Rouge Vif D'Etampes Pumpkin (Heirloom 105 Days)
French Heirloom. This unique 1800’s French pumpkin, Cinderella to us here in America, is popular with chefs for soup bases because its mild flavor doesn’t overpower other ingredients. Fruits are flattened and concave on top, about 15” across and 6” high. Skin color is a brilliant reddish-orange, more dramatic than the yellow-orange pumpkins you are used to. The Rouge Vif D'Etampes Pumpkin produces a flavor that is great in pies or any winter squash recipe. Plants are vigorous with 15’ vines.
Germination: 7-10 days
Germination Temperature: Optimum soil temperatures 70-90ºF. Planting in soil under 70ºF may result in poor germination.
Seed Sowing Depth: ½ -1” deep
Starting Indoors: 3-4 weeks before the last frost. Sow 2-3 seeds per cells/pots, thin to the strongest seedling. We like to use individual biodegradable paper, peat, or cow pots because it provides the least amount of stress to the roots when transplanting. Transplant after last frost when the soil warms to 70ºF. Space 36-48” apart, in rows 48-60” apart.
Sowing Outdoors: After the last frost when the soil reaches at least 70ºF. Sow 2-3 seeds per space/hill, 36-48” apart, in rows 48-60” apart.
How much does a packet plant: 12-15 foot single row, 4-5 hills
Harvest: When skin turns color and rinds are hard. Leave a few inches of the stem on for best storage potential.
Tips: Heavy feeders, requiring high nitrogen. Plant the Rouge Vif D'Etampes Pumpkin into fertile soil or amend with compost or manure. Heavy water needs, mulch, and supply adequate water, at least 1” per week for optimum growth.