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Buttercup Squash, Winter Squash 'Uchiki Kuri'

Cucurbita maxima

Family: Cucurbitaceae (koo-ker-bih-TAY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Cucurbita (koo-KER-bih-ta) (Info)
Species: maxima (MAKS-ih-muh) (Info)
Cultivar: Uchiki Kuri
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Type:

Buttercup (winter)

Height:

18-24 in. (45-60 cm)

Spacing:

10-12 ft. (3-3.6 m)

Days to Maturity:

91 to 100 days

Mature Skin Color:

Orange

Size:

2 to 3 pounds (1 to 2 kg)

Habit:

Vining

Disease Resistance:

Unknown - Tell us

Seed Type:

Open Pollinated

Other details:

Unknown - Tell us

Soil pH requirements:

6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)

Propagation Methods:

From seed; sow indoors before last frost

From seed; direct sow after last frost

Seed Collecting:

Remove fleshy coating on seeds before storing

Allow unblemished fruit to ripen; clean and dry seeds

Properly cleaned, seed can be successfully stored

Foliage Color:

Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Characteristics:

This plant is attractive to bees, butterflies and/or birds

Water Requirements:

Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Where to Grow:

Unknown - Tell us

Regional

This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:

Pensacola, Florida

Flossmoor, Illinois

Benton, Kentucky

Portland, Oregon

Gardeners' Notes:

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Positive

On Oct 2, 2009, linda2057 from Flossmoor, IL wrote:

Kuris are the most delicious squash I've ever tasted, and nearly impossible to find at grocers or farmers' markets in our area. Their dark orange, nutty, creamy, sweet flesh is delicious roasted, steamed, boiled, in soups, and substituted in any recipe calling for pumpkin or winter squash.

In my part-sun garden they grow to the average size of 2-3 pounds. In my mom's large, full-sun garden they are very prolific. This year she had dozens of them, and more than a few were upwards of 9 pounds each.

Positive

On Apr 16, 2004, melody from Benton, KY (Zone 7a) wrote:

These were productive and very tasty. The flesh was moist and baked well. I had a bumper crop of these and they kept well for several months. I'm not sure just how long they will keep because we ate them before we could find out.

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