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I wonder if anyone is familiar with this Fruit ?

I am presently growing 12 of these Plants on my front fence.
At present trends I will be picking my first crop before Xmas.
If not, then early next year.
Just hope the frost don't get them in winter.

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Rancho Santa Rita, TX(Zone 8a)

what is it ?

cactus fruit ?

Yes BB.
Mine has red flesh inside.
You can also get a white flesh one.


Port Elizabeth, South Africa(Zone 10a)

Looks like "dragon fruit" - Hylocereus sp??

Well this sure is going to be a quick thread Little_things.

Do you have any of them growing there in South Africa ?
I lost a small crop of 4 in a frost 4 years ago.
But I think I now know what to do.

I found this on the net just now.
Thanks to Ian Maguire for this picture.


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It looks very much like My Epi. Orchid Cactus when dissected.

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San Diego, CA(Zone 10b)

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.

Port Elizabeth, South Africa(Zone 10a)

Nope - do not have them. Know about them from wife's travels into Asia.

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They are night blooming and have very large, beautiful white/yellow blooms attractive to pollinating moths and bats.

Ginger, good luck with your plants. I don't think they can take the cold though.


Thanks Zone10,

Night bloomers indeed.
I snapped these Pictures from The Parent Plant early one morning.
I did get the Fruit from these flowers.
But not every Flower turned into Fruit.


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Rancho Santa Rita, TX(Zone 8a)

How does it taste ?

San Diego, CA(Zone 10b)

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.

Another Picture of the Parent Plant on the Front Fence.

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These plants can get very rangy and very heavy, so make sure they have good supports.


I know what you mean Zone10.
This is what they can do. ^_^

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San Diego, CA(Zone 10b)

I hope the fruit was worth the cost of a new fence?! :-D

The people who own the place are old pensioners.
So I suspect it will lie there for a year before they fix it.

Los Angeles, CA(Zone 10a)

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.

Pineapple and DF.

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San Diego, CA(Zone 10b)

You asked for it Amanzed....Ginger, now THAT is a great way to serve Pitaya!

I'm not sure which I like better.
The Kiwi Fruit or the Pineapple ?

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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.

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San Diego, CA(Zone 10b)

Are those your culinary creations Ginger? They are magazine worthy and look yummy too!

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Are those your culinary creations Ginger? They are magazine worthy and look yummy too!


Straight out of a Magazine.
But the ones I serve up look twice as good. ^_^ ^_^



Forgot to add this Picture.
It's nearly impossible adding Pictures when a Quote is included. ;o)



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This was My new Dragon Fruit the day I planted the 12 of them.

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San Diego, CA(Zone 10b)

Looks like a pretty sturdy support. You will have an amazing crop!

Thanks Zone10,
It's an idea I got from Googling Dragon Fruit.
In that Country they grow them on totem poles out in big paddocks.
Must be so they can walk all around them and pick the Fruit.

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San Diego, CA(Zone 10b)

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.

My Orchid Cactus got this treatment and it worked 100% of the time.
http://davesgarden.com/community/forums/t/1240827/

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San Diego, CA(Zone 10b)

I'll give that a try Ginger. I would love to harvest some fruit!

As someone said earlier.
It's not the most wonderful tasting Fruit.
But when served up your friends will be amazed.
And it really does look Great.


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.



Well it poured with rain all night so I went over this morning and took these few Pictures.
How Big is this ?

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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 ?

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I just can't believe how big these Flowers really are.
I could put a clenched fist down inside the throat without damaging it.

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Ooops!
Wrong Picture.
This is the one I wanted to put here.

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Here is the Fixed up fence after it fell over from the weight of the cactus.
I guess the Dragon Fruit will be up there again by Xmas this year.

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Went down to my front fence to do some weeding.
I spotted this tremendous growth rate on the Dragon Fruit heading to the top rail on the Fence.

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San Diego, CA(Zone 10b)

Ginger, you'll soon find out what great climbers these plants are!

Thanks Zone10.
Just what I wanted to hear. ^_^

I have one growing up against My House.
It has turned feral looking for 'The Giants House In the Sky'.
No Golden Eggs up there M8.

If there is an interest in my runaway. I will take Pictures tomorrow.




San Diego, CA(Zone 10b)

Please do!

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