Growing Choko/Chayote, also Chayote squash, christophene, chouchou, mirliton

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07 Jan 12 Keith (Australia - sub-tropical climate)
I have'nt grown choko's since childhood. However my dad kept the choko's in a cool dark place untill the shoot was about 300ml in length then he would plant them with the tip of the shoot just out of the ground. He would cover the shoot with a hessian bag untill the plant was strong enough to stand on it's against the weather. In addition he would plant two choko's about 200 to 300 ml apart. He would never water the root system when the plant was in leaf and he would never let the plant grow to the extent that it took over the whole side fence. He said that if the vine became massive, the size of the fruit would be reduced . happy gardening. ps: due to economic reasons I will be growing again for personal use.
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