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Chayote is a perennial vine that grows vigorously and requires a lot of space. It grows well in rich soil and is often used to cover livestock pens. It can be planted directly via the seed or the entire or transplanted from April through June because the vines are frost sensitive. Chayote should be ready to harvest in October and November and can be stored at around 55 degrees wrapped in newspaper. To Plan, a heritage garden, download the ‘Planning a Florida Heritage Garden (PDF).’