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Melon 'Noir des Carmes'

Cucumis melo

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Belonging to the Cucumis genus (Cucumis melo 'Noir des Carmes'), Noir des Carmes is a variety of Melon. Noir des Carmes is a heirloom variety.

Extremely dark green skin, almost black when immature. Ripes to a oranged mottled with green. Sweet, aromatic, orange flesh.

Beautiful and rare heirloom from France. Nearly black in color the fruit turns orange as it ripens. They are deeply ribbed and have smooth skin. The flesh is orange in color, thick, flavorful and perfumed. Excellent and unusual. Weigh about 3 to 6 pounds.(1)

A type of Fruit, it mainly grows as an Annual plant - which means it typically only grows best for a single growing season. Noir des Carmes is known for its Spreading habit and growing to a height of approximately 30.0 cm (11.7 inches).

France is believed to be where Noir des Carmes originates from.

Be aware that Noir des Carmes Melon typically needs a fair amount of maintenance and care in order to grow successfully. Ensure that you are aware of the soil, sun, ph and water requirements for this plant and keep an eye out for pests. Pay attention to weeding, feed and pruning schedules to ensure your plant remains in peak condition.

This variety plant info is provided by the myfolia gardener's wiki. All details about Noir des Carmes have been kindly provided by our members.

How to grow Noir des Carmes

  • Full Sun

  • High


Will cross-pollinate. Isolate 1/4 mile (403m) from other melons, including: cantaloupes, muskmelons, honeydew, snake melon, and Armenian cucumbers. Wash seeds from rip melons and dry. Seeds are ready to store when the break instead of bend.

Noir des Carmes likes a position of full sun and remember to water often. Keep in mind when planting that Noir des Carmes is thought of as hardy, so this plant will survive close to or on freezing temperatures. Planting Noir des Carmes in potting mix and loamy soil with a ph of between 6.1 and 7.5 is ideal for as it does best in weakly acidic soil to weakly alkaline soil.

Growing Noir des Carmes from seed

Try to aim for a seed spacing of at least 1.89 feet (58.0 cm) and sow at a depth of around 0.99 inches (2.54 cm). Soil temperature should be kept higher than 21°C / 70°F to ensure good germination.

By our calculations, you should look at sowing Noir des Carmes about 14 days before your last frost date.

Transplanting Noir des Carmes

6-8 seeds in 12" (30cm) diameter hills spaced 6’ (5.5m). After germination thin to 3-4 strongest seedlings.

As Noir des Carmes is hardy, ensure temperatures are mild enough to plant out - wait until after your last frost date to be on the safe side.

Harvesting Noir des Carmes

Melon is ripe when it turns from black to orange.

Other Names for Melon 'Noir des Carmes'



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