Organic Petit Gris de Rennes Cantaloupe

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85 days to harvest Cucumis melo

"This melon gives me the chills," says Amy Goldman. “You will blink your eyes with disbelief when you sample its sweetness, which is more like brown sugar than white. It will melt on your tongue, and your mouth will water for more.” Organic Petit Gris de Rennes Cantaloupe is surprisingly easy to grow, even in short seasons, producing 3 to 4 exquisite fruit per plant.

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Organic Petit Gris de Rennes Cantaloupe

85 days to harvest Cucumis melo

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“This melon gives me the chills,” says Amy Goldman. “You will blink your eyes with disbelief when you sample its sweetness, which is more like brown sugar than white. It will melt on your tongue, and your mouth will water for more.” Organic Petit Gris de Rennes Cantaloupe is surprisingly easy to grow, even in short seasons, producing 3 to 4 exquisite fruit per plant.

Her name translates to “little grey of Rennes,” referring to her rind color before maturity and where she was first documented to have been grown in a bishop’s garden.

Alas, Petit Gris de Rennes does not travel well, so she has been forgotten by commercial seed houses. It is our pleasure to share these seeds with you then, all the more.

Grow Like a Pro: Harvesting melon is both art and science, and hardly an easy one. If the tendril on the stem opposite the fruit is brown and dry, you likely have a ripe melon. Rich melon scent is also a hint, especially on the blossom end. Split melon? Eat it right away!

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To harvest even more and earlier melons, grow them under hoops and floating row cover until they flower. This allows them to grow faster while also protecting them from the voracious cucumber beetles transmitting bacterial wilt.

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Organic Petit Gris de Rennes Cantaloupe

Direct Sow: Sow 1–2 weeks after last frost when soil is above 70°F, 3 seeds every 3-4′, 1″ deep. Thin to 1 plant/group. Protect from Cucumber Beetles & increase heat with floating row cover until flowering. Ample water during pollination & fruit set essential. Fruit may be ripe when rind on ground is softening and fruit is fragrant.

Sowing Date: After frost, late May to early June
Seed Depth: 1 inch
Days to Germination: 4-8
Days to Maturity: 85 days to fruit
Plant spacing after thinning: 3-4 feet
Height: full 6′ + vine

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