Lance Hill wrote:It is unlikely that you will get the chayote sold as produce to flower and fruit. The USDA tried that over a century ago in Florida and concluded that high-altitude varieties don't grow well at or about sea level. All chayote that you find in grocery stores and markets in the U.S. are imported and most are high altitude varieties. They all will sprout and send up a vine but fail to flower and fruit. They also may introduce new chayote diseases.
Joylynn Hardesty wrote:Then I happened on it at, of all places, Walmart. Who knew? I got all kinds of excited! Yay, perennial food! ... I set them aside, in my refrigerator. A week passes, I need more room in the refrigerator, so I pulled them out and put them up on top, they are supposed to keep okay for a while. This was about mid-February. Fast forward 2 weeks…
Ooooh! Look! Roots!
Dan Boone wrote:
I'm excited to see what they will do this year. Don't actually care very much if they fruit, I just wanna see.
Su's comment got me thinking to check other squash greens on the web and sure enough I quickly found this short entry: https://ourpermaculturelife.com/7-ways-eat-zucchini-greens/
Su Ba wrote:Many folks in my area grow these not for the fruits, but for the growing tips. So if northern gardeners are successful in getting their plants to survive and thrive, they could test taste the tips as a green vegetable.
Two things - 1) will the shade line change as we move towards the summer solstice by enough?
Joylynn Hardesty wrote:I planted them at what I thought was just outside of the edge of shade of a tulip poplar before leaf out. Nope. They are in the shade.
I live within seriously tall trees - Doug Fir and 100ft cedars. I'm *always* limited by sunshine, so I am always looking at where the sun will be when and how to maximize its yield. I figured it was worth suggesting you think about that aspect, and I'm glad to save you time and effort!
Joylynn Hardesty wrote:Thanks, Jay, I checked them again. This morning I witnessed sunbeams kissing my babies! Yes, the sun does have further to travel, they will get sun for the needed 6 hours in a few weeks. I think one branch coming down will do it. Good idea. It's not as bad as I imagined. They will stay where they are. Yay! less work!
Tereza wrote:the past few years have been very dry
Burra Maluca wrote:Can anyone advise on their water requirements?
Tanja Eskildsen wrote:I’m growing a few types of chayotes, green and white, and I was wondering about the breeding potential of them. Do you know if they are self-pollinating or out-crossing?
In my climate they produce in spring, take a rest until october and start producing again.
But it would be amazing if they could be bread for daylight neutrality.