If you are growing Uchiki Kuri squash for the first time, or even just pondering whether to grow it or not then one important question will be how productive is it? In other words, how many Uchiki Kuri squash do you get per plant?
Well as someone who has grown Uchiki Kuri before, in fact, it is now a staple on my allotment, I can answer that for you, a lot!
Each plant I grow usually has between 10-12 squash come off it by the time the season is done in mid to late autumn.
There is more than one plant in the above photo obviously but you can already get a good idea of how many squashes these plants produce.
And that is just looking at the ones you can see, there are also lots hiding in the leaves that are not visible in this photo.
How To Get The Maximum Number Of Squash?
The most important thing for us growers in the UK is to start early, we have a short season for more exotic plants like Uchiki Kuri so the best thing you can do is start the plants early.
I like to start mine indoors in march, and when I say indoors I mean inside my house on a windowsill. Unless you have a heated greenhouse it will still be too cold at this time of year for them even in a protected spot like that.
After they have germinated and started to grow I will move them into the greenhouse when the weather starts improving in April/May.
If you were going to sow these squash straight into the soil then you would be sowing around may, this is far too late for where I am in the world. The plants just wouldn’t have enough time to produce lots of squashes before the first frosts of autumn started to arrive and kill them off.
When growing inside/under cover it is important to keep potting the plants on when they start to outgrow their current pots. This will prevent them from becoming “pot bound” which really hinders growth if it does happen.
You also don’t want to move them out into the garden until the nighttime temperatures in your area have started to warm up. A really cold night will stunt the growth of most squashes and Uchiki Kuri is no exception.
My plants normally move from the greenhouse to their final spot in June, but this may be a little early or indeed a little late for you depending on your whereabouts in the country.
All squashes are hungry plants and like really fertile soil, they will always benefit from an occasional feed, I just use this multi-purpose organic feed for them.
- All new natural formula
- Not just your average NPK liquid fertilizer
- Trialled and tested
- Soil Association Approved
- By-product of green energy
- Contains macronutrients and beneficial microbes.
- Does smell a little
If you have been paying attention to the photos above then you will notice that I have these squash growing up supports rather than letting them spread out along the floor.
This is to save space and it works really well with Uchiki Kuri because of the size of the squash. They aren’t huge pumpkins and can comfortably hang from the vine.
This makes them ideal for growing vertically. All you need is a strong support structure and then tie the plants in every now and again.
They like to climb and will use their tendrils well, but it is always worth adding a little support of your own in the form of a few ties, this just helps protect against strong winds.
If you look after your Red Kuri plants and start them early in the season then you can easily get 10-12 squashes per plant, sometimes even more!