6 months to reach maturity
This plant has a mild fragrance
More images of Chayote
Sicyos edulis is an edible gourd
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
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.
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
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.
These pear shaped potato sized fruit are green in colour with a wrinkled skin.
Other uses of Chayote
Culinary, ornamental, vegetable, food
While primarily grown for its fruit, this plants leaves and shoots can be added to salads and stir fries.