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Petit Gris de Rennes Melon
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Petit Gris de Rennes Melon

Richly Flavored French Heirloom

  • French heirloom variety
  • 2 lb. fruits with small seed cavities
  • Sweet, richly flavored flesh with powerful fragrance
  • Open pollinated
  • A flavor unlike modern melons
In our garden trials, this cantaloupe stood up to disease pressure better than most hybrid melons we grew. An open-pollinated, French heirloom, Petit Gris de Rennes produces 2 lb. fruits with small seed cavities, powerful fragrance and sweet, richly flavored flesh that have hints of caramel. Its flavor is unlike any modern hybrid melon that we've tried. The fruits are as attractive as they are delicious. They have dark gray-green skins and deep orange flesh. Cantaloupe seed can be directly sown into the garden or a Grow Tub after the danger of spring frost has passed. 85 DAYS.



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  • Botanical Name: Cucumis melo 'Petit Gris de Rennes'
  • Height: 18 - 22 inches
  • Spacing: 18-24"
  • Depth: Sow seed after the weather is warm and danger of frost has passed. Plant seeds 1 inch deep, 4-5 to a hill, spacing hills 6 feet apart.
  • Spread: 6 - 12 feet
  • Light Required: Full Sun
  • Yield: Good yields.
  • Color: white
  • Foliage: Medium green.
  • Blooms: early to mid summer
  • Fruit: Gray-green rind has stripes of light green and is speckled with yellow. The rind develops an orange cast when ripe. Orange flesh is known for its richly sweet flavor, often described as having notes of caramel or brown sugar, and sweet fragrance. Very sma
  • Days To Maturity: 85 days
  • Zone: 3 - 9 (annual)
  • Germination: 3 - 10 days
  • Form: Vine
  • Flower Form: Yellow
  • Soil Requirements: Prefers warm, well-drained soil, high in organic matter
  • Growth Rate: moderate once established, which takes aprroximately 3-4 weeks
  • Comments: This special melon is known for its delectably sweet, orange flesh that is described as having notes of rich caramel or brown sugar. Amazing flavor is paired with sweet fragrance. Its small seed cavity allows for more fruit to enjoy. The gray-green rind has light green stripes and is highlighted with speckles of yellow. When ripe, the melon will develop an orange cast. Use this color to determine ripeness because it will not easily slip from the vine. Even though this is an heirloom variety, and not a hybrid that has built-in disease resistance and vigor, it was impressive in our trials and performed strong right alongside the hybrid varieties. This French variety is truly impressive.

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