The Cinderella pumpkin is a French heirloom also called Rouge Vif d'Etampes, which translates as "red life of the times." The pumpkin is well-known for its vibrant red-orange skin, deep ribs and squat shape. Legend, according to "Hobby Farms Magazine," states that these pumpkins were served by the pilgrims at the second Thanksgiving. Cinderella pumpkins have excellent flavor when picked young and fried. Let them grow larger and you'll have pretty pumpkins for carving.
Things You'll Need
- Soil testing kit
- Cinderella seeds or seedlings
- Garden hoe
Test to determine the alkalinity or acidity of the growing soil. Most pumpkins need soil pH of 6.5 to 6.8. Add lime if the soil is too acidic and sulfur if it is too alkaline. The amount of lime or sulfur needed will depend on the type of soil and its existing pH. Most university extension offices can help with soil tests and information about adjusting pH level. Additionally, apply 1 lb. nitrogen, 2 lbs. phosphorus and 3 lbs. potash per 1,000 square feet.
Build mounds about 3 feet across surrounded by a furrow for water. When planting more than one vine, space them 5 feet apart.
Plant seeds or seedlings. Pumpkins are tender and shouldn't be planted until all danger of frost has passed. Plant in mid-May or early June, depending on soil temperature, which should be 68 degrees Fahrenheit to a depth of 4 inches, according to Ohio State University. Plant five or six seeds to a depth of 1 inch, thinning to the best two or three when they are established.
Weed regularly. Pumpkins should be kept free of weeds by hoeing or light digging.
Irrigate regularly. Pumpkins can tolerate some hot, dry weather, but regular watering during hot weather is preferred. Slowly soak the soil to a depth of 6 to 8 inches. Pumpkins need about 1 inch of water weekly, according to Purdue University. Water in the morning, and try to keep foliage dry to prevent fungal infections.
Tips & Warnings
- All pumpkins, including the Cinderella, need bees for pollination. Avoid using pesticides if at all possible, as they will kill bees. If pesticides must be used, apply them at night when the vine's flowers have closed.
- "Hobby Farms Magazine"; Boutique Pumpkin Varieties; Jessica Walliser; 2010
- Backyardgardener.com: Curcurbita Pepo
- Ohio State University Extension: Growing Squash and Pumpkins in the Home Garden; Ted W. Gastier
- University of Illinois Extension: Pumpkin
- University of California Davis: Changing pH in soil; Paul Vossen
- Purdue University Extension: Growing Cucumbers, Melons, Squash, Pumpkins and Gourds: B. Rosie Lerner, Michael N. Dana