Hello! =) My name is Tanya, I am a melon grower from Russia (St-Petersburg). This year I had the following varieties in my garden: Ambrosia (hybrid, USA), Roxolana (hybrid, Holland), Harvest king (hybrid, USA, if I am not mistaken) and two French heirloom varieties: Petit Gris de Rennes and Charantais.1. Ambrosia. I've read a lot of great reviews about this melon. I worried a little if it would feel good in our climate. I guess it would be bigger and set more fruits in warmer conditions but I am very happy about it! I will definitely grow it again next summer! 2. Roxolana. A new favorite of Russian gardeners, an improved Collective farm woman melon. White fleshed, I don't know in what aspect I could compare it with Ambrosia but it is another melon I will definitely grow next season. 3. Harvest king. The first melon was very good (although all melons were pretty small - 1 pound). I was very pleased when I tried it and I couldn't wait for other melons to ripe. But when they did they were good not not as delicious as the first one. Maybe they overriped... I don't know... Anyway, I am going to give this variety a second chance! 4. Petit Gris de Rennes - a famous melon from the north of France. I did not like it... I think our climate is not good enough for this variety or maybe I harvested them at the wrong moment. I am not sure I will grow them again. At least not next summer. 5. Charantais. I liked this variety more than Petit Gris but ALL melons split... They were sweet but crispy, an apple texture if I can say so... I prefer soft melons that melt in your mouth. I think I can give this variety a second chance although I don't think I can avoid this splitting. Thank you very much for reading about my experience. =)
Next summer I want to try a Crane melon. If you have already tried it or can recommend other varieties, I would appreciate your piece of advice a lot!