Choko (Chayote) Plants

Choko (Chayote) Plants


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Choko are versatile fruit that are extremely easy to grow - perfect for beginner gardeners!  This hardy, sprawling vine is perfect for disguising an ugly shed, or growing down an underused sloping bank.  The autumn fruit can be used in the same way as Zucchini or Cucumber.

Urban Bounty Choko plants come in a 1.5 litre pot.  The plants have been sprouted, so you won't need to going to the trouble of try to grow one from begged or borrowed seed.

About Choko (Chayote, Vegetable Pear, Mango Squash, Christophene, Cho-cho)

Choko are an apple-green, pear-shaped fruit that grows on a sprawling vine.  The inside has creamy-pale green flesh and edible seeds.  Originally from Central America, they were introduced to Europe by Spanish explorers.  

This perennial plant is a prolific fruiter, with each one producing 50 - 100 Choko per season.  The inside is filled with  with edible seeds inside.  Urban Bounty Choko are the smooth variety.

Culinary Uses for Choko (Chayote, Vegetable Pear, Mango Squash)

Choko have quite a mild, fresh taste (similar to summer squash).  Because of their neutral flavour profile, they are often used as a vegetable and make a great autumn substitute for Cucumber and Zucchini.  Try them in a salsa, added to a curry, roasted, stir-fried, or even pickled.   Peel before cooking.

Pick fruit daily in autumn to ensure best flavour - the small fruit have the best flavour and texture.  (Choose Choko that are tennis-ball sized or smaller).  The young shoots and tendrils are edible too - they can be added to stir-fries as a leafy green.

Growing Information - Choko (Chayote, Vegetable Pear, Mango Squash)

Choko thrive in full sun and rich, moist but well-draining soil. Avoid planting in highly acidic soil.  

Choko need somewhere to spread out.  Grow them in a space where this doesn't matter, or give them something to grow against, like a trellis.  Due to its vigorous climbing habit, we don't recommend planting Choko near native bush.

Water Choko plants deeply at the base once or twice a week in dry conditions.  They also like a sprinkle of worm tea every few weeks.  Protect your vine from frost and keep an eye out for fungal leaf diseases like powdery mildew.   

Climate and seasonal information - Choko

Choko aren't suitable for very hot regions, or very cold regions, but they do need warmth to grow.  Too many hot nights can slow fruiting, while early frosts will kill the vine.  Plant them in spring in warmer parts of New Zealand, and in December if you live in a slightly cooler area.  In lower parts of the South Island you may need to grow this fruit undercover in order to set fruit.  


We offer a replacement guarantee

To give you peace of mind, we offer a replacement guarantee if your plants do not arrive in good condition.  If there is a problem please let us know as soon as you receive your package and we will work with you to resolve it.

What will postage cost?

Postage varies by region, and by parcel size/weight. 

Customers are asked to choose the correct postage option at checkout (urban or rural). 

If you order a worm farm or garden bed and plants in the same order, the postage for the worm farm will be added to the postage for the other items.  (These items are dispatched from separate locations.) 

If you live in the South Island, Waiheke or Great Barrier Island, please contact us for a custom shipping quote: 

How often do you dispatch?

To reduce the risk of plants sitting in a courier depot over weekends, we usually ship orders on a Monday, Tuesday or Thursday (except public holidays).   

How do you package your products?

We take extra care to water plants well and drain them before sending.  Plants are shipped in specially designed packaging, designed to reduce the risk of damage in transit. Trees and bushes are securely wrapped in paper to reduce risk of soil escaping during transit.  They are well supported with scrunched up paper to prevent movement during transit.  


Where do you deliver to? 

We deliver to most locations in the North Island - you can order and make payment via our website, Facebook or Instagram stores.  

South Island, Waiheke and Great Barrier

While we deliver to the South Island, we ask customers in these locations to email us for a quote:  Shipping to the South Island can be expensive and is extremely variable by location - we like to avoid nasty shocks at checkout! 

We don’t generally ship to Waiheke, Great Barrier except by special arrangement. (Delivery can be expensive, and we want to ensure that our live plants arrive in good condition.)  If items are small and non-perishable (such as seeds) delivery may be possible.  Contact us to discuss options:

Do you deliver to post office boxes?

Unfortunately live products like plants, garden beds and worm farms can't be delivered to Post Office Boxes. Large items (like garden furniture) are delivered to the nearest freight depot for customer pickup if outside of Auckland.