Melon, Petit Gris De Rennes
- Fruits weigh 2-3 pounds
- Juicy, sweet orange flesh
- Flavor like brown sugar when ripe
- 80-85 days
La crème de la crème of French cantaloupes. First noted in the garden of the Bishop of Rennes nearly 400 years ago. Petit Gris translates as “little grey,” named for its appearance before ripening. Fruits typically weigh 2-3 pounds and have a mustard and olive speckled rind. Flavorful sweet orange flesh is reminiscent of brown sugar. 80-85 days.
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.