Growing The Choko Plant - How To Grow Your Own Chokos (Chayote)

Chokos growing abundantly on the pergola
Chokos growing abundantly on the pergola | Source

Chokos are very prolific and easy to grow in home gardens. First, you will need to buy a choko if you want to grow one. Select a healthy looking choko that is smooth and free of blemishes, dents or cuts. As a guide, a fresh choko is hard and green in colour, a rotten one will be soft and brown.

Do not plant the choko immediately but leave it in a dark place, like at the back of a closet with some ventilation or under the kitchen sink, until it sprouts.

When it has sprouted to about 7cm, bring it outside after the last frosts and find a sunny location. Dig a hole where the choko is to be planted. Add some organic fertilizer or manure to the soil. Place the choko in the soil with the sprout sticking above the soil. Do not cover the sprouting bit. Give it a good watering and leave it to grow. Remember to water it when the soil looks dry.

The choko plant will need space to grow and support to climb onto, like along fences, trellises, pergolas or up a tree. Some of the vines will start to spread everywhere, including going over the fence to your neighbour's garden. You might want to train some of the vines and secure them to the fence or trellis to keep the vines under control.

Flowers will start to appear in summer and fruits will form. By autumn, the fruits should be big enough to harvest. One choko plant is enough for the backyard because one choko plant can produce several hundred fruits during the growing season. After the fruiting season, cut back the choko vines to four or five short vines to grow for the next season.

Time To Harvest The Chokos
Time To Harvest The Chokos | Source

Chokos are best picked when they are young because they are more tender and can be eaten with their skin on. The skin of the chokos tends to toughen as the fruits grow bigger. The skin releases sap when it is peeled and this sap makes the chokos rather slippery to handle. In addition, when the sap sticks to the fingers, it is annoying and rather difficult to wash off.

Chokos can be eaten boiled, stir fried, baked, steamed and pickled.

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natures47friend 4 years ago from Sunny Art Deco Napier, New Zealand.

Chokos. I remember first trying them when I was in Ozzie and liked them. I seemed to be the only one who did, apparently!

I did not know that they grew on a vine. Thank you for this informative hub. Voted up!


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lady rain 4 years ago from Australia Author

natures47friend, chokos are bland in taste but they make great dishes when cooked with the right ingredients. You can check out my stir fry choko recipe by following the link mentioned on this hub. Thank you for stopping by to leave a comment. Cheers!


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liesl5858 3 years ago from United Kingdom

It's good to see chokos again on your hub lady rain, I love this veg, we call it sayote in the Philippines. It is used in stews and casseroles, very tasty when used with chicken stew and beef stews.


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lady rain 3 years ago from Australia Author

liesl5858, yum.. I like stews with chokos in lots of gravy!

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