Squash 'Uchiki Kuri' (Red Kuri)

This ornamental onion squash has great taste and texture and looks fantastic climbing up over frames. More
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The number-one squash in my family, because it has great taste and texture – waxy and sweet, tasting of chestnuts – and doesn't get too huge.

Three or four people can easily eat one of these at a sitting, not possible with some of the larger kinds. It's also hugely ornamental and looks fantastic climbing up over frames.

Please note, illustrated packets are being introduced gradually over the coming months, availability may vary.

Genus Cucurbita
Group/Species maxima
Variety Red Kuri (syn. Uchiki Kuri)
Common Name Climbing Onion Squash, Potimarron, Onion Squash, 'Uchiki Kuri'
Border Position Kitchen Garden
Soil Type Broad Tolerance
Site Full Sun
Moisture Moist but Well-drained
Height 60cm (24in)
Spacing 1.2m (4ft) - Trailing
Sowing, Seeds, Planting Sow under cover in late March. Soak the seed overnight, then sow 2.5cm vertically, one to a 9cm pot. The seeds are large and may rot off before they germinate if sown flat. Once they have 5 or 6 leaves, they're ready to go out. Harden them off by standing them outside during the day and then plant them out once the frosts are over. You can also sow them direct into the ground from April-May outside if you wait until after the frosts.
Care Tips Water well, and avoid the plant becoming dry. Mulch well, and dig in plenty of manure. Will need a frame to climb up. It is important to pinch out the triffid-like growth tips once they reach 1.8m and to keep doing so! This helps the fruit to set.
Storing Store throughout the winter in a place with good air circulation. For best results, hang in an onion bag after curing in the sun for 10 days.
Harvesting August - October, 4 months from sowing. Harvest when the skin is hard, leaving out in the sun for 10 days to ripen further.
Cooking Notes Brilliant for soups and roasted in the oven.
Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
  • Sow Under Cover/Plant Indoors
  • Direct Sow/Plant Outdoors
  • Flowers/Harvest
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Delivery

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Squash 'Uchiki Kuri' (Red Kuri) reviews

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Reviewed 20th April 2020 by Simon

Overpriced, unhelpful and rude, I won’t be using them again.

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Reviewed 3rd August 2019 by Valerie

Seeds delivered promptly good instructions, currently growing well

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Reviewed 3rd August 2019 by Alison

Haven't tried this variety before. Those I planted in the poly tunnels are monsters! They are very lush with lots of fruits. Outside, still very good growth though summer was slow to start and so growth didn't take off for a while. Still very good plants, strong growth and lots of fruit forming.

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Reviewed 2nd August 2019 by Lianne

They climbing up their frame and i have a few squash already. I like them. Will try them again, I think.

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Reviewed 31st July 2019 by Valerie

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Reviewed 31st July 2019 by Lyn

Second time I have grown these, and this year they are doing really well. Very attractive squash in the vegetable garden where they are grown up large hazel poles. Also very tasty.