Red Kuri Winter Squash Seeds

Organic, Heirloom

This packet sows up to 2 mounds.
4 out of 5 stars
(8 reviews)
Availability: In Stock
Once you try these teardrop-shaped 3-4 pound fruits, they'll become an essential part of your fall and winter cooking. Kuri is Japanese for chestnut, a tribute to its nutty flavor. Also known as 'Orange Hokkaido', its smooth consistency and deep color make it a favorite for any traditional squash or pumpkin dish, although it's terrific simply sliced, steamed, or baked. Compact 4'-6' vines produce well even in cool or short-season climates.
$2.99 1.5 grams (~5 seeds)

Botanical Name: Cucurbita maxima

Days to Maturity: 95 days

Family: Cucurbitaceae

Native: Argentina and Uruguay

Hardiness: Frost-sensitive annual

Plant Dimensions: 4'–6' long vines

Variety Information: 3–4 pound, teardrop-shaped, reddish-orange fruits; 2-3 fruits per plant. Other names include 'Baby Red Hubbard', 'Orange Hokkaido', and 'Uchiki Kuri'.

When to Sow Outside: RECOMMENDED. 1 to 2 weeks after your average last frost date, and when soil temperature is 70°–85°F.

When to Start Inside: Not recommended except in very short growing seasons, 2 to 4 weeks before your average last frost date. Roots sensitive to disturbance; sow in 4" biodegradable pots that can be planted directly into the ground. Transplant when soil temperature is at least 60°F.

Days to Emerge: 5–10 days

Seed Depth: 1"

Seed Spacing: 2–3 seeds per mound

Row Spacing: 4'–6'

Thinning: When 3" leaves, thin to 1–2 per mound

Harvesting: Harvest when the squash's rind is hard enough that you can't dent it with your fingernail and before first frost. Cut stem, (don't break it off) leaving 2" of stem attached, which keeps the squash whole, leaving no opening for infection. Though fruits are hard and may seem indestructible, treat them gently; bruising can spoil squash.

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Red Kuri Winter Squash Seeds Reviews

8 reviews

Red Kuri

4 out of 5 stars Sep 18, 2020
Quickest to bloom and set of the four kinds of winter squash I direct seeded this year. Eye-catching fruit color and their size is endearing to first viewers. Very fragrant blossoms at night - at least I think it was them! Haven't eaten yet so can't give the 5 stars.
Simrat Kaur Annski Williams from OR

Not prolific, but very tasty

4 out of 5 stars Jan 5, 2021
I ended up with 3 squash from 2 plants, but I think I can optimize water, spacing, and pollination this next year. We have used them for a delicious red kuri and lentil curry. Fun to grow. Perfect size. Highly recommend.
Lauren from CO

red kuri squash

3 out of 5 stars Jan 16, 2021
i didn't get any plants but maybe our growing season was to wet
trina l gebhart from PA
Owner Response: Hi Trina, Warm soil and good drainage are key to good squash germination. If your area tends to have wet springs you can sow in mounds which help with drainage and also warm up more quickly than the surrounding soil. Rest assured our seeds are tested regularly by a third-party laboratory to ensure germination rates exceed federal and our own standards. We sure hope you will trying this delicious squash again. Happy gardening!

Dark Dino Starts Were Surprising

5 out of 5 stars Jul 22, 2021
I planted 10 seeds in some amazing starter soil and 4 of them not only bloomed 3 in + leaves within a week one of them is an inch taller than the rest. Gorgeous starts. So far so good.
Stephanie from VA

Great producing!

5 out of 5 stars Oct 27, 2021
I planted 4 plants and had such an abundant crop. Gave to all of our friends with plenty left for us. Delicious! Has become my favorite winter squash. I hope I get another good crop next season. Thank you.
Linda from CO


5 out of 5 stars Nov 30, 2021
First year that I planted these. The flavor was excellent. There vines can be a challenge to manage but I simply cut them after 3 fruits on a vines which helped.
Teresa from MA

The Best Winter Squash!

5 out of 5 stars Jan 6, 2022
This squash has the best flavor! Our daughter who lives in IL planted 1 mound and it produced profusely.
Gayle from TX

Only two seeds

1 out of 5 stars Feb 5, 2022
Just picked up a packet from my local garden center and planted these in starter peat pots. I wrote out a pant tags for four pots, thinking there would be at least enough seed for four, given the "2-3 mounds" copy on the package. Lo and behold, a grand total of two seeds in the entire packet. Seems pretty stingy!
Mike from TX
Owner Response: Hi Mike, We are sorry your packet was short. We do guarantee our products and a customer service agent will be contacting you by email to help.

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