Melon, Petit Gris De Rennes
- Fruits weight 2-3 pounds
- Juicy, orange flesh
- Flavor like brown sugar when ripe
This variety will grow well in most regions of the United States.
Melon, Petit Gris De Rennes Description
This variety was first noted in the garden of the Bishop of Rennes nearly 400 years ago. Petit Gris translates to "little grey" and references the appearance of the fruit before ripening.
Melons were developed and domesticated in Africa and Asia. Europeans settling in the Americas are recorded growing honeydew and casaba melons in the 17th century.
Learn to Grow it
This crop can be direct seeded into the soil after the last spring frost. You can also start plants indoors 3-6 weeks before the last frost date.
If you are direct seeding, plant in groups of 2-3 seeds and keep the healthiest plant that matures. Space your plants or seeds 12-18 inches apart and plant 1/2-1 in. deep.
Make sure that your soil is well fertilized as this crop is a heavy feeder and takes a lot of nutrients from the soil. Consider adding compost to the soil the year before you plant.
These plants prefer warm weather and soil so they should be grown when temperatures are over 68 degrees F. You should avoid watering them from above as damp leaves may be susceptible to disease.