Pumpkin : Cinderella's Carriage
Antique fairytale variety with excellent carving potential
Renee's Garden imports seed for this big gorgeous heirloom pumpkin from its original French breeder who maintains the best centuries old strain, still beloved In European markets. Cinderella's Carriage is our name for this large, thick fleshed selection that looks exactly like the original in old-fashioned illustrations of the magical fairy tale coach. The 18 to 35 pound, deep orange-red fruits are fattened and deeply lobed, and their vivid color glows among the lush vines as they ripen in celebration of fall.Cucurbitaceae Cucurbita maxima
Pumpkins are quite frost tender and can't be planted until all danger of frost has passed and the soil has warmed up.
These are vigorous and robust plants. If they are well fed and watered, they can compete with almost any plant.
The plants need an evenly moist soil for maximum productivity.
The best way to water Squash is with drip irrigation, or a soaker hose used near the soil, as wet foliage can easily lead to fungus diseases.
High nitrogen. Moderate potassium. Moderate phosphorous. Squash have a very vigorous root system, which may dig 6' underground in its search for nutrients.
Watering, regularlyWater, 1 gallon(s) per plant, regularly, 2 times a week
Keep the soil evenly moist for best growth.
Watering also depends on your local weather; don't water if it's raining, or water more frequently if it's dry. Just be sure to keep soil moist for the best crop. The best way to know how much moisture is in your soil is to feel 2" below the soil line. If it's dry, water.
Side Dressing, regularlyCompost tea, 1 quart(s), regularly, every 3 weeks
Protecting, when 3in tallMulch, 2 inch(es), when 3in tall, 1 time
Weeding, up to early fruit setup to early fruit set, 1 time a week
You need to keep the young plants weeded. Once they get going they are vigorous enough to look after themselves. Their broad leaves effectively block out upcoming weeds from sunlight.
Watering, up to early fruit setWater, 3 quart(s), up to early fruit set, 2 times a week
Keep the plants well watered.
Watering depends on your local weather; don't water if it's raining, or water more frequently if it's dry. Just be sure to keep soil moist for the best crop. The best way to know how much moisture is in your soil is to feel 2" below the soil line. If it's dry, water.
Pruning, during fruit productionduring fruit production, 1 time
If you remove some of the fruit it will allow the plant to put all its energy into those remaining and they will get bigger.
This is especially important for the giant pumpkin varieties, such as Big Max and and Wyatt's Wonder.
The vine takes up a lot less space if grown vertically on trellises or cages. A wire fence can work great. This is optional, though, and not necessary (unlike support for Peas Vines or Tomatoes).