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Old 02-01-2016, 07:38 PM
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Anyone Growing Mirliton/Chayote?


Is or has anyone growing mirliton;/chayote squash? I have three white and six green ones sprouted and ready to plant. I have them in gallon pots at this time but will plant them in my garden when the frost is over. Can anyone advise what type of trellis system you use to support the vines? I am considering using an overhead wire trellis. Any suggestions would be appreciated.
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Old 06-22-2016, 05:03 PM
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I looked up growing merlitons and there are many sites with advice for supporting the vines. Anything from chain link fences to growing them up tree trunks seems to work just fine as long as they get enough sun and the soil drains well.
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Old 06-23-2016, 11:57 AM
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They are heavy feeders so weekly give them a dose of miracle grow mixed in a couple of gallon containers since they also like moist soil rather than dry. I knew an old couple that for years planted them at the base of a fig tree & they grew & produced by the time the figs were finished & leaves started to fall. What a sight that was !
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Old 06-23-2016, 10:48 PM
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Is it true you can put a Chayote from the grocery store in the ground and it will sprout a vine? I read that on a blog. I was thinking that if I put a whole fruit in the ground it would rot. How would you keep it from doing so?
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Old 06-26-2016, 08:58 PM
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You do plant the whole chayote/mirliton in the ground but only after they begin to sprout. The chayote will "rot" as the seed uses the flesh to grow. It supplies the moisture and food for the plant to grow. I read many articles on what is needed to grow them and how the plant is planted.
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Old 06-26-2016, 11:18 PM
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I never knew chayotes were so cool. I'm definitely going to try growing one.

Thanks for the explanation, BEEMAN!
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