It sprouted in our kitchen fruitbowl. Back in Spring 2013.
So I gave him to José to plant in his garden.
Here it is planted in early June.
By June 19th José had staked him.
He was 2 feet high on Independence Day.
And by the end of July José had rigged a network of pipes and strings.
Were we to harvest more chayote fruit?!
But by mid-August height gains had stalled.
He was putting out tendrils instead.
Rain in late August raised hopes.
Alas. It seemed not to be.
By October 5 he was fading fast to autumn yellow.
By November 17th, he appeared completely done for the season.
But wait. What’s that?
I should have looked closer.
Just three days before Christmas we discovered his gift from Summer 2013.
December 22, 2013