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Chayote squash in IL?

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From: Eva V
Champaign, IL
I'd like to grow Chayote squash in my Champaign garden. What is the growing season for this vine? Is this a good idea for this location?

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From: Sandra Mason
State Master Gardener Coordinator
Champaign/Ford/Iroquois/Vermilion Unit
HI Eva, so sorry for the delay in answering. even though they are related to squash they aren't true squash as we think of them. we are a bit too far north for chayote to grow well although this year it would have worked. they need a long hot growing season. if you started them early indoors and with luck of la late frost you might get a crop.

From: Janet Lira
Dixon , IL

It is September, would it be ok to plant chayote and keep indoors ‘till winter is over than transfer outdoors?

Thank you

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