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

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Not recommended for growing in USA - Zone 5a regions

  • Easy to grow. Plant whole mature fruit when one produces a shoot at one end.. Best planted at soil temperatures between 59°F and 86°F. (Show °C/cm)
  • Space plants: 39 inches apart
  • Harvest in approximately 17 weeks. Best when fruit is light green and not more than 6cm long.
  • Compatible with (can grow beside): Cucumbers

Your comments and tips

04 Feb 12, Marcus Chin (Australia - temperate climate)
Planted chokos from fruits from veges shops. Healthy growth but no fruit set over the last 3 seasons. Fertilizer (complete formulation for fruit and veg) at early shoots and pre-flowering. Planted in full sun position. Can someone please help, thanks.
01 Mar 12, Wendy (Australia - temperate climate)
My choko vine is going crazy and it has flowers but no fruit when should I be expecting the fruit to come on?
11 Apr 12, Vans (Australia - temperate climate)
It is the season for the fruits. Mine has a lot of fruits and still more to come. May be your flowers need an attraction of bees or butterflies
06 Apr 12, peter (Australia - temperate climate)
when u peel chokos, they leave a gluey green mucus on ur hands that is hard to remove. my chef father taught me this tip---- before peeling, cut the top and bottom off (much like you would cut the top off a carrot) to expose the flesh beneath, and soak in warm water for a few minutes, u can see that stuff come out from the cut. then u can peel in peace
03 May 12, (Australia - temperate climate)
Wear gloves before you peel the skin - that will solve the problem and no wasting of the flesh! :)
07 Apr 12, Ernie (Australia - temperate climate)
Which way do you lay your choko in the ground , on its side or uprite
09 Apr 12, Chris (Australia - temperate climate)
upright to sprout .. any which way when growing
09 Apr 12, (Australia - temperate climate)
Can't remember as it's been there for years. Every other year we've had normal chokos, this is the first year they have been a funny shape & also we are normally picking them this time of the year & so far we havnt had any. There's lots of babies on there but I don't know as some of the leaves are starting to go yellow!!
07 Apr 12, Jo Webster (Australia - temperate climate)
Is there special fertilizers that go on chokos as some of our fruit are growing deformed?
07 Apr 12, Bails (Australia - temperate climate)
HI every body, My new choko vine is pumping along great, but have noticed with the first crop the little ones r droping off. Any suggestions out there. Oh yea they do make a great pie yum!!!!!!! .
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I recently (June '11) bought a couple of nice chocos to plant next summer. How do I store these without them going rotten? Do they need to be stored in the dark or can they be kept in a basket in my shed?

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