Re: [gardeners] hot & dry

George Shirley (
Mon, 01 Jun 1998 15:25:11

At 07:13 AM 6/1/98 -0600, you wrote:
>I've been wondering if any of you people in warm winter country don't
>consider growing chayote squash (aka mirlitons, or vegetable pears).  The
>vine is perennial, requiring only frequent pruning.  A vine can produce
>over 100 fruits, too.  I've even discovered how to tell a chayote is about
>to sprout.
>The bottom, or wide end, has a pseudo split in it.  This split is normally
>rather crooked and tight, like Ernie's mouth on Sesame Street, or even an
>abashed Kermit.  When the squash is about to sprout, the "mouth" begins to
>open, followed by some developments that look somewhat embarrassingly
>anatomical, then the sprout.  Ask your produce person at the grocery to
>save any like that for you.  Best, Margaret
I have never been able to grow mirliton's, the vine seems to die on me and
I never get much fruit.