Red Kuri' (Onion Squash - Climbing)

This ornamental onion squash 'Red Kuri' 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.

Genus Cucurbita maxima
Variety Red Kuri
Type Half-Hardy Annual
Common Name Climbing Onion Squash, Potimarron, Onion Squash, 'Uchiki Kuri'
Soil Type Fertile
Site Full Sun, Shelter
Moisture Moist
Height 50-75cm (20-30in)
Spacing 90cm (36in)
Sowing, Seeds, Planting Sow under cover in late March. Soak the seed overnight, then sow 2.5cm (1in) deep vertically (to prevent rotting), one to a 9cm pot. Once they have 5 or 6 leaves, they're ready to go out. Harden them off and then plant them out once the frosts are over. You can also sow them direct into the ground outside from mid May. Once arms reach 4ft long, pinch out tips to help fruit ripen.
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.
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.
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