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12 hour plants #150896

Asked September 03, 2013, 5:57 PM EDT

I was asked recently if chayote (S. edule) [aka. christophine and vegetable-pear] is a short-day plant. I am not sure how to answer this as chayote requires about 12 hrs. of darkness to stimulate flower production. But it seems to be between short-day and long-day. It is day length sensitive, so it cannot be neutral. Any insights?

Hidalgo County Outside United States

Expert Response

I hope this article from the Wisconsin Master Gardener program answers your questions -- http://wimastergardener.org/?q=Chayote.

Becky Koch Replied September 05, 2013, 9:47 AM EDT

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