How to Grow a Choko Vine

Choko (Chayote) vines are easy to grow. They are suitable for frost-free gardens. The choko should be planted in winter and you will be able to get a first crop in the following autumn.


  1. 1
    Purchase a choko. Select one that is healthy, smooth, and free of blemishes or cuts.
  2. 2
    Put the choko into a bowl. Leave it until it sprouts. Once sprouted to a length of 5–7 centimeter (2.8 in), it is ready for planting in the ground.
  3. 3
    Select a suitable site for planting. It should be a place with a good amount of space to allow the choko to grow wild. It should also have suitable support, such as a fence or a garden shed.
  4. 4
    Dig over the area where the choko will be planted. Add manure or a plant fertiliser. Fix some climbing support, such as trellis or string, etc. that attaches to the fence or shed.
  5. 5
    Plant the choko. Place into the soil, with the top of the fruit and its sprout sticking just above ground level.
  6. 6
    Water well.
  7. 7
    Harvest the first crop next autumn. During the following winter, encourage the next crop by cutting the plant back to three shoots.


  • Chokos can be eaten baked, steamed and pickled, or as a chutney.

Things You'll Need

  • Choko
  • Bowl
  • Planting site
  • Manure or plant fertiliser
  • Climbing support
  • Watering can

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