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

Sechium edule : Cucurbitaceae / the gourd family

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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 15°C and 30°C. (Show °F/in)
  • Space plants: 100 cm apart
  • Harvest in 17-25 weeks. Best when fruit is light green and not more than 6 cm long.
  • Compatible with (can grow beside): Cucumbers

Your comments and tips

10 Apr 12, Chris Lopez (Australia - temperate climate)
Hi I would be interested in growing a white choko, been looking for them for ages, you wouldn't be able to send one through the mail, I will pay for freight, just email me if you can. Thanks
11 Aug 21, phillip shegog (Australia - temperate climate)
The only white choko I`ve seen was some years ago,growing in an old lady`s garden,,in St.Marys in western Sydney.
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!!
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I have a choko that is starting to shoot. Can I plant this now in Dubbo.

- Carol

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