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Growing Choko/Chayote, also Chayote squash, christophene, chouchou, mirliton

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13 Jun 18 Phil (Australia - temperate climate)
My chokos started flowering much later this season than last year. It was unusually in that I had lots of female flowers developing before any of the male flowers did so most of my early chokos never were pollinated. Bees did not arrive either until three to four weeks ago and they are still all over the plant. I've got lots of baby chokos, but will they get the chance to develop this late in the season in Adelaide's northern suburbs with day temps of 15'C or less and night time temps getting down to 6'C and lower by the day?
14 Jun 18 Mike L (Australia - temperate climate)
Nature is a strange thing. You will just have to see what happens. Last year here winter didn't really come until August - this year early June.
14 Jul 18 Phil (Australia - temperate climate)
Surprisingly the plants are still strong over most of them, with the larger chokos continuing to grow, although certainly slower than six or eight weeks ago and many with imperfections over their outer layer. Once they get to the size of an egg they do grow much faster although many of the tiny ones that did get a start have got to around two cm long and dropped. So far we've only had two nights that hit dead on 0'C so if frosty nights can be avoided it looks like they will keep going. The first night that does have a bad frost and I'll be stripping the two plants of all chokos whatever the size.
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