Approximately 3-5 seeds per gram Cucurbita maxima Lot# PU31514 An heirloom from France; also sold as ‘Rouge Vif d’Etampes’, Cinderella Pumpkin has a vivid, red-orange, hard exterior, is deeply ridged with characteristic lobes, and has a softly flattened top. They can weigh as much as 11-16 kg (25-35 lb). Each plant sends out 3 m (10') of trailing vines with up to 5-6 pumpkins on each vine as large as 30-40 cm (12-16”) across. This pumpkin's rich, thick flesh is moist and custard-like with a sweet flavor and is prized for its sweet flavor and creamy texture making it ideal for use in pies, breads, cookies and cakes.
Start indoors from late April, or direct sow outside in May, when the last chance of frost has passed in your area. Sow the seeds 2 cm (1”) deep, and maintain temperature around 18°C (65°F). The soil temperature should be around 15°C (60°F). Sow 2-3 seeds per hill, or in small pots, and keep the strongest seedling. Germination takes about 7-14 days, depending on the soil temperature. Transplant the plants into bigger pots when large enough to handle and keep them inside the greenhouse. Gradually acclimatize the plants before planting outside. Space hills or transplants 1.5-2.5 m (5-8’) between the plants. If you have more space, you can increase distance from plants. Pumpkin plants prefer sunny locations and very rich soil.
Soil Conditions: Well worked rich, loose well-drained soil. Ideal pH: 6.0-6.8.
Planting Depth: Sow Pumpkin seeds 2 cm (1”) deep.
Germination: 6-14 days.
Height at Maturity:25-61 cm (10-24") tall. Spread: 61-91 cm (2-3’). The vines can grow to 3 m (10') long.
Days to Maturity: 100-120 days for maturity from direct sow.
Watering: 2.5 cm (1") of water a week ensures good growth, whether pumpkins are grown in single or wide rows. The amount of rain that falls during the week affects how much you should water your garden. Cinderella Pumpkin only requires moderate watering. Do not over water. The trick is to only water pumpkins when they require it. Check the soil moisture levels with a trowel or a hoe and as long as you can see the moisture and your plant looks happy, you do not need to water. It is important to not get water on any of the leaves. Use drip irrigation if available and water in the morning instead of late in the evening. This simple technique will help prevent fungal diseases like powdery mildew.
Sun/Shade: Full Sun
Spacing after Thinning: Thinning is generally not required for 2-3 plants per hill, but you can thin to the strongest plant every 1.2 m (4’). Rows should be planted 1.5-2.5 m (5-8’) apart.
Additional Information Open pollinated-untreated seeds. Sow 3 seeds directly in garden soil per hill with 61-91 cm (2-3’) spacing. These large vines require at least 3 feet of growing area, and can be trained. Only requires moderate watering, do not over water. Pumpkins require pollination, so be sure to plant a few flowers in your vegetable garden to attract pollinators. Cinderella Pumpkin matures in about 100 days from direct sowing.Pick pumpkins when rind - skin just loses it glossy sheen. Store the pumpkins and squash at about 10°C (50°F). Pumpkins, when handled and stored properly can be kept for a long time. When your pumpkins begin to change their color to orange, gradually decrease the amount of water. Your pumpkins will store longer if you cut off water 7 - 10 days before you harvest.