Chayote is a climbing plant that can be rise as high as 12 meters. Its leaves are heart-shape,
10-25 cm wide and with tendrils on the stem. The flowers are cream-colored or somewhat
green that come out beneath a leaf or branch. If the plant is male, the flower are in cluster; if
female, the flowers come singly. The fruit, light green, is elongated with one end narrower
than the other, with deep ridges lengthwise.
The young leaves are eaten as vegetables ( as salad ) the roots grow like yam (ubi) and also
edible, cooked as sweet or fried like camote.
If the harvested of Chayote is abundant, it is cheaper to use it as food for pigs than the usual
Chayote likes a cool climate with rains that are even during the year. It grows well in loose soil
with fertilizer and likes rich volcanic soil.
1. Plant the matured fruit. This is allowed to germinate, first in a nursery. Upon reaching about
30 cm, it can now be transferred to the field.
2. Make holes about 30 cm wide and 3-5 meters apart from one another. Mix soil with
compost and put it back into the hole.
3. One to three seedling can be planted in each hole. Cover with soil. Always clear the
surrounding of weeds- until about 2 meters away from the plants.
When the plant spreads and fill the trellises, the growth of weeds will be controlled.
4. Put trellises on every plant when these are about 30 cm high. Compost is the best fertilizer,
but at 7-8 weeks, apply complete fertilizer before and after every rain.
If the Chayote planted for its fruits, don’t prune the plant to get shoots; allow the big vine to
spread so as to get the most sunshine and dew.
But if the purpose is for shoots only, the plant gets pruned while the young leaves are
1. Manually pick the fruits when the desired size is reached.
2. Place the container of the harvested Chayote in shade to keep them fresh for a longer time.
PEST AND DISEASES
Chayote is not beset with enemies or diseases like other plants. All it needs is care from
weeds and adequate watering.
from: Agribusiness (DA) 1991