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

Jan F M A M J J A S O N Dec
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(Best months for growing Choko/Chayote in Australia - tropical regions)

P = Plant tubers

  • 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 approximately 17 weeks. Best when fruit is light green and not more than 6cm long.
  • Compatible with (can grow beside): Cucumbers
  • Choko (cayote) on vine

Choko is only suitable for warmer climates but frequent hot nights will slow flowering. Fruit production is highest when night temperatures range from 59-68F (15-20C). Plant in a warm, unused corner of the garden. Leave the shoot sticking out of the ground and it will take off. Choko needs a long growing season, about 4 - 6 months but in that time it will spread and can be useful to cover old sheds or fences!

An average household would need one or two plants.

Leaves rather like cucumber and some prickles on the fruit. Some variation in fruit, with lighter green and few prickles depending on variety. The differences seem to be between countries eg USA, Australia, Malta.

Culinary hints - cooking and eating Choko/Chayote

Chokos can be peeled and chopped to use in stews, soup or as a stir fry vegetable.
Cooked or raw, it has a very mild flavour and is commonly served with seasonings e.g., salt, butter and pepper or in a dish with other vegetables and/or flavourings. It can also be boiled, stuffed, mashed or pickled

Your comments and tips

24 Apr 19, Beverley Prior (Australia - temperate climate)
where can I purchase some choko vines which have been potted or bagged to help me get started. I live on the east coast about 100 klms from sydney but have the room to grow a healthy vine with perhaps cucumbers. Thank You
21 May 19, Geoff (Australia - temperate climate)
Just buy a couple of chokos from the green grocer. Keep them in warm shade until they sprout then half bury them. Mine did much better in clay than sand.
19 Jan 19, Gordon (Australia - tropical climate)
Can you grow chokos in cairns
22 Jan 19, Mike Logan (Australia - sub-tropical climate)
Go to the choko page and find out.
13 Nov 18, Bill (Australia - temperate climate)
New choko plant growing well,lower leaves are good but new leaves are curling on the outer edge. Can you advise, thanks
15 Nov 18, Mike (Australia - sub-tropical climate)
A big guess - could be the hot weather. Check in the morning and see if it like this when it is cool.
22 Nov 18, Mike (Australia - sub-tropical climate)
It could be some curly leaf virus also.
14 Oct 18, Rick (Australia - sub-tropical climate)
Hi I live in Bundaberg and have a choko vine that was planted in the summer, during the winter we had so much good looking fruit we gave it away to our friends. We find our fruit is now growing deformed, we have cut back new growth to stop the vine from taking over the garden, it is very healthy, we have some ants around and what garden hasn't !! could you enlighten me as to what could be causing the deformity ?
15 Oct 18, Mike Logan (Australia - sub-tropical climate)
I live coral cove. Hard to tell without looking at it. Maybe trace element deficient, some bug, disease ???? I'd suggest you may be better pulling it out and plant another one. Probably in a different position.
08 Jul 18, Narelle (Australia - temperate climate)
I live in the mid Blue Mountains and bought a couple of chokos a week or so ago and they are beginning to sprout. It's a bit cool outside at the moment and I was thinking of planting them in a pot until it warms up a bit. Would that be okay or would it be detrimental to the vines, to replant outside? I was also under the impression that you had to plant two vines for them to fruit is this the case?
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