Rockmelon 'Petit Gris De Rennes'

Cucumis melo

A very old French heirloom that was first noted in a bishop’s garden in Rennes, France over 400 years ago. Still popular today because of its sublime flavour and fragrance. We found the vine to be compact and the fruit small making it the perfect melon for most suburban gardens. It also performs well in areas with cooler summers. Harvest in 12 weeks; yields fruits around 1-1.2kg.

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Rockmelon 'Petit Gris De Rennes'

Referred to a "Little Grey from Rennes", this heirloom cantaloupe may be small, but the flesh is flavoursome and fragrant. Perfect for gardens where space is limited.

How to grow

Melons (both watermelons and rockmelons) need to be sown in warm soil. Like pumpkins, they are best sown on mounds, 1m apart. Sow 3 or 4 seeds where you want one plant to grow, and remove the weaker plants once seed germinates. A sandy, well drained soil of pH 6 is ideal. While the vines are growing, they need plenty of water and nutrients, so good soil preparation is essential; however, once the fruit has set, too much water can lead to watery tasteless fruit. For large, lush melons, allow a maximum of 3 fruits per vine before pinching out the ends of the vines and allowing these fruit to develop.

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