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Posted 09 November 2007 - 03:06 PM

I'm interested in growing the chayote (also known as choko or 佛手瓜 ).

Has anyone grown the chayote before?
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Posted 09 November 2007 - 03:43 PM

Hi there,

You can try growing this for its tender leaf tips as a leafy vegetable.

What you can do is to buy the fruit and wrap it in some newspaper. The seedwill sprout from the "cleft" located at the base of the fruit.

This plant needs to have cool nights below 25 deg C to produce fruits. Under our local, rather uniform day/night temperatures, the plant does not really set fruits.

Hope that helps.

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Posted 09 November 2007 - 06:54 PM

Wilson, thanks for the info.


I didn't know it's difficult to get the fruit to set in our weather. I guess I just have to settle for the 龙须菜.
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Posted 09 November 2007 - 11:11 PM

View PostWisteria, on Nov 9 2007, 06:54 PM, said:

Wilson, thanks for the info.
I didn't know it's difficult to get the fruit to set in our weather. I guess I just have to settle for the 龙须菜.


Hi Wisteria,

Yup, the young shoots can be harvested to get what the Chinese call as "龙须菜". Not many people know that the vegetable actually came from the chayote.

The vine should grow quite vigorously under our climate. If your plant do fruit, do let us know!

Wilson
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Posted 10 November 2007 - 12:36 AM

what is the hanyu pinyin of 龙须菜? NTUC sells the leaves?
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Posted 10 November 2007 - 09:11 AM

View Postprana, on Nov 10 2007, 12:36 AM, said:

what is the hanyu pinyin of 龙须菜? NTUC sells the leaves?


Hi Prana,

I havent seen it on sale in Singapore before. It is much of a delicacy in places like Taiwan and China.

Here's a pic off the Internet of how it looks like:

http://www.china-asean.gov.cn/internal/app...6/369402206.jpg

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Posted 11 November 2007 - 09:12 AM

View Postprana, on Nov 10 2007, 12:36 AM, said:

what is the hanyu pinyin of 龙须菜? NTUC sells the leaves?


long xu cai (loong shee.. chye-without the h sound) dragon beard
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Posted 12 November 2007 - 09:08 PM

Day 7: the base of my chayote has cracked open a little, exposing the seed and a tiny root of 5mm.
The fruit surface is not a pretty sight --> brown spots have started to appear.

I read from the internet that it may take more than a month for the chayote to begin to sprout. I think I better buy another one in case the current one starts to rot before it can sprout successfully. 龙须菜 is reported to be even more nutritious than the fruit.

Meanwhile, I'm also planting the smooth luffa, baby bittergourd and pumpkin.
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Posted 12 November 2007 - 10:02 PM

Hi Wisteria,

Glad to know that there is someone like you on this forum who is into the growing of vegetables!

It is normal for the chayote to start to develop brown spots as the seed starts to germinate. In time to come, once you set it into the ground, you will notice the fruit starting to "deflate" and collapse.

Keep us updated on your progress. Do post pictures to show us too!

wilson :)/>
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Posted 14 November 2007 - 09:55 PM

Hi Wilson

The base of the chayote has now turned mouldy and black. It seems to rot very fast and is attracting fruit flies.
Should I just use a knife to slice off the mouldy portion or should I just throw the fruit away?
I'm worried the mould would make the seed and eventually the new shoot toxic.
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Posted 15 November 2007 - 11:23 AM

Wilson, thanks for your pm.

After 10 days of storage, the chayote is over-ripe now. Despite slicing the mouldy portion, the mould returns again quickly. Even the seed is affected --> looks like gone case!

I'm going to do a little experiment by placing the fruit in a pot of soil. As the seed obtains moisture from the fruit itself, no watering is required. If it rots in the soil, I will just treat it as compost for my dragon fruit.
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Posted 22 March 2008 - 08:56 AM

Growing Chayote : Experiment #2

2/2/08 - The chayote was wrapped in newspaper & put aside.
7/2/08 - It began to sprout.
16/2/08 - The 3cm new shoot stopped growing as the fruit was rotting rapidly.
28/2/08 - I removed the chayote seed from the deflated & rotten fruit and placed it in a pot of soil.
I wanted to find out if the"half-dead" 3cm shoot would continue to grow.
22/3/08 - The seedling is ready for transplant to the ground.


http://i250.photobucket.com/albums/gg262/amazon-blue/Chayote.jpg
The chayote seedling with Caladium bicolor .

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Posted 22 March 2008 - 10:10 AM

Hi Wisteria,

Congrats! I am very happy for you that the chayote finally grew for you. Looks like a happy young plant sitting nicely in the company of colourful caladiums.

How did the caladiums come about? ;)/>

Keep us updated of your progress.

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Posted 22 March 2008 - 10:38 AM

Hi Wilson

The Caladium bicolor in the pot dried up a few months ago. This pot of soil was just sitting there devoid of plants, so I just placed the chayote seed there. The rainy season recently resulted in the Caladium bicolor springing to life again from whatever roots that remained & lay dormant in the soil. I'm really glad that the chayote seedling manage to survive. It was really in a bad state a few weeks ago. I almost gave up on growing the chayote.
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Posted 22 March 2008 - 11:25 AM

congratz wisteria!! soon u will have chayote shoots to eat

a few days ago i came across this chayote in a supermarket that has sprouting roots and shoot. Got it back home to try it out since i remembered reading this thread. Should i plant it out? Or wait awhile? The shoot is abt 4cm long

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Posted 22 March 2008 - 04:36 PM

Hi prana

Let the new shoot grow till at least 15cm before you plant it in the ground (with the fruit still attached if possible).

For my case, the chayote turned black & mouldy so quickly that Experiment #1 failed and Experiment #2 nearly failed.
I extracted the seed from the fruit as a last resort and gave the shrunken seed a last chance. I was actually very surprised when new leaves started to form.
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Posted 10 April 2008 - 10:47 AM

Hi wisteria...

My chayote now:

http://i17.photobucket.com/albums/b79/pestanah/My%20ulam%20project/DSC02002.jpg

Got this fruit from Giant. Was window shopping in the produce section till i cam across thsi chayote which had shoot and roots coming out from the bottom. I placed the fruit in the kitchen but it didnt like it coz it was rather dim there. I could see mold growing on the roots. So i placed it in my corridor and it seemed happier :D/> :D/> . Then next few days later, i just lay the fruit on top of the soil in the pot above and it started to kick off. It grew quite fast. Within one night. the roots were already in the soil. Notice the fruit is still intact with the shoot and shrivelling up and blackening slowly. The flesh may look icky but it is not mushy like what u get on rotting fruit. I dont bother to remove the icky icky stuffs. :lol:/> :lol:/> I reasoned myself out that even if it is rotting, it would become fertiliser for the young seedling...hehehe -_-/> -_-/>

oh yeah, i have seen another variety of chayote that is dark green in colour on the internet.

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Posted 10 April 2008 - 11:48 AM

Hi prana

There's no need to remove the fruit if your seedling continues to grow well. Getting a fruit that has sprouted shoot & roots in the first place (like your case) really cuts short the waiting time. I didn't manage to find one like that for my experiments.
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Posted 12 March 2009 - 09:38 AM

Hi Wisteria & Prana
I am considering planting chayote and would like to know the outcome of your plants.
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Posted 12 March 2009 - 09:48 AM

Hi David
My chayote vine died many months ago. Not trying again after 2 unsuccessful attempts. The chayotes sold here are mainly from Cameron Highlands. My place is simply too hot for growing the chayote.
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