Squash (Winter) Uchiki Kuri Seeds
A Best Buy variety as recommended by the Gardening Press and Consumer Groups.
Recommended by Charles Dowdin in BBC Gardeners World Magazine
(January 2015 edition):
“This winter squash trial but is not too extensive, ripens early and stores well. The fruit have firm, orange flesh and a sweet flavour similar to butternut – but is easier to grow.”
Also recommended by Judith Conroy
Planting & Harvesting
Sow & Grow
Sow indoors, March-May for surest results, 1.5cm (½") deep, on edge, in small pots of compost. Water well and place in a warm position. A temperature of 15-20°C (60-68°F) is ideal. Keep moist. Seedlings usually appear in 7-14 days. Gradually accustom plants to outside conditions (avoid frosts), before planting out, May-June, 90cm (3') apart, into well-drained, fertile soil, when frosts are over. Or, sow outdoors, during May for ease, where they are to crop, 1.5cm (½") deep, directly into finely-prepared, well-drained, fertile soil, which has already been watered. Allow 90cm (3') between sowing positions. Sow two seeds on edge per position. Early sowings benefit from cloche protection. Thin to leave the stronger plant. Water well until plants are established. Harvest: September-October.
Hint's & Tips
Harvested fruits can be stored in a dry, frost-free location for 2 to 3 months. In Japan, it is traditionally eaten braised in stock as a winter vegetable.