Sechium edule
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Sechium edule

cho ko

  family cucurbitaceae 
  genus sechium 

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Genus  Sechium Species  edule Variety  Cultivar  Common names  chayote   chayotli   brionne   pepinella   cho ko Family  CUCURBITACEAE Specimen number  S12015 Data source  UnVeg p103
Life cycle
Life form  Terrestrial Life cycle  Annual Life span  1 year Annual cycle  Not applicable Stature  Various Growth form  Not applicable Growth habit  Various Overall height  30' - 100' Overall spread   
Sunshine  Full sun to partial shade Water    Optimal soil texture  Soil texture 07 Acceptable soil pH  Neutral USDA hardiness  Not classified AHS heat zones  Not classified Sunset climate zones  Not classified
Suitable for gardens  no Nursery  Unknown Compost  no Size at acquisition  Unknown Garden location  Unknown Garden notes  Full sun to partial shade is needed for Sechium edule to do its best. Sechium edule is known as chayotli in Mayan, brionne in French or cho ko in Australian.
Special qualities
Tolerates drought  no Tolerates high humidity  no Tolerates seaside conditions  no Insect resistant  no Disease resistant  no Deer resistant  no Best uses    Symbiosis  Attracts butterflies  no Attracts hummingbirds  no Autumn foliage  no Colorful berries  no Desirable qualities    Other interest    Other interest color  Other interest period   
Adverse factors
Common pests  Poisonous parts  Poisonous indications  Internal poison  no Dermatologic poison  no Livestock poison  no Mechanical injury  no Hay fever pollen    Hay fever season    Adverse qualities   
Herbal medicine
Medicinal properties  Medicinal parts  Has medicinal uses  no Do not self-administer  no Do no use if pregnant  no Legally restricted  no Toxicity precautions  Medicinal notes  The shoots of this plant as well as the fruit and the seeds and the tubers are all edible. Sechium edule is most commonly used cooked or fresh.
Traditional uses
Parts used  Traditional uses  Contemporary uses  Fragrance  Fragrance parts  Fragrance intensity    Fragrance category    Dye parts  Dye color 
Propagule  Seed Pollination method    Planting style  Climbing Crop spacing  9' - 12' Row spacing    Cold frame  Planting period  Apr 01 - Sep 30 Harvesting period    Frost tolerance  Very tender Heat requirement  Warm Fertilizer  No fertilizer Time to harvest  shoots-spring, fruit-summer, tubers-fall
Is edible  yes Culinary uses  Fresh   Cooked Nutritional value  Edible parts  Shoots   Fruit   Seeds   Tubers Description of edible parts Flavor / texture  has shoots that are approximately like asparagus, fruits that are a substitute for cucumbers and tubers that are like potatoes
Horticulture notes  This plant's 6 month extended planting season continues from April through September. Provide 9' spacing when grown in quantity. It requires warm days for good production. It is very tender and will die on the first cold night. Harvesting: shoots-spring, fruit-summer, tubers-fall. Sechium edule is typically propagated by seed.
Tag needs printing  no Collection notes  Sechium edule has an annual life cycle.

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Last reviewed November 01, 2004   


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