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Chayote

Chayote Stat Summary

Plant Spacing: 120" (3048 mm)
Row Spacing: 120" (3048 mm)
Planting Depth: 4-6" (101-152 mm)
Plants Per Person: 1
Soil Temperature: 65-80°F (18-27°C)
Days to Emergence:
Recommended Soil PH: 6.0-6.8
Earliest Outdoor Planting: After Last Frost
Tick Can direct seed outdoors

Planting Chayote

Plant the whole fruit 3 to 4 weeks after the last average frost date in spring when the weather has warmed. Plant chayote in full sun in soil that is loose, well-drained but moisture retentive and rich in organic matter; it prefers a soil pH of 6.0 to 6.8. Set the whole chayote fruit about 4 to 6 inches deep, fat end down and at an angle so the stem end is just level with the soil surface. Space fruit plantings about 10 feet apart.

Growing Chayote

Chayote is a vigorous climbing vine that requires a sturdy trellis for support. Water even and regularly; do not let the soil dry out. Side dress chayote with aged compost at mid-season.

Harvesting and Storing Chayote

Chayote will be ready for harvest when the fruit is tender and about 4 to 6 inches in diameter, usually 120 to 150 days after planting. Cut chayote from the vine with a knife or hand-pruner. Harvest chayote before the flesh gets hard. Chayote will keep in the refrigerator up to 1 week. Diced chayote can be frozen or canned for up to 1 year.

Chayote Insect and Disease Information

Aphids may attack chayote vines. Hand-pick or hose them off with a strong blast of water. Chayote has no serious disease problems.

Chayote Yield Information

1 or 2 chayote vines are probably adequate for a family of 4.
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