WANTED: Wanted: Chayote Seeds

darthtrader(10 SoCal)August 7, 2007

I can't seem to find chayote seeds anywhere on the internet. Anyone have some? I'm trying to get a Filipino garden started for my mother and this is one thing I know she would love.

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    Bookmark   August 7, 2007 at 1:07PM
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There is one seed in each fruit. I will not eat a fruit that has sprouted, so there are many fruits I throw away. The plant is easy to grow - I essentially ignore it except to cut it out where I don't want it. If you still need seeds, contact me (I will review this posting frequently for the next few weeks), and when the fruits come this fall, we can arrange for you to get a few. You must have at least 2 plants to get pollination. The vine is fast growing and will overtake a small garden in a week or two (after it is established). I have a large yard, and the vine grows more than 40 feet in a season.

    Bookmark   August 20, 2007 at 10:11AM
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darthtrader(10 SoCal)

Thanks chemocurl for the heads up on my preferences.

Deango, I'll try to buy one and get the seed sprouting. If I have no success, I'll contact you. Thanks so much.

Is there anything special I need to do to make the store bought chayote sprout?

    Bookmark   August 20, 2007 at 12:58PM
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That's how I started about 20 years ago - with 2 purchased fruits. You will see a protrusion emerge from the fold at the large end of the fruit and the vine comes from that. After it has sprouted, place the fruit in a depression in the ground with the sprouted end on the ground. You may want to protect it with a mesh covering - the rats will eat the sprout if they get a chance. Be sure to grow two plants for polination. There are male and female flowers on each plant, but it is not incestuous.

    Bookmark   August 20, 2007 at 7:40PM
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Please let us know how you are doing with getting your chayotes growing. The fruits are growing on my vine in abundance - we have picked a few already and I am starting to give them to neighbors.

    Bookmark   September 17, 2007 at 10:16AM
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When planting chayote do you plant the entire fruit or just the seed? From reading the above post it seems that the whole fruit is planted once it sprouts. If that's correct how do you get it to sprout? Sorry for my confusion. It can't take over any worse then the horned melon does.

    Bookmark   September 17, 2007 at 11:12AM
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Hi all I would love to grow these for my grand son, can any one share some seeds? I have horse chestnut seed and other things, just let me know thanks-Lisa

    Bookmark   September 17, 2007 at 11:35AM
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I am looking for Chayote seeds. Can I get two of them from anyone? Please me let me know . My email is

    Bookmark   September 19, 2007 at 1:11PM
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I looked up how to germinate the chayote. You do have to plant the entire fruit so you should just be able to go to your local grocery store and get them. They would be fairly heavy to ship, probably over a pound for a couple fruit.

Here is a link that might be useful: growing chayote

    Bookmark   September 19, 2007 at 5:32PM
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There's a wealth of info at the link below. The article is directed toward people in Louisiana, where chayote is called mirliton (don't let the name confuse you), but there's a great deal of wonderful information for anyone interested in growing chayote.

Here is a link that might be useful: How to Grow Mirliton (aka Chayote)

    Bookmark   April 13, 2010 at 8:15PM
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Hello All, I'd love to grow Chayote here in Raleigh, NC. Can anyone help? Thanks in advance, Peter

    Bookmark   March 21, 2013 at 7:37PM
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We bought some last month. One sprouted already on the shelf, I took the sprout out of the fruit and planted it inside. It is doing just fine so I don't think you have to put the whole fruit in the ground unless it hasn't sprouted yet. Know to see how well it transplants, that's probably going to be the tricky part. We find them at Mexican grocery stores! We grew them last year by planting the fruit in the ground. They did fine but we put them in to late. The require 120+ days to fruit, we are trying again this year.

    Bookmark   March 21, 2013 at 9:56PM
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Your best bet is to go to a ethnic grocery store and look in the produce section. The thorny fruits are much easier to sprout.

    Bookmark   March 22, 2013 at 1:06PM
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