Choko is a perennial vine that has been popular in Australia for many years.  It is a member of the cucumber family and is known overseas as ‘Chayote’ and ‘Mexican marrow’. The vine produces lumpy green pear shaped fruit. Choko vines form a canopy of large leaf over the lumpy green pear shaped fruit.

  • Plant & Growing Tips:

    In temperate gardens the vine emerges in late spring, fruits throughout summer and dies down in winter.
    In tropical regions, the plant may fruit again in autumn and winter if planted in well drained soil and if rain and humidity is not excessive.

    Choko will grow in various soil types.

    Choko is rather drought hardy as it originates from the dry terrains of Central America.

    It does best in full sun to part shade.

    The fruit can be planted pointy-end up, and left almost covered in soil. The seed will grow into a large vine.

    The Choko vine is grown on the ground or more commonly on trellises or along fences.

    When vines become thickly matted on the trellis, they should be trimmed back and fertilized to promote regrowth.

    Choko should be planted 2.5 - 3.5m apart in rows 4m apart because the roots may spread 1.8 - 2.1m in each direction.

  • Fertiliser Applications:

    Stage: Pre Plant

    Product: Dinofert Organic Fertiliser, Dinofert Standard Pellets

    Gardener Use: 1¼ cups (250g)/m²

    Commercial Use: 2.25-2.75kg/10m row

    Comments: Incorporate Dino-Fert Organic into ground to 10cm in depth.


    Stage: Side Dress

    Product: Dinofert Organic Fertiliser, Dinofert Standard Pellets

    Gardener Use: ¾-1¼ cups (160-220g)/m²

    Commercial Use: 1.6-2kg/10m row

    Comments: One side dressing in early spring just as the plant moves into growth after winter dormancy and the other half the rate when the main crop is setting in midsummer. Spread evenly within a radius of approximately 1.5m from each plant.


Please note that the above information and recommendations are provided in good faith and are given without liability for loss or damage suffered as a result of their application. Optimum response to fertilisers will only be achieved when weeds, insect pests and diseases are controlled and adequate soil water is available.

Fertiliser use recommendations are presented as a practical guide to good agronomic practice under most situations. Local soil, climatic and other conditions should also be taken into account as these could affect plant response to fertiliser rates and applications.

For further information we recommend you seek advice from your local agronomist.