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PlantFiles: Pumpkin, Winter Squash
Cucurbita maxima 'Rouge Vif d'Etampes'

Family: Cucurbitaceae (koo-ker-bih-TAY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Cucurbita (koo-KER-bih-ta) (Info)
Species: maxima (MAKS-ih-muh) (Info)
Cultivar: Rouge Vif d'Etampes
Additional cultivar information: (aka Cinderella; Bright Red French)
Hybridized by Burpee; Year of Registration or Introduction: 1883

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Pumpkin (winter)

12-18 in. (30-45 cm)
18-24 in. (45-60 cm)

4-6 ft. (1.2-1.8 m)

Days to Maturity:
101 to 110 days

Mature Skin Color:

7 to 11 pounds (3 to 5 kg)
12 to 20 pounds (5 to 9 kg)
20 to 35 pounds (9 to 16 kg)


Disease Resistance:
Unknown - Tell us

Seed Type:
Open Pollinated

Other details:
This plant is attractive to bees, butterflies and/or birds
Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Soil pH requirements:
5.6 to 6.0 (acidic)
6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)
6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)

Propagation Methods:
From seed; sow indoors before last frost
From seed; direct sow after last frost

Seed Collecting:
Allow unblemished fruit to ripen; clean and dry seeds
Properly cleaned, seed can be successfully stored

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3 positives
1 neutral
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Positive baryonic On Oct 25, 2011, baryonic from Point Reyes Station, CA wrote:

My neighbors planted this pumpkin in the spring and harvested about 10 squash off the vine in October, ranging in size from 10 pounds to 56 pounds! The flesh was sweet enough to eat raw, but chopping and baking this beast took hours. A Sawzall came in handy. Careful lifting these things so that you don't get a hernia!

Positive jaoakley On Aug 5, 2006, jaoakley from Toronto, ON (Zone 5b) wrote:

This French heirloom is also called "Cinderella" because it has the classic flattened shape of Cinderella's coach rather than the more typical round or oblong shape. The pumpkins are very decorative, due to both their shape and excellent deep orange-reddish colour. Once they are no longer wanted as decoration, they can be eaten, and they do in fact have an excellent flavour. The flesh is quite thick, meaning that the yield per pumpkin is quite high.

One of my pictures here shows a twelve pound pumpkin of this variety, next to smaller 'Jack Be Little' pumpkins. (which were relatively large given their variety, the Indian corn is better for scale)

The other picture shows the same pumpkin, cut open with seeds removed. The relatively small seed cavity can be noted, as well as the thick, deep orange flesh. Probably one of the best flavoured pumpkin varieties I have tried, the one tiny drawback of this variety over smaller pie pumpkin varieties like 'Small Sugar' is that the flesh does have some strings.

Positive pajaritomt On Jul 30, 2006, pajaritomt from Los Alamos, NM (Zone 5a) wrote:

This is a lovely pumpkin that I have grown for years as a decoration. My friends who like pumpkin tell me it is one of the better pumpkins, but I have not tasted it and generally don't care for pumpkin.

Neutral Farmerdill On Jan 20, 2005, Farmerdill from Augusta, GA (Zone 8a) wrote:

Introduced to the USA by Burpee in 1883, a bright red French cultivar for fall displays and pies. The fruit are flattened and run 10-15 lb.


This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:

Point Reyes Station, California
Santa Barbara, California
Minneapolis, Minnesota
Los Alamos, New Mexico
Granville, New York
Painesville, Ohio
San Antonio, Texas
Waller, Washington

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