The chayote is a pear-shaped squash which originates from Mexico. While it is native to hot climates, it can be grown nearly anywhere that has a warm summer season. Chayote grows on a vine like any other type of squash, but the process for starting this plant from seed is slightly different from most other squash. Unlike other types of squash, it cannot germinate unless the seed is still inside the actual chayote. As long as you use proper planting techniques, your chayote seeds should sprout and develop several more fruit.
Choose a spot to plant the chayote. The spot should get full sun and be near a trellis or any other similar object. Chayote vines need something to grow on, as the fruit may rot if it sits on the soil.
Lay 2 inches of compost down on the chosen planting site. Mix the compost and the top 3 inches of soil together with a tiller. Chayote needs a well-drained soil with plenty of organic matter.
Plant the entire chayote three weeks after the average date of the last frost. The chayote should be planted with the fat end facing down and the stem even with the surface of the soil.
Water the soil so it is moist. Do not let the soil dry out at any point, as this squash needs a constant supply of water to survive.
Things You Will Need
- If planting multiple chayote seeds, space them 10 feet apart.