A very old french heirloom, Rouge Vif d’Etampes was the most common pumpkin (C. maxima) in the Central Market in Paris back in the 1880s. Flattened and ribbed large fruits are a gorgeous deep red-orange color. The flesh is tasty in pies or baked. This variety can also be picked small, like summer squash, and fried. It’s a good yielder too! (95 days)
Each packet contains approximately 20 seeds.
Planting and Harvesting Tips:
These warm season annual plants require full sun, ample water and plenty of room to grow. Start seedlings indoors and transplant outside when the soil is warm enough in spring. Space 5-8 feet apart in all directions – vines can wander up to 15 feet. Continue to provide plenty of water during the growing season.
Crops are ready to harvest when they have a deep solid color and the vines die back and turn brown. Cut fruit from the vines using a sharp knife; do NOT pull.