I bought fresh chayotes at the Great Wall Mart to grow out in my Northern garden. Two years in a row I have had no luck. Is there an early or northern strain of chayote?
No, there is no northern stain. It is impossible to grow them in the north in a garden. They need 150 days to make harvestable fruit. If you have a heated greenhouse, then you could grow them.
Thank you for your help.Ã¢ÂÂ Ã¢ÂÂ¬I took some cuttings from myÃ¢ÂÂ "Ã¢ÂÂ¬store bought chayoteÃ¢ÂÂ" Ã¢ÂÂ¬indoors and under lights earlier this year.Ã¢ÂÂ Ã¢ÂÂ¬I'll try to grow them out next year.Ã¢ÂÂ Ã¢ÂÂ¬Now,Ã¢ÂÂ Ã¢ÂÂ¬I do not need to waste a lot of time trying to securing a northern cultivar.Ã¢ÂÂ Ã¢ÂÂ¬I can work with what I have.
Good Luck :) If you are successful, please post back. I would like to hear about it.
Yes it is always nice to hear successes gardeners get in other areas. Here in Texas the spiny ones start a lot easier than the slick shinny fruit. Usually the spiny fruit already have a root start. The plant does spread out over a large area.