What are the pros? Easy to grow, pretty
What are the cons? No flavor whatsoever
One of the four melons I planted in the garden this year, I was especially looking forward to this as I've always enjoyed the old charentais types. This was a sturdy, attractive vine that survived a very late freeze and grew quite well despite a less-than-ideal 2014 growing season.
However, out of four melons produced by the vine, not a one of them had any flavor at all. They smelled nice and looked interesting, but what value is that when you slice it open to reveal a gorgeous but utterly flavorless fruit? I'm not sure what caused this. The first melon clearly held on to the vine too late, but the rest were picked at what appeared to be the peak of ripeness, and smelled great. They just tasted like nothing at all. It was a real shame.
It's been a bad growing season: intermittent blazing hot and unseasonably cool with somewhat above-average rainfall and several week-long stretches with no sunshine whatsoever. We can blame the climate, but my other melons have done fine, so...
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