A picture of a Chayote

Chayote

Sicyos edulis

Also known as

Mirliton Squash, Vegetable Pear, Mirliton, Choko, Custard Marrow, Christophine, Chow chow

Sechium edule flower and fruit 2 by B.navez (CC BY-SA 3.0)

Full Sun
Moderate care
Moderate watering
Half-hardy

H3

RHS hardiness

-5°C

Minimum temperature

Expected size

Height
Spread

1m

Max

3m

50cm

Min

1m

6 months to reach maturity

Flowering

  • spring
  • summer
  • autumn
  • winter

This plant has a mild fragrance

More images of Chayote

Sechium edule flower and fruit 2
Chayote from Kattappana, Kerala

Chayote Overview

Sicyos edulis is an edible gourd

Common problems with Chayote

How to harvest Chayote

Fruit can be harvested when the fruit stalk begins to change colour. Cut each fruit away with as much stalk as possible remaining on the fruit. This will help to slow down the deterioration of the fruit. Fruits can be stored in a cool and dark place for up to 6 months.

How to propagate Chayote

Seed

Collected fruit can be encouraged to develop new buds by being kept in damp and dark conditions. When these shoots have reached 20cm they can be planted out.

Cuttings

Shoots around 30cm long with 2 leaves can be taken, dipped into hormone growth powder before being inserted into damp compost.

Special features of Chayote

Attractive flowers

This plants pale yellow male flowers are produced in short spikes that open from the lower buds first, while the female green flowers are produced singularly.

Attractive fruits

These pear shaped potato sized fruit are green in colour with a wrinkled skin.

Crop rotation

Other uses of Chayote

Culinary, ornamental, vegetable, food

Edible

While primarily grown for its fruit, this plants leaves and shoots can be added to salads and stir fries.