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Pumpkin, Rouge Vif d'Etampes

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HEIRLOOM. This stunning scarlet pumpkin is what the artist who drew Cinderella's coach used as a model.

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We introduced this pumpkin to America in 1883, but it had long been popular in France. It was used as the model for Cinderella's coach. The fruits are slightly flattened, heavily ribbed and make wonderful autumn displays.
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Days To Maturity The average number of days from when the plant is actively growing in the garden to the expected time of harvest.

110 days

Fruit Weight The average weight of the fruit produced by this product.

10-30 pounds

Sun The amount of sunlight this product needs daily in order to perform well in the garden. Full sun means 6 hours of direct sun per day; partial sun means 2-4 hours of direct sun per day; shade means little or no direct sun.

Full Sun

Spread The width of the plant at maturity.

72 inches

Height The typical height of this product at maturity.

12-18 inches

Sow Method This refers to whether the seed should be sown early indoors and the seedlings transplanted outside later, or if the seed should be sown directly in the garden at the recommended planting time.

Direct Sow

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    Start Indoors Start Indoors Starting seeds indoors is called Indoor Sow or Indirect Sow and these dates are when to sow seeds indoors in the spring or summer
    Transplant Transplant When to transplant bulbs or roots in the garden for spring
    Start Outdoors Start Outdoors Starting seeds outdoors is called Outdoor Sow or Direct Sow and these dates are when to sow seeds outdoors in the spring or summer
    Start Indoors Fall Start Indoors Fall Starting seeds indoors in the fall called Indoor Sow or Indirect Sow and these dates are when to sow seeds outdoors in the fall
    Transplant Fall Transplant Fall Transplant Fall-When to transplant bulbs or roots in the garden for fall
    Start Outdoors Fall Start Outdoors Fall Starting seeds outdoors in the fall is called Outdoor Sow or Direct Sow and these dates are when to sow seeds outdoors in the fall
    First Date: May-16 - Last Date: Jun-13

How to Sow

  • Sow in fertile, warm soil after danger of frost has passed.
  • Sow seeds directly in the garden.
  • Give large-fruited pumpkins plenty of room to ramble.
  • For improved drainage sow in mounds, or hills, of soil 12 inches in diameter, 6-8 inches tall.
  • Sow 4-6 seeds in groups about 3 inches apart. Each group should be about 4-6 feet apart. Cover with 1 inch of fine soil and firm lightly.
  • Keep evenly moist.
  • Seedlings emerge in 7-14 days.
  • Do not plant pumpkins and other squash family crops in the same spot 2 years in a row.

How to Grow

  • Thin seedlings to 2-3 per group when they are 1-2 inches high
  • Keep weeds under control during the growing season. Weeds compete with plants for water, space and nutrients, so control them by either cultivating often or use a mulch to prevent their seeds from germinating. 
  • Keep plants well-watered during the growing season, especially during dry spells. Plants need about 1-2 inches of rain per week during the growing season. Use a rain gauge to check to see if you need to add water. It's best to water with a drip or trickle system that delivers water at low pressure at the soil level. If you water with overhead sprinklers, water early in the day so the foliage has time to dry off before evening, to minimize disease problems. Keep the soil moist but not saturated.
  • Pumpkins have both male and female flowers on the same plant. Male flowers will open first and the female flowers will open later. The female flower has a miniature fruit behind the blossom.
  • Do not move or step on vines as they are quite fragile.
  • Monitor for pests and diseases. Check with your local Cooperative Extension Service for pest controls recommended for your area.
  • If you are trying to grow extra-large pumpkins, allow only one fruit per plant to mature.
  • Beds of vigorous, sprawling pumpkin vines can be bordered by corn, towering pole beans, sunflowers and other trellised or vine vegetables.

Harvest & Preserving

  • Pumpkins are ready to harvest when the rinds are hard and a rich shade of orange or white depending on the variety.
  • If a light frost kills the vines, the pumpkins are ready to harvest. Pumpkins are damaged by heavy frost.
  • Cut pumpkins from the vine with a pruning shears, leaving about 3 inches of stem attached.
  • Allow the pumpkins to cure in the sun for a week to harden skin.
  • Store pumpkins in a cool dry place.
  • Roast the seeds for a tasty snack.
Days To Maturity
110 days
Fruit Weight
10-30 pounds
Full Sun
72 inches
12-18 inches
Sow Method
Direct Sow
Planting Time
Sow Time
After Last Frost
6 feet
Life Cycle
Pumpkin, Rouge Vif d'Etampes is rated 5.0 out of 5 by 10.
Rated 5 out of 5 by from These were very healthy plants & great pumpkins. We grew these and Sugar Pie pumpkins last summer. These were the largest & healthiest plants, the pumpkins look really cool for Halloween deco & they taste fantastic! We cut some up, baked the pieces & they made better pies than the Sugar Pies!! We baked & froze some for cooking with later in the year also. Probably around 95%+ germination.
Date published: 2017-01-31
Rated 5 out of 5 by from What a great looking variety.... I purchased other varieties as well and I'm like a kid in a candy story checking on them almost daily. All of Burpee's products are of great quality and I've been using them for years.
Date published: 2016-09-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Cinderella has best flavour I've grown Rouge Vif D'Estamps and other heritage pumpkins for years. I read your description which prompted me to read the reviews. Quite amazed that NO ONE mentioned its fabulous flavour! Of all the pumpkins, this is the only cultivar that tops the flavour for pies, soups AND baking as roast veggie or oven-baked soup tureen. Even Broye Galeux can't top it for flavour as far as I'm concerned, despite that cultivar's reputation in French cuisine. Broye is not good for roasting, and really makes an underwhelming pie filling, but is good for delicate sauces, and soups when you need a neutral filler/thickener, as well as for baby food and blender drinks, or to add to jams as an extender. The Cinderella is early -- very important on the West Coast where we lose the really hot sun by early September. Cinderella has a small cavity, so is very heavy for its size, keeps well into early spring when cured correctly, and the seeds are plump and great for roasting. If I could grow only one pumpkin, it would be Vif D'Estamps, the Cinderella.
Date published: 2015-10-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great and Beautiful This pumpkin always grows the best without any disease issues! The pumpkin is very pretty in color.
Date published: 2014-08-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Gorgeous Heirloom Pumpkin! I planted these pumpkins to be used as decorations for my daughter's outdoor September wedding. I got a bit of a late start so I started them in 10" pots. They germinated quickly. Prolific yield of large, beautiful, dark reddish color pumkins! Nicely flattened in shape. No insect or disease problems at all! Tons of compliments on them from the wedding guests...who got to take them home :)
Date published: 2012-12-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Strong and Hearty Growers Just about all of the seeds germinated from this packet. No problems with bug infestation at this point-although I have had to pick off a couple of caterpillars. Fast growing vines. Very strong and hearty. These are just starting to get buds on them, so I do not know how the fruit set and growth will be. It is the south after all. I planted these in Jiffy pots and transplanted them when they were 6 weeks old. I had no problems and they took off after transplant. They have tolerated the dry, sunny and extremely wet weather we have here in South Florida.
Date published: 2012-05-09
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Beautiful fast growers It is a joy to watch these plants grow. My daughters and I started them indoors early May and now we have about three pumpkins starting! Every day we go outside and check on there growth and measure the pumpkins!
Date published: 2011-07-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Choice I grew these last season and had amazing production. The pumpkins were beautiful and tasted great for cooking. We had a cool summer last year and these outperformed everything. The only problem I encountered was that they overtook the inside of the garden and even spread well beyond the fence. These guys need a lot of space if you're growing more than a few plants.
Date published: 2010-03-26
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