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You are right Rian, it's Hylocereus undatus, aka "dragon fruit", "pitaya", "queen of the night", etc. These plants are monster epiphyllums. They are night blooming and have very large, beautiful white/yellow blooms attractive to pollinating moths and bats. The fruits used to be found only in Asian markets and exotic fruit grower stands, but they are growing in popularity. I think I've seen them at Vons! These plants can get very rangy and very heavy, so make sure they have good supports. My plant is growing up through a dragon tree. Although the fruits are almost neon pink in color, I find the taste rather indistinct and bland.
Ginger, good luck with your plants. I don't think they can take the cold though.
It really doesn't have much flavor. I would describe it as a mix between a cucumber, pear, and kiwi fruit. The consistency is firm and a little crunchy due to the seeds. It's slightly sweet, but bland. We like to sprinkle a little lime juice on it.
My favorite type of Hylocereus fruit has impossibly vivid magenta flesh... not just the peel, but magenta through and through. The flavor is not very distinctive, but the color is unearthly and strange.
It lack tartness. I've always wondered if it would make a good partner with pineapple, citrus, or something tart. Maybe alternating slices, like a caprese but fruit instead of tomato basil.
I'm going to try adding Goats Cheese to my next Dragon Fruit Salad.
Should be quite interesting Me thinks. ^_^
This one has Pomegranate seeds added.
Lettuce did look OK but tasted RS in this mix.
The secret here is getting both of the Fruit to ripen at the same time.
I don't like paying $7 Aus. for one Dragon Fruit when I grow them My self.
Sure wish you got a good price on your plants. I have these growing up the ying-yang. Mine haven't fruited though. I think I have a pollination problem. At least I get blooms! Good luck with your setup. Would love to see updated pictures when your plants are fruiting?!
I Yahooed ! the pollinating method of The flowers.
I have and use a very fine 'Water Colour Paint Brush'.
And on the night they first open I rub the brush all over the yellow pollen on each and every Flower.
Today I drove past the parent plant of my thriving Dragon Fruit Succulent.
There were young Flower Buds on the fence.
And lo and behold the downed fence had been fixed up. ^_^
Wonders will never cease.
I will return to-night and and take Pictures of the Flowers.
So stay tuned.
I have never seen this kind of growth on these Plants before.
The first 18" of this Succulent is round and covered in scale ?
All of My 12 Plants come straight out of the ground as a triangular Succulent.
Any ideas anyone ?
I agree Ginger, when these plants climb they are obviously seeking sunlight and look much weaker than those growing in sun. The contrast is evident when comparing your climbing plant to the one in photo post #9023124. My Pitaya is sprawling along the ground and up through a tree. The limbs that get good sun are fat and have no aerial roots. The climbing limbs are thinner, darker, and have never produced blooms. They grow well from cuttings. Are you going to relocate yours?
Hey Ginger, I just found out the low growing Bougainvilleas were actually introduced in Australia! They are called the "Bambino" series. Below are a couple of websites with more information. The first is a history and general info, the second has photos of different varieties.
I'm sure the photos aren't giving the flowers justice. I've seen some of these in nurseries and the colors are just as vibrant as their larger cousins. I believe the one I saw was "Zulu." The flowers were almost glowing they were so colorful! Hope you can find a plant!
I have finally found time to re-write my story about the last 10 months growth of My Dragon fruit.
As can be seen from My original Pictures, they were approximately one foot high/tall.
So in less than 10 months they have grown from cuttings to over 5 ft tall.
And they have begun to grow Fruit.
Because they are a night time Flowerier, I did not see the full Flower.
I only saw it at 6 am the next morning.
And by then My Bees had already found the Flowers.
By late afternoon that day the Flower was completely spent.
The Poincianas I planted next to the Dragon Fruit are almost 5 ft tall.
They do get a lot of TLC.
I expect them to Flower next Summer.
From seed to a small Flowering Tree only takes 3 years around here.
All the seed were collected from My own adult trees.
Every year I collect about 1000 good looking seeds.
If they are dark brown or they don't have the grey stripes on them, I discard them.
Well this is very similar to what I originally posted here till admin for God knows what reason, deleted it. (maybe they didn't like My Picture ???)
I really wish they would mind their own business and leave my Threads and Posts alone.
I tried to add the same Picture to this post but I don't think I can add during an edit.
So I will just add it on a new post and see if they leave it alone this time.
I have the yellow type, i think there called Pitaya? Have you seen how much Dragonfruit are to buy in store? about Australian $5.00 each here, dont know why anyone would pay that as they dont taste like much.
I have had a Dragonfruit growing for 3 years now here in the Bahamas, and have never had a flower. Any ideas why? The plant originally came from an aunt in California, and it was shipped as a piece attached to a fruit. I have grown 7 different plants from it, and shared them around the island, so they are all growing with various supports or none, various soils and most are in full sun. Not sure what else to do.
I have a few questions to ask first.
Is your Plant Stock triangular ?
What is your winter temperature there ?
Do you water your Plants every day ?
I planted mine less than 12 months ago.
And they were only 8 inches long.
Now less than 10 months later I have 5 Flowers on one Plant.
Some are going to Flower tonight.
The Plant sells at our local Nursery for $27 each.
And they are smaller than what I started with.
I never fertalise my Dragon Fruit Plants.
It flooded here also after days of non stop rain. We have a high house and we were ready for it though. Now the water just keeps going up and down with the tides, waiting for it to go away so i can clean my yard.
palmirage wrote:I have had a Dragonfruit growing for 3 years now here in the Bahamas, and have never had a flower. Any ideas why? The plant originally came from an aunt in California, and it was shipped as a piece attached to a fruit. I have grown 7 different plants from it, and shared them around the island, so they are all growing with various supports or none, various soils and most are in full sun. Not sure what else to do.
I am really pleased to be able to help you.
I hope you are still alive ?
palmirage wrote:Not sure what else to do.
You could always acknowledge receiving/reading My post.
I just checked back in to DG and saw the updates to your adventures with the Dragon Fruit vine. Your plants are doing wonderfully!! I hope you get a good crop of fruit. My plants have not produced fruit in a couple of years. I am no expert, but the year it did produce fruit, we had a few bats flying around in the warm evenings. I haven't seen them in a while. I wonder if there is a direct correlation?
Looking forward to photos of your home grown Pitaya. BTW, they sell for a couple of dollars here. We have several large Asian supermarkets that set out big bins of these when in season.
yes bats do pollinate these and maybe moths, defenatly night creatures though. No shortage of bats here we have plenty and there innoying..well the big fruit bats are, they fly over by the millions almost blacking out the sky for awhile.
I had dragon fruit in Singapore and it was very sweet and tasty and it was not really expensive I think I paid $4.00 for a huge one.
I had then bought some in an Asian store and very pricey but to my disappointmen, they were very bland.
I also bought a plant and grew fast but i was not allowed to bring it inside because of the thorns so it went to plant heaven. LOL!!! I also was not allowed to bring it in the garage for the same reasons.