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Sechium edule 'Thin-fruited'

Family: Cucurbitaceae (koo-ker-bih-TAY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Sechium (SEK-ee-um) (Info)
Species: edule (ED-yew-lee) (Info)
Cultivar: Thin-fruited

Synonym:Sicyos edule
Synonym:Chayota edulis

One member has or wants this plant for trade.

Edible Fruits and Nuts
Tropicals and Tender Perennials
Vines and Climbers

12-15 ft. (3.6-4.7 m)

18-24 in. (45-60 cm)

USDA Zone 9a: to -6.6 C (20 F)
USDA Zone 9b: to -3.8 C (25 F)
USDA Zone 10a: to -1.1 C (30 F)
USDA Zone 10b: to 1.7 C (35 F)
USDA Zone 11: above 4.5 C (40 F)

Sun Exposure:
Full Sun
Sun to Partial Shade


Bloom Color:
White/Near White

Bloom Time:
Late Fall/Early Winter


Other details:
Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Soil pH requirements:
6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)
6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)
7.6 to 7.8 (mildly alkaline)

Patent Information:
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Propagation Methods:
From seed; direct sow after last frost

Seed Collecting:
Wear gloves to protect hands when handling seeds
Seed does not store well; sow as soon as possible

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1 positive
1 neutral
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Positive jns On Jan 7, 2005, jns from Miami, FL wrote:

Ten years ago I grew the smooth one. The only problem was the one plant gave us too much fruit. After two years I trimed it back and it bled to death. Now I,m growing the spiny one. I bought the fruit at the Atlanta Farmer's Market for one dollar (three times more expensive then the smooth type). I put the fruit in the greenhouse on a bench and waited one month for it to sprout. In one month the sprout was 10 inches tall. The vine has been in the ground now for three months and is in heavy bloom, but only males so far. The smooth one produced male flowers for a few weeks before the females formed.
The seller said it was more expensive because it was more tasty. I just hope that it is tasty. The regular smooth one has very little taste, but it will take up the flavors arould it when cooked.

Neutral Xenomorf On Oct 9, 2004, Xenomorf from Valley of the Sun, AZ (Zone 9b) wrote:

According to the Multilingual Multiscript Plant Name Database, there are 6 types (cultivars).
Dark-green-fruited, Pale-green-fruited, Round-fruited, Spiny-fruited, Thin-fruited & White-fruited.


This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:

Chowchilla, California
Sacramento, California
Vista, California
Miami, Florida
Micanopy, Florida
Honomu, Hawaii

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