If you love squash but want to diversify, try growing Blue Hokkaido squash plants. What is a Blue Hokkaido squash? Only one of the most prolific, multi-use winter squash varieties available, plus, it’s beautiful. Keep reading for more Blue Hokkaido info, including the growing and care of Blue Kuri (Hokkaido) squash.
What is a Blue Hokkaido Squash?
Blue Hokkaido, also referred to as Blue Kuri squash, is an open pollinated Japanese Kabocha type of squash that has a much longer shelf life than other types of Kabocha. Typical of Kabocha squash, Blue Hokkaido squash (Curcurbita maxima) has a flattened globe shape with as its name suggests, a blue-grey color.
Additional Blue Hokkaido Info
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Blue Hokkaido squash vines require plenty of room to grow and can be expected to produce 3-8 squash per plant. The average weight is between 3-5 pounds (1-2 kg.), although they may grow and weigh up to 10 pounds (4.5 kg.).
Growing Blue Hokkaido Squash
Sow seed indoors from May to June or directly into the garden in fertile, well-drained soil after all chance of frost has passed. Sow seeds to a depth of one inch (2.5 cm). Seeds will germinate in 5-10 days. Once the seedlings have two true sets of leaves, transplant them into a sunny area of the garden in rows that are 3-6 feet (1-2 m.) apart.
The squash should be ready to harvest around 90 days from planting. Allow the squash to cure for a few days in the sun before storing. This squash will store for several months, even up to a year.