the snow states, peace, 50

    • IsadoraPandora profile imageAUTHOR

      Jocelyn 

      7 years ago from Florida, PCB

      These are the best ones I have ever tasted 50, I promise! lol Man, so sweet and succulent. I wish they were larger sometimes, hehe.

      I am a total fruit eater so I think I can take your 30 and raise you by at least 40! LOL

      They would make an awesome juice Bushraismail! I will try that this year. Cantaloupe juice. Yummy.

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      bushraismail 

      7 years ago from ASIA

      i am truly sad to hear that from 50 caliber. couldn't u sell them? here in Srilanka they are so very rare. and my family enjoys cantaloupe juice.

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      50 Caliber 

      7 years ago from Arizona

      Well, can't say I ever heard of them before but that's true of a lot of things. I'll be planting early this year and the cantaloupes did so well last year I was sick of seeing them, so a small bachelor size melon looks inviting. I have 3 female Rotty's that are herbivore-carnivore and when they walk away from stuff to eat you get the signal, "you grew too many, old man". I can't control how many or how big so I ended up spray painting them orange and setting them up as rifle targets, they explode cool when you shoot them. It's a shame that the darn things all get ripe in the same week or two, 'cuz nobody can eat 137 and not hate the site of them by number 30. I'll do some digging in town for seeds and try these for a change. Great article and vote up, dusty

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