Cucurbita maxima, 'French Potimarron', 'Hokkaido', ' Red Kuri', (Orange Kobacha Type) - Well known and grown extensively in France under the name 'French Potimarron', A greatly misunderstood small onion or pear drop-shaped medium-sized, fine-grained Oriental orange-red skinned, trailing type -squash believed it was brought to Hokkaido, Japan circa the 1860s-70s from South America (or possibly Cambodia). This beauty with a fabulously sweet, chestnutty taste, and waxy texture & the fruit never gets too large for easy handling. It also looks wonderful in the garden, while the skin of the teardrop-shaped fruits usually turns from bright yellow to red-orange. It's also very productive & keeps well through the winter (Kuri means 'Chestnut'), Seed Count Approx - 6 avg SOWING - Squash will not germinate in cold soil & needs a warm spot, well-drained & fertile soil with plenty of composted organic matter to conserve moisture; Planting should be delayed until the soil has warmed (can be started in a greenhouse from mid-March onward, plant out the end of Mayish), Sow directly insitu after the threat of frost has passed. Sow one inch deep in hills or rows spaced 24 to 36 in apart, Harvest just before frosts when the stems dry & turn brown.