Chayote - Knowledgebase Question

Gillett, PA
Question by reylene
January 31, 2001
I purchased 2 choyote we never got to eat them and they have stayed in a hanging basket. Much to my delight they have sproated a vine with tendricles. I would like to continue to have it grow, in what medium should I put it for it's continued growth. (It's not in water or soil)
Hope that you have an answer for me. Thank you very much in advance.


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Answer from NGA
January 31, 2001

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upward. While the stem end is usually left slightly exposed, in colder areas of Florida growers have found that the fruit should be completely covered with soil to protect the bud from early cold damage. Plant in the early spring in all areas of Florida, and/or in the fall in South Florida.

Fertilizer should be applied in three applications, at planting time, in the middle of summer and when the fruits are small. Fertilizing at more frequent intervals might be necessary when conditions waraent. Well rotted animal manures or composted materials are beneficial.

Both male and female flowers occur on the same vine. These flowers are visited by insects, both wasps and bees, which facilitate pollination.

Chayote is served in many ways: creamed, buttered, fried, stuffed, baked, frittered, boiled, mashed, pickled, in salads, or in pies.

Following harvest the fruits may be stored in edible condition for several weeks if wrapped in newspaper and kept cool (50-55 degrees F). At room temperature, the fruit will shrivel and sprout.

upward. While the stem end is usually left slightly exposed, in colder areas of Florida growers have found that the fruit should be completely covered with soil to protect the bud from early cold damage. Plant in the early spring in all areas of Florida, and/or in the fall in South Florida.

Fertilizer should be applied in three applications, at planting time, in the middle of summer and when the fruits are small. Fertilizing at more frequent intervals might be necessary when conditions waraent. Well rotted animal manures or composted materials are beneficial.

Both male and female flowers occur on the same vine. These flowers are visited by insects, both wasps and bees, which facilitate pollination.

Chayote is served in many ways: creamed, buttered, fried, stuffed, baked, frittered, boiled, mashed, pickled, in salads, or in pies.

Following harvest the fruits may be stored in edible condition for several weeks if wrapped in newspaper and kept cool (50-55 degrees F). At room temperature, the fruit will shrivel and sprout.

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