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Melon Cinderella

Melon Cinderella


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Melon Cinderella is recommended for growing in temperate climates. Reviews of the Cinderella melon correspond to the characteristics declared by the copyright holder. An early ripe variety has proven itself well in Siberia and Central Russia.

Description of Cinderella melon

The Cinderella melon variety belongs to the early ripening, fruits ripen in 2.5 months from the moment of sowing the seeds. Grown in open ground in the South and in greenhouses in temperate climates. The variety belongs to dessert. The fruits are consumed fresh, they make jam, juice, melon honey, candied fruits. The culture is high-yielding, forms female and male flowers, not self-fertile.

Attention! Cinderella melon requires pollinating insects, this factor must be taken into account when growing in greenhouse conditions.

Description of the Cinderella melon variety:

  • the plant forms a long (up to 2 meters) creeping rounded-faceted stem, gives a large number of shoots, female flowers form on the shoots of the 2nd and 3rd orders;
  • leaves are large, together with antennae grow from nodular formations, the edges are jagged, the surface is corrugated with a fine pile, on a dark green background there are well-defined light veins;
  • flowers are large, bright yellow, bisexual;
  • round melon weighing up to 2 kg, 20 cm in diameter, smooth surface without ribbing;
  • the peel is thin, bright yellow, at the stage of technical ripeness, a small green pigment is observed near the stalk, without a pattern with a beige dense mesh;
  • the pulp 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%;
  • seeds are beige in color, located in a closed placenta.

Melon Cinderella is not stored for a long time. To increase the period, the fruits are removed at the stage of technical ripeness, in this state they lie for up to 2 weeks, during which time they fully ripen.

Pros and cons of Cinderella melon varieties

The Cinderella variety is not afraid of fluctuations in night and day temperatures. Vegetation does not stop at +18 ÂșC. Gives a stable harvest. Can be grown in a trellis way, like lianas. And also the advantages of the variety include:

  • high gastronomic quality of fruits;
  • rapid aging;
  • unpretentious care;
  • drought resistance;
  • 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 a temperate climate zone;
  • the crop harvested at the stage of technical ripeness ripens well without losing its taste and aroma;
  • fruits do not crack;
  • used for homemade preparations, does not lose active substances in the composition after freezing;
  • thin, elastic skin.

The disadvantage of the Cinderella variety is the short shelf life. Melon does not tolerate transportation, a dark spot forms at the impact site, the fruit begins to rot. For the formation of ovaries, pollinators are needed, mainly bees perform this function. The culture does not tolerate waterlogging of the soil. Does not give a full-fledged planting material.

Attention! Seeds, independently harvested from Cinderella melon, will yield less harvest next year, if the seed is not renewed, the culture will degenerate.

Melon cultivation Cinderella

The culture is grown by the seedling method, the laying of seeds is carried out in late April or early May. Landing on a permanent place of growth is carried out in early June, when there is no threat of return spring frosts, and the soil warmed up at least +18 0C. Place the seedlings in the greenhouse 30 days after the seed is set. Therefore, the sowing dates are oriented towards the weather characteristics of the region.

Seedling preparation

Before sowing, melon seeds are soaked for 6 hours in a 5% manganese solution. Then it is dried and placed in the refrigerator for 4 hours for hardening. The seeds are laid out on a damp napkin, covered with a cloth on top, and moistened. Make sure that the seeds are in a humid environment. After 3 days, sprouts appear, at this time they are planted in the ground.

A nutritious soil mixture is prepared from peat, turf soil and organic matter in equal parts, wood ash is added. The optimal containers for seedlings are peat glasses. So that the plant does not hurt after transplantation, it is planted in a permanent place of growth together with peat containers. High-sided plastic containers can be used.

Sequence of work:

  1. Potting soil is poured into the container.
  2. Depressions are made 2 cm, seeds are placed.
  3. Water abundantly, cover with foil on top.
  4. Placed in a room with good lighting and a constant air temperature of at least 27 0C.

After the emergence of seedlings, the film is removed, the seedlings are placed in a sunny place, they make sure that the top layer of the soil does not dry out, periodically watered. After the formation of 5 leaves, the planting material is planted on the site.

Selection and preparation of the landing site

The area for melon is determined in an open space on the south side. Melon is a light-loving plant, so the harvest will be poor in a shaded place. If the melon is grown in a greenhouse, additional lighting must be provided. It is not recommended to plant the plant for more than 2 years in one place, it is necessary to observe the crop rotation. The Cinderella variety grows well on the site after legumes and nightshade crops.

The composition of the soil should be neutral, suitable soils are sandy loam, chernozem, sandy. The site is prepared in the fall, the increased acidity is neutralized with dolomite flour. They bring in compost, dig up, remove the roots of the weed.

Landing rules

Cinderella melon seedlings are planted in Central Russia in late May - early June. Pre-dug up the site. They make holes or furrows, put organic matter and wood ash on the bottom. Place the plant vertically together with peat glasses, if the planting material is in a plastic container, pre-fill with water and carefully, so as not to damage the root, take out the seedlings. Planting holes are dug 15 cm deep, 20 cm wide. The distance between plants is 0.6 m. The row spacing is 70 cm. You can plant a Cinderella melon in a checkerboard pattern or in one line. Deepen the planting material, taking into account that 3 sheets remain on the surface.

Watering and feeding

Watering the Cinderella melon in greenhouse conditions is regulated so that the topsoil does not dry out. Roughly watered 2 times every 10 days. The first feeding is carried out a week after planting on the site, ammonium nitrate is added. After 3 weeks, Cinderella melon is fertilized with superphosphate, after 14 days with potash fertilizers. Periodically, wood ash is added under the root in unlimited quantities. At the time of fruit formation, the plant is fed with nitrogen-containing agents.

Formation

The Cinderella variety needs the formation of a bush so that the fruits get more nutrients. A feature of the melon is the non-simultaneous appearance of bisexual flowers. Male flowers are formed on the primary shoots, female flowers are formed on the processes of the second and third planes. 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 from the fruit, remove excess flowers and leaves.

Harvesting

You can harvest Cinderella melons after full ripening or at the stage of technical ripeness. Fully ripe fruits are distinguished by a bright yellow color without a green fragment near the stalk, the top becomes soft, there is a melon aroma. Ripe fruits do not last long. If storage is necessary, unripe melons are removed, placed for 1.5 weeks in a dark place with good ventilation, after ripening, the melon does not differ in taste and appearance from fully ripened in the garden.

Diseases and pests

The Cinderella variety is adapted for growing in regions with short, often cold summers, and has a stable immunity to most of the diseases inherent in the culture. Melon is cultivated in greenhouses or hotbeds, pests parasitize on the variety extremely rarely.

With high humidity and insufficiently high temperature, Cinderella melon suffers from a fungal infection - powdery mildew. The disease manifests itself as gray spots on the stem and leaves, over time, the affected areas darken and dry out. To eliminate the infection, problem fragments are removed, the bushes are treated with a solution of colloidal sulfur.

Conclusion

The characteristics of the variety and reviews about the Cinderella melon of gardeners completely coincide. The variety is early maturing, gives a stable yield. Practically does not get sick and is not affected by pests. It manages 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 to care for.

Melon Cinderella reviews

Tatyana Starykh, 56 years old, Klin

Melon for us is considered a southern, exotic culture. I never thought that it could be grown in our climate. Last year, friends treated me to a crop from their own garden. In the spring, Cinderella planted a melon variety in her area under the film. There were 5 seeds in the package, all sprouted. By mid-July, each bush gave 5 fruits, weighing about 1.5 kg. The melon is tasty, juicy, aromatic, the grandchildren really liked it. I recommend this variety to everyone.

Renat Shaikhutdinov, 60 years old, Belgorod

On the site I tried to plant watermelons and melons, but the summer period is not enough for ripening. The fruits are small, sour in taste. I was looking for a variety suitable for our climate for a long time, we advised the Cinderella melon. For the second year I have been growing a crop in a greenhouse on a trellis. During this time, the plant has never hurt, it gives a stable harvest. The fruits are not very sweet, but very aromatic and juicy, on average, one melon weighs about 2 kg. Does not require special care. For our climate, this is just a godsend.


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