Squash Uchiki Kuri Seeds

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Packet of Winter Squash Squash Uchiki Kuri SeedsEach plant of Squash Uchiki Kuri forms three to five small pumpkin-like fruits of intense orange red with a golden flesh. Each fruit averages 1.5Kg and is very early to mature with superb storage characteristics.

Average Packet Contents: 10 Seeds

Winter Squash Uchiki Kuri Grow Notes
When to Sow Seeds: April - In Cell Trays. May / June - Cell Trays or Outside
Germination Temperature: 18 ℃ + Cover Seeds: Yes
Time to Germination: 7 - 10 Days Frost Hardy: No
Spacing Between Plants: 90cm Row Spacing: 90cm
Plant Height: 60cm Planting Position: Sun


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General Winter Squash Seeds Growing Tips

Seed Sowing

For an early crop, sow seeds in 7.5cm pots during April under cover. Ideally the temperature should be no less than 18 C. It can take up to 10 days for the seeds to germinate, after which you should remove the polythene covers. Keep the young plants in a warm and light environment until all danger of frost has passed. If you have a cold frame then harden them off for a week before planting out into prepared beds or containers. Otherwise, plant them out at 90cm apart and cover with cloches.

Alternatively, you can sow seeds directly into outdoor beds, growbags or large containers during May. It’s a good idea to warm the soil beforehand by covering with cloches or polythene for a few days before sowing the seeds. Sow 2 seeds per 90cm spacing and remove the weaker seedling 7-10 days after they appear.

If growing in pots, choose a size of at least 45cm diameter. If you grow 2 or more plants in a container of this size, the fruits will be smaller than if grown in open ground. If using growbags then you should restrict the number to one plant per growbag. The young plants will benefit from some shelter during their first 4 weeks so if possible, keep them covered with cloches or polythene tunnels.

Soil Preparation

If you intend to plant into open ground then ensure the soil is well prepared beforehand by incorporating plenty of organic matter during the winter or early spring. Alternatively, you can create pockets of growing medium by digging out a spade’s width and depth of soil and replacing it with a mixture of organic matter and general compost. Add a little granular fertiliser to each pocket before planting. For pots and containers the growing medium should also consist of organic matter and a general compost mix.

Planting Out

If you intend to grow your squashes over the open ground then lay down straw or a polythene sheet to protect the growing fruits from the damp soil.

General Aftercare

Keep plants well-watered by applying water around the roots. A mulch would help to preserve moisture and prevent the soil from drying out.

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Winter Squash Uchiki Kuri
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5 Reviews:

love this squash
11 April 2022  |  Catherine

this is my favourite I buy every year; I'm an amateur but find these easy to grow....amazing taste

Last man standing
09 January 2016  |  Mike

For me, Last year was terrible for squash, these were the only reliable variety which provided a good crop.

Bumper crop
11 March 2014  |  Rosanna

Tried these as new crop 2013 on recommendation of review. Were easy to grow, harvested a bumper crop and stores well - still using now. Will buy again this year.

Super squash
27 January 2014  |  Victoria

These plants grew really well and produced a huge crop of squash 1-1.5kg in weight. They have excellent flavour for soups and curry well. Thankfully they also store superbly as I grew far more than I could eat!

Much better than Butternut.
22 October 2012  |  Patrick

I have only grown Butternut squashes in previous years and have always found that success depends very much on how warm the summer is. This year (the dreadful summer of 2012) I grew 3 Butternut plants and 3 Uchiki Kuri plants resulting in no usable fruits from the Butternuts but 19 usable fruits from the Uchiki Kuri. I consider the flavour to be comparable but fruiting is obviously far more dependable in a poor summer. It is Uchiki Kuri for me from now on.