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Chayote or Sayote Growing

By Pinoy Farmer | April 18, 2008
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Chayote is a climbing plant that can rise as high as 12 meters. Its leaves are heart-shaped, 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 flowers are in cluster; if female, the flowers come singly.
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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 are also edible when cooked as sweets or fried like camote. If the harvest of chayote is abundant, it is cheaper to use it as food for pigs than the usual commercial feed. 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.

Planting

  1. Plant the matured fruit. This is allowed to germinate, first in a nurery. 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 the soil with compost and put it back into the hole.
  3. One to three seedlings can be planted in each hole. Cover with soil. Always clear the surroundings 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.

Harvesting

If the chayote plant is planted for its fruits, do not 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 gathered.

  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.

Pests and Diseases

Chayote is not beset with enemies of diseases like other plants. All it needs is care from weeds and adequate watering.

source: http://www.elgu2.ncc.gov.ph

Topics: Crops & Vegetables, Farming Methods | 4 Comments »

4 Responses to “Chayote or Sayote Growing”

  1. Josie Says:
    September 17th, 2008 at 9:25 am

    Is the Chayote a tree?

  2. pinoyfarmer Says:
    September 17th, 2008 at 10:38 am

    Hi Josei, a chayote is a vine. I have uploaded a new picture above of the plant.

  3. mls25 Says:
    November 20th, 2008 at 11:18 am

    you dont know sayote??? funny. as in funny. i cant believe what you are asking!!! pinoyfarmer is right. it is a vine. darn… enggg…..!!!!

  4. reynold Says:
    July 1st, 2009 at 11:42 am

    sayote is a vine. actually its can live for more than 4 years. base on my experience, if the sayote vine dies, there is a new vines that will grow. maybe, the life span of the sayote plant depends also on the climatic factor and the way you take good care of the plant.

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