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Rouge Vif D'Etampes Pumpkin (Heirloom, 105 days)

Germ 7-10 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. Flavor is great in pies or any winter squash recipe. Plants are vigorous with 15’ vines. 10 seeds

PLANTING:

Indoors- Individual biodegradable peat/cowpots 1/2”-1” deep, 3-4 weeks before last frost with soil temperature 70 degrees. Transplant 36” apart after last frost without disturbing the roots

Outdoors- 1/2”-1” deep after last frost, in warm soil at least 70 degrees. Sow a few seeds per space/hill with 24-36” between, providing the furthest spacing for the larger varieties

Harvest- When skin turns color and rinds are hard, leaving a few inches of the stem on for best storage potential.

Tips- Plant in fertile soil amended with compost or well rotted manure and keep well watered. They benefit from growing on black plastic and by using row covers for weed, insect control, and more rapid growth. Fertilize on a regular basis by watering with compost tea. Turn pumpkins carefully to keep a uniform shape.

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