Post by miceandgods on Sept 4, 2020 18:50:05 GMT 10
So i stripped by poblanos recently and gave them a good prune. They were showing some pretty bad sap sucker damage in the new growth but i was also concerned it may be viral. Just in case i rogued a heap of other solanaceae plants.
Ended up stringing up a bunch for ripening and drying to anchos but also using some fresh.
Sounds like a plan. I've got a little green Aldi popover greenhouse thing, might put one choko on its side in a soil filled pot and the other just in a cool dark spot in the garage and see which one takes off.
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Post by biggusrdevus on Sept 19, 2020 12:56:57 GMT 10
That ever reliable go-to for gardening tips and the green thumb good oil (Women's Weekly, syndicated by the looks): How to grow a choko Buy a choko shove it down the back of the vegie cupboard till it sprouts, then plant it in a sunny spot with the sprouting bit out of the soil.
Post by miceandgods on Sept 19, 2020 13:17:22 GMT 10
I'm with biggus on this one (mostly). Just gotta wait mate. I wouldn't plant or put in a high heat/humidity environment until it sprouts to decrease the chances of the fruit rotting. Store bought choko/chayote is picked young so it has a longer shelf life, even the small ones will usually sprout, but may take some time.
Like all plants, the seed coat has germination inhibiting chemicals that (usually) prevent the seed from sprouting in the fruit too early. If you think naturally, the chokoes that don't get eaten by animals ripen fully on the vine (and inhibiting chemicals naturally break down in this process) then fall to the ground and grow. The point of difference I recommend over biggus and WW is to not store it in the dark. Leave em near a sunny window or the kitchen bench until you see at least 2 sets of new leaves and immature root buds developing.
When planting, try and replicate this fallen to the ground idea and only half bury the fruit horizontally with the roots facing down. 2 Choko plants will provide enough fruit for a few families unless you eat choko daily... They are hardy as hell for pests but do need a little water.
Raspberries. Planted in a 2.5mt X 1.5mt grow bed with (a wrongly combiniation of) thornless blackberries and a Gooseberry plant. 1st year I got around 10 Raspberries. 2nd year I got around 600g and I must have been feeding the birds well last years. 3rd year I did the, not too tediousness of bird netting. Holy fark! First pickings are 500g. Pick every second day and a handfull or two etc.
Its a task. Eating fresh picked berries. Having to make jam or whatever with true organic substances.
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