Melon Cinderella is recommended for growing in temperate climates. Reviews about Cinderella melon correspond to the characteristics stated by the copyright holder. The early ripe grade well proved in Siberia and the Central strip of Russia.
Description Cinderella melon
Melon variety Cinderella refers to the early ripening, fruits ripen in 2.5 months from the time of sowing the seeds. Grown in open ground in the South and in greenhouses in a temperate climate. Variety refers to the dessert. Fruits are consumed fresh, make jam, juice, melon honey, candied fruits. The culture is high-yielding, forms female and male flowers, not self-bearing.Attention! Cinderella melons require pollinating insects, this factor must be considered when growing in greenhouse conditions.
Description of the melon variety Cinderella:
- the plant forms a long (up to 2 meters) creeping rounded-faceted stem, gives a large number of shoots, female flowers are formed on shoots 2 and 3 of the order;
- the leaves are large, along with the antennae grow from the nodules, the edges are jagged, the surface is crimped with a fine pile, on a dark green background are well-defined light streaks;
- flowers are large, bright yellow, bisexual;
- round melon weighing up to 2 kg, 20 cm in diameter, the surface is even without ribbing;
- the skin is thin, bright yellow, in the stage of technical ripeness there is a small green pigment near the stem, without a pattern with a beige thick mesh;
- the flesh is creamy, juicy, crunchy; a light green stripe is noted near the peel;
- fruits with a pronounced aroma, not very sweet, sugar content up to 8.5%;
- beige seeds are located in a closed placenta.
Melon Cinderella is not stored for a long time. To increase the period, the fruits are removed in the stage of technical ripeness, in this state they lie up to 2 weeks, during which time they fully ripen.
The pros and cons of melon Cinderella
Cinderella is not afraid of changes in night and day temperatures. Vegetation does not stop at +18 ºC. Gives a stable crop. It can be grown in a trellis way, as lianovidnye plants. As well as the advantages of the variety include:
- high gastronomic quality of fruits;
- fast aging;
- unpretentious care;
- drought tolerance;
- resistance to many types of fungal and bacterial infections;
- the possibility of growing in open ground and in a protected area;
- suitable for cultivation in the temperate zone;
- the crop gathered in the stage of technical ripeness ripens well, without losing taste and aroma;
- fruits do not crack;
- used for homemade preparations, does not lose the active substances in the composition after freezing;
- thin, elastic skin.
The downside to the Cinderella variety is the short shelf life. Melon does not tolerate transportation, a dark spot forms at the place of impact, the fruit begins to rot. Pollinators are necessary for the formation of ovaries, basically this function is performed by bees. Culture does not tolerate overmoistening of the soil. Does not give a full planting material.Attention! Seeds, independently harvested from Cinderella melon, will yield fewer crops next year, if the seeds are not renewed, the culture degenerates.
Growing melon Cinderella
Grown culture seedling method, the laying of the seeds is carried out in late April or early May. Landing on a permanent place of growth carried out in early June, when there is no threat of return spring frosts, and the ground warmed up not lower than +18 0C. Place the seedlings in the greenhouse 30 days after laying the seeds. Therefore, planting dates focus on the weather characteristics of the region.
Before sowing, melon seeds are soaked for 6 hours in 5% manganese solution. Then dried and placed in the fridge for 4 hours for hardening. Seeds are laid out on a damp napkin, covered with a cloth on top, moistened. Ensure that the seeds are in a humid environment. After 3 days sprouts appear, at this time they make a landing in the ground.
Prepare a nutritious soil mixture of peat, turf soil and organic matter in equal parts, add wood ash. Optimal capacity for seedlings - peat cups. So that the plant does not hurt after transplantation, it is planted with a peat container at a permanent place of growth. Plastic containers with high sides can be used.
The sequence of works:
- In the tank pour the soil mixture.
- Make indentations of 2 cm, put the seeds.
- Liberally watered, covered with a film on top.
- Put in a room with good lighting and constant air temperature not lower than 27 0C.
After the emergence of seedlings, the film is removed, the seedlings are put on a sunny place, they are monitored so that the top layer of soil does not dry out, they are periodically watered. After forming 5 sheets, planting material is planted on the site.
Selection and preparation of the landing area
Plot for bahchi determined in open space on the south side. Melon is a light-loving plant, so the crop will be bad in a shaded place. If the melon is grown in the greenhouse, you need to take care of additional lighting. It is not recommended to plant a plant for more than 2 years in one place, it is necessary to observe crop rotation. Cinderella variety grows well in the area after legumes and solanaceous crops.
The composition of the soil should be neutral, suitable sandy, black earth, sandy soils. The site is prepared in the autumn, the increased acidity is neutralized with dolomite flour. Bring in the compost, dig, clean the roots of weeds.
Cinderella melon seedlings are planted in Central Russia in late May - early June. Pre-dig a plot. They make holes or grooves, put organic matter and wood ash on the bottom. The plant is placed vertically together with peat cups, if the planting material in a plastic container, pre-filled with water and carefully, so as not to damage the root, remove the seedlings. Planting holes are dug 15 cm deep and 20 cm wide. The distance between plants is 0.6 m. The row spacing is 70 cm. You can land the Cinderella melon in a checkerboard pattern or in a single line. Deepen the planting material, taking into account the fact that there are 3 leaves on the surface.
Watering and feeding
Watering the melon Cinderella in greenhouse conditions is regulated so that the topsoil does not dry out. Approximately watered 2 times in 10 days. The first dressing is carried out a week after landing on the site, making ammonium nitrate. After 3 weeks, the Cinderella melon is fertilized with superphosphate, after 14 days with potash fertilizers. Periodically at the root make wood ash in unlimited quantities. At the time of the formation of the fruit, the plant is fed with nitrogen-containing agents.
The Cinderella variety needs a shrub shaping in order for the fruit to get more nutrients. A feature of the melon is the non-simultaneous appearance of bisexual flowers. On the primary shoots formed male flowers, on the processes of the second and third plan female. After the appearance of the ovaries, no more than 5 fruits are left on the bush. Cut off excess shoots, break the top near the fifth leaf of the fruit, remove excess flowers and leaves.
You can harvest the melon Cinderella after full ripening or in the stage of technical ripeness. Fully ripened fruits are distinguished by a bright yellow color without a green fragment near the stem, the top becomes soft, there is a melon flavor. Ripe fruits do not lie long. If necessary storage, remove unripe melons, put them for 1.5 weeks in a dark place with good ventilation, after ripening the melon does not differ in taste and appearance from fully ripe in the garden.
Diseases and pests
The Cinderella variety is adapted for growing in regions with a short, often cold summer, and has a stable immunity to most of the diseases characteristic of culture. Cultivate melon in greenhouses or greenhouses, pests parasitize on the variety is extremely rare.
With increased humidity and not enough temperature, Cinderella melon suffers from fungal infection - powdery mildew. The disease appears gray spots on the stem and leaves, over time, the affected areas darken and shrink. To eliminate the infection, remove the problem fragments, process the bushes with a solution of colloidal sulfur.
Characteristics of the variety and reviews of melon Cinderella gardeners, completely the same. The variety is early ripe, gives a stable harvest. Practically not sick and is not affected by pests. He has time to fully mature in the short summer of the Moscow region. Fruits of universal application, have a good taste, aroma, presentation. The plant is unpretentious in the care.