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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Ocamponis x coniflorus dragonfruit
« on: December 31, 2017, 04:50:48 AM »







Well, here it is, in all itís prickly glory! Very nice colour, with a firm flesh that is noticeably different in texture to most Dragonfruit I have eaten. Flavour is quite nice but not what I would call great. It has a flavour similar to rose water 🤔🤔, which could appeal to people. The only real downside is the spine. They donít brush off like megalanthus varieties so itís ĎHandle with careí.
Overall, a nice tasting piece of fruit with little commercial value due to the spines. Good collectors specimen, having nice flowers as well.

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Ocamponis x coniflorus dragonfruit
« on: December 31, 2017, 03:08:11 AM »


Ethan, the time has arrived. This was just starting to split but not enough to see the flesh colour. Itís in the fridge chilling out for a bit before I slice into it a bit later. Hope itís as tasty as it is spikey! More pics later.
Happy New Year from Oz, 🎉🍻🎉🍺🍻🎉🎉🥂🍻🍺🎉🍻🥂🍻🎉🎉🍻🥂

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Dragon Fruit thread.
« on: December 21, 2017, 04:50:28 AM »



Hereís a few I picked today. Theyíre growing a bit quick and starting to split. All good solid fruit for cuttings in their second year!

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Dragon Fruit thread.
« on: December 18, 2017, 05:56:20 AM »
Iím not sure if this is legit, but itís an interesting concept. Seedlings grafted onto mature stems.


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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: My Jackfruit Tree leaves look sickly.....
« on: December 14, 2017, 06:55:24 AM »
I started them in Plastic Cups. hahahaha, some I moved on to bigger Plastic Bottles :)
I plan to move the hardiest one to a 10 Gallon Planter....
These are all indoors
I have some outside too btw, Most dead, or not fairing very well at all. Something like a bird or maybe a squirrel is eating the leaves. hahahahaha
They can not handle the Summer Heat (couple days over 115, summer avg 96) nor the Winter Cold(avg night in 40-50, but we get some at 30)... The hopes is that once I have a bigger one I can try outside. Am also hoping I can grow one to 3-5 feet in the house., I been using the Sink water (thus treated via softener), my water in Garden by passes Softener. Should I try that water? Won't the hard water be just as bad?
Where the hell do I get "reverse osmosis water"? lol
What about Bottle Water? Will look for some cheap bottle water:(


Do I seem lost? I AM!!!!

Thanks
LT

Just out of curiosity, does anyone in California have rainwater? Iíve noticed a lot of growers on this forum that have trouble with their water for some reason. I understand that you have low rainfall, but a rainwater tank full of water can go a long way?

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Dragon Fruit Frost Tolerance
« on: December 13, 2017, 07:23:41 AM »
Are you sure about temperature ??
Not sure who you are asking, but yes, I am sure about the temps. Iíve got a thermometer👍

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Hi Simon. What is the fluid in the cup?

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Bees pollinating dragonfruit
« on: December 12, 2017, 03:46:00 AM »
Has anyone noticed their Dragonfruit flowers opening slightly in the early afternoon, just enough to allow access for bees? This has been happening here for the last couple of days and by the time I go out to collect pollen when the flower is fully open, there is no pollen left!
The bees have to crawl through the opening and across the stamen, so hopefully they have paid a visit to different varieties, in order to cross pollinate.
I couldnít upload a video but itís on my instagram for those who are interested, #lockyervalleydragonfruit.




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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Dragon Fruit Frost Tolerance
« on: December 11, 2017, 04:23:13 AM »
White fleshed varieties seem to be the toughest and will generally tolerate the cold better than pink fleshed types. Pinks handle it better than reds which are on a par with megalanthus types.
In saying that, I have a couple of reds that arenít bothered by the cold here as opposed to my Columbian Supreme which gets bashed every year, especially if it is windy and cold.
We get down to-3 here every year but not for long periods of time. Couple of hours max.

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Dragon Fruit thread.
« on: December 02, 2017, 04:35:33 AM »
Most Dragonfruit cuttings will fruit within 2 years with good care. Some wonít but a lot will.
 I find it difficult to trust a site that doesnít even take the time to put up their own pics of the varieties that they say they grow. Most pics from the top tropical site are from other websites as far as I can see, and you donít have to look too closely to see that a couple of completely different varieties have identical fruit! The Sweet Red and the American Beauty are identical on the site! American Beauty looks nothing like this! I would assume Sweet Red doesnít either.
If you want good cuttings that will give the fruit that they are supposed to give, only buy from reputable sellers. Mattís Landscape is brilliant.

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There's Asunta 1 through 4. The fruit size improves with each generation. The taste is said to vary though. Non of them are bad, but some people seem to prefer the earlier ones.
Thanks
Looked online and just thought so but seen it say Asunta 24
https://www.bonanza.com/listings/EXTRA-RARE-Dragon-Fruit-Pitaya-Pithaya-Asunta-24-Hylocereus-Hybrid-SEEDS-/451318474?goog_pla=1&gpid=18283950120&keyword=&goog_pla=1&pos=1o1&ad_type=pla&gclid=Cj0KCQiAmITRBRCSARIsAEOZmr6L5EK_444hX2EHp-Npl7uHntrsAt4go_szYPw91MHf80G09wKyKBIaAn5aEALw_wcB

If that fruit is real, and I have my doubts, you should look for a cutting of it.
I was just trying to check as much information on the Asunta Family and learn what type i think i would like to add, heard the Asunta 2 taste lil bit like cinnamon, which i think i will get, but wanted to get info since the place i found wont have until April/May to get shipped out

I can understand that. Buying Dragonfruit seeds from the internet is always a risky thing to do. You have to wait at least 3-4 years to verify the fruit, if they grow well, and after that time ,  the seller of the original seeds have possibly vanished. It cost me a lot of time and money to get all of the varieties I have but I went through reputable growers and Iím very happy. Iíve never purchased seeds to grow Dragonfruit.

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There's Asunta 1 through 4. The fruit size improves with each generation. The taste is said to vary though. Non of them are bad, but some people seem to prefer the earlier ones.
Thanks
Looked online and just thought so but seen it say Asunta 24
https://www.bonanza.com/listings/EXTRA-RARE-Dragon-Fruit-Pitaya-Pithaya-Asunta-24-Hylocereus-Hybrid-SEEDS-/451318474?goog_pla=1&gpid=18283950120&keyword=&goog_pla=1&pos=1o1&ad_type=pla&gclid=Cj0KCQiAmITRBRCSARIsAEOZmr6L5EK_444hX2EHp-Npl7uHntrsAt4go_szYPw91MHf80G09wKyKBIaAn5aEALw_wcB

If that fruit is real, and I have my doubts, you should look for a cutting of it.

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Any new updates on this thread?

I eventually got my hands on all of these varieties. Asunta is just starting to flower now so I cannot say what it is like but Frankieís Red is a great piece of fruit. Frankieís doesnít really do too well due the cold, frosty winter and the very hot summers, but always puts out a few fruit to keep me happy. Namibian orange was a bit of a disappointment after all the time I put into finding it. It turned out to be a pink fleshed variety☹️, but it tasted great😁! The only orange colour was on the very young flower buds, but that could have been because I wanted it to have something orange.  If it is indeed Nam. Orange, Iím not sure how it got the Nam. Orange name!

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Ocamponis x coniflorus dragonfruit
« on: November 20, 2017, 03:48:42 AM »
Great job Rannman, can't wait to see the finished fruit! The only info I can offer beyond Ricshaw is I believe my original cuttings came from Don's Epiphyllum World.
Hi Ethan. This is the second time it has flowered. Once last year and once so far this year. I am very keen to see what the fruit are like. Has yours never fruited? Itís not a fast grower and doesnít put out a lot of growth at all. Stems are 4 sided and mostly red in colour.

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Ocamponis x coniflorus dragonfruit
« on: November 19, 2017, 02:56:20 PM »
Iím a bit confused by the coniflorus side of things as well. Most info I find refers to selenicereus grandiflorus which has similar growth to my plant. Looking forward to seeing the fruit ripen so I can check flesh colour and flavour.

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Ocamponis x coniflorus dragonfruit
« on: November 19, 2017, 03:56:29 AM »
Added a couple of pics of juvenile fruit. Not sure if these fruit look different to coniflorus fruit, but certainly different to  Ocamponis. Does anyone know what coniflorus fruit tastes like?

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Ocamponis x coniflorus dragonfruit
« on: November 18, 2017, 05:25:16 AM »
I received a cutting of this from Ethan Moses a few years back and I was wondering if anyone else, or Ethan, has any information on this variety. Mine is fruiting for the first time this year and would like to compare pics/info. All I know at the moment is that itís a prickly little sucker. Will add a pic of young fruit tomorrow.




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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Dragon fruit plant in pot
« on: November 16, 2017, 04:06:24 AM »
Miracle,
I love your your trellis layout! So effector, yet economical! :) I just made one myself. 

I'm going to add some supplemental lighting and heat. Prehaps a reptile heat lamp? I haven't been able to get df to flower or even grow much inside the greenhouse. I suspect it doesn't like filtered sunlight, since my greenhouse has glass that reduces uv. It grows nicely outside in direct sunlight and hot weather. I want to grow it successfully this time. I'm so sick of nasty store-bought df. I am growing "Red Zamorano" and "Purple Haze". Fingers crossed!
Thanks for posting!



Thanks, sildanani
Your trellis is very nice too.  Good luck with your df
FYI my white df will flowers two crops per year, one in June and one in late August. Red df will flowers three crops: late March,  June and late August.

Wow, it's a miracle alright.  How do you get DF to fruit so many time per year?

thanks!

Kent

I think you will find that most dragonfruit will flower 2-3 times a year throughout the warmer months. Sometimes  less, sometimes more.

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Dragon Fruit thread.
« on: November 15, 2017, 04:35:10 AM »
On a different note, I have a few similar varieties fruiting at the moment so I may be able to post some pics of ripe fruit for comparison. Pink Panther, Voodoo Child and Sugar Dragon (U.S varieties), as well as Aztec Gem (Aussie variety). All have similar plant growth and young, unripe fruit are also very similar. Pink Panther and Aztec Gem have small spines on the fruit.

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Dragon Fruit thread.
« on: November 15, 2017, 04:27:14 AM »
I donít remember if this question has been asked before but is voodoo child the same as S8 sugar dragon. On spicyexotics site he claims that research shows that they are both the same.
I think I read somewhere that they arenít but canít recall where I read it from.
I never heard of Houghton where can I get cuttings from that variety?
The small red one is a cross I made with Houghton and Yellow Colombian, it is the one that has a strawberry melon taste.
https://s7.postimg.org/t8n6iyg4n/fruit_11_14_17.jpg[/img]

Any chance you can cut the fruit and post a pic of the flesh colour?

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Hi

Iím new at DF and would love to have a few to start growing.  Iíve done a bit of research and would like a DF with the highest possible brix value (> 19).  Looking for either a yellow, red or orange. I prefer large/XL fruit... anywhere around 1 to 3 lbs.   cuttings or seeds (prefer cuttings).  I am located in Montreal, Quebec. Canada.

If you donít have any...maybe you could recommend where I can get some.. thx!

If you have done a bit of research you will know that you wonít get a yellow or orange(skin colour, Iím assuming), that will be 1-3lbs. Reds(skin colour again), come in a few different colours, Red, Pink, purple and white. Even white with pink marbling, as in Delight.
Mattís Landscape will have everything you need and more. For larger fruit you will want something like a Purple Haze, Delight, Physical Graffiti. All really good fruit!

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Have you thought about Lilly pillyís? Pretty quick growing, easy from seed and edible fruits. Thatís what Iím using to block out my neighbours.

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Dragon Fruit thread.
« on: November 03, 2017, 05:56:50 AM »
Thanks Rannman for the picture! Color wise it does look similar in that perspective. And yours look like it couldíve weighed in at 2lbs too!
They do look very similar, and yes, it was the biggest dragonfruit Iíve seen. Really impressive, and very tasty as well!

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Dragon Fruit thread.
« on: November 02, 2017, 11:58:18 PM »
Can one identify a variety by looking at the fruit? Mainly between hybrids. Reason being Iím about to harvest my first fruit from my supposedly Purple Haze plant and Iíve been looking at pictures of the fruit online and I see people posting different variations of the fruit while claiming itís purple haze. Being sent the wrong cutting before Iím a bit nervous that I was sent the wrong plant again. Here are some pictures of the fruit so far. Itís not fully ripe yet but getting there.






Hi Sandy. My Purple Haze on the left.

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Yard Macros
« on: October 29, 2017, 05:08:20 AM »












Nice! Been a great start here after 5 months of incredibly dry weather, with plenty of flowers and good fruit set. Shaping up to be a great season!

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