Most beautiful flattened and ribbed large fruit are a gorgeous deep red-orange. A very old French Heirloom, this was the most common pumpkin in the Central Market in Paris back in the 1880’s. The flesh is tasty in pies or baked. This one can also be picked small, like summer squash, and fried. It is a good yielder too.
Pumpkin – Rouge Vif D’Etampes – Cucurbita pepo
Soil & Water: Pumpkins prefer loam or sandy soil high in organic matter to hold large amounts of moisture. The plants require heavy, even water for best development. Preferred soil pH is between 6.0-7.0.
Planting & Growing: Start seeds indoors 3-4 weeks before the last frost or sow seed directly when soil temperature reaches 70F. To begin growing earlier, use mulching plastics and row covers to warm the soil. Place a board underneath the fruit to help prevent rotting.
Harvesting & Storage: For immediate use, harvest when the skin loses its sheen. For storage, harvest pumpkins when fully mature. Cut the fruit from the vine, leaving 4″-6″ of stem. Cure for storage by setting in a warm, dry location for 1-2 weeks.
- Soil Temperature: 70-90F
- Planting Depth: 1/2″-1″
- Germination: 6-18 Days
- Height At Maturity: 18″-24″
- Days To Maturity: 100 Days
- Sun/Shade: Full Sun
- Spacing After Thinning: 2′-4′
- Approx Seeds per Pack: 10 Seeds
Product image via: Baker Creek Heirloom Seeds