Is a more than 100 years old French pumpkin with deep-red-orange peel. It is popular in Southern Europe with its large, flattened spherical fruits of 5-10kg (10-20 lbs.). There it is sold in segments in the market place. D'Etampes with its firm, orange, somewhat sweet flesh is grown and used as a winter squash. A portion contains about 8 seeds.
|Scientific name:||Cucurbita maxima|
|Botanic family:||The Squash Family - Cucurbitaceae|
|Days to maturity:||110|
|Sowing time:||Pre-cultivate: April–June|
|Sowing depth:||3 cm|
|Germination time:||6–10 days|
|Plant spacing:||50–80 cm|
|Row spacing:||90–130 cm|
SowingSeed can be sown directly outdoors when the soil is thoroughly heated (min. 15°C). If the soil is cold, the seeds don't germinate, but rot. The safest way is to first plant indoors or in a hotbed. Sow about 3 cm deep in pots with 2-4 seeds in each, approx. 4 weeks before the expected planting out. Save 1-2 seedlings (in each pot) and allow them to be quite warm, bright and airy. Gradually get them used to the cooler environment outside, and plant out when the soil is warm and the danger of frost is over. Pumpkin plants have sensitive roots, so be careful when planting.
SpacingBetween plants 50-80 cm and 90-130 cm between rows. The pumpkin is a climber and can become very large. Give it ample space!
HarvestHarvest before frost harms the fruits. The pumpkin can be stored for several months. It is used in everything such as soups, casseroles, pies, desserts, marmalade and preserves.
A portion contains about 8 seeds.