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
Can direct seed outdoors
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.
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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