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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Dragon Fruit thread.
« on: June 29, 2018, 07:04:48 AM »
I recommend sugar dragon it's a perfect pollinator
Vietnamese White , along with Sugar Dragon, is the best pollen supply you will get. Large amounts of pollen, heavy flowering cycle and strong grower with the added benefit of guaranteed fruit! Very tolerant of cold weather also.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Dragon Fruit thread.
« on: June 29, 2018, 06:54:05 AM »
Is delight self fertile? Some people say it is but some say it's not. I have some buds on mine just want to make sure. it's a fast grower I bought it February just under 2ft and now it giving out fruit

I havenít found Delight to be self fertile for me in Queensland,Australia. I try to cross pollinate every flower as it tends to guarantee fruit set and fruit size is substantially bigger as well.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Dragon Fruit thread.
« on: June 29, 2018, 06:48:51 AM »
My red has many fruits. White has not flowered.
How are white variety going to help with cross pollination?
If you have a red fleshed variety and a white fleshed variety, they should have no problem pollinating each other, as long as they flower at the same time, Or at least close to each other. Itís pretty simple - if theyíre not the same variety, the pollen will work.
Growing dragonfruit is pretty simple, if you have 2 different flowers at the same time, and you lend a hand to pollinate, you will get fruit.
If they donít flower at the same time, you need to save pollen for when the other variety flowers. I have over 45 varieties and sometimes things donít go right, no different pollen , and so I end up with no fruit!

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: pineapple top planting
« on: June 29, 2018, 04:33:06 AM »
Why not try to root a few in water and find out for sure, instead of throwing them out? Most shop bought pineapples have loose centre leaves and they have grown fine for me.

Dragonfruit(all varieties) - Temps from light frost(0 degrees) up to 45 degrees and very dry. No damage!

Jakfruit(1yr old seedling) - Light frost up to 45 degrees and very dry. Some deformity of leaves from cold, no damage from the heat. Needs occasional watering in dry times.

Logan(seedling) - Light frost up to 45 degrees/very dry. No damage at all. Very dry tolerant.

Achacha( seeds direct sown into permanent site, tree guards) - Light frost up to 45 degrees/very dry. 25% cut back to ground in frost but re-growing. 75% no damage at all. Slow growing(15cm tall - 14 months since seed was sown), but very tough! Must have a huge tap root! Dry weather hasnít bothered it at all.

No irrigation on Dragonfruit, Longan or Achacha. Only occasional water for Achacha, 20lt/ month when dry.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Syzygium bud to flower time
« on: June 23, 2018, 03:52:48 AM »
When itís a colour other than any shade of green! 👍👍

Why not just top work them with the new varieties 🤔🤔🤔

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Dragon Fruit thread.
« on: June 19, 2018, 04:16:39 AM »
Season starting

What variety is this?

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Dragon Fruit thread.
« on: June 17, 2018, 06:10:05 AM »
Just out of curiosity, does anyone in the Florida area grow/sell the Ax variety of dragonfruit?
Thanks, Anthony


While Iím not trying to say that no damage has been done, Iím always sceptical when I see photos that are used to show damage in this way. The before photo shows grassed area, and the after photo shows a bunch of dead trees! Couldnít they get another photo of the exact same grassed area to show the vog damage, or a previous photo of the avocado orchard? While I understand that volcanic gases do considerable damage to vegetation, these pics are just pics, with nothing for comparison. Iíve got trees with with that sort of leaf damage in my yard.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Syzygium ID please?
« on: May 25, 2018, 06:22:16 AM »
I wouldnít have thought theyíd be in bud stage for that long but Iíve never really taken much notice! I just eat the berries when I see them! The bud on the right, with the white showing should be about to open into a nice, fluffy flower🤞🤞

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Syzygium ID please?
« on: May 25, 2018, 04:54:15 AM »
Not sure of the variety, but itís just about to flower. Those are flower buds.👍

Have a look around your neighbourhood for other dragonfruit that are about to flower and collect some pollen from them. Chances are the two flowers on your plant wouldnít pollinate each other any way if they were both alive.  Good luck.


Was thinking of tearing out my Cereus peruvianus plants but they finally put out some fruit. Good size, but ordinary flavour at room temperature. Put some in the fridge to get cold and what a difference a few degrees make! Good watermelon flavour,with a shaved ice texture! I will keep growing these!

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Combining pitayas
« on: April 29, 2018, 04:50:40 AM »
The main factor when it comes to hand pollination is being able to determine which flowers are from which plant. The only variety that you are planting that will be easily distinguishable from the others is the S-8 Sugar Dragon. Once they have all grown together and intertwined, you might have trouble working out which flower belongs to which variety.
I donít know how much area you have to work with, but 5 varieties donít need very much room to grow and produce plenty of fruit. 5 posts, 2ft apart, is plenty of room, and each plant has itís own spot, and when they flower you will know exactly which variety is flowering.
I grew 45 different varieties in an area 12mx 2m, 24m2, and had plenty of flowers and fruit! Not ideal and a bit of a jungle, but thatís the area I had at the time.
Keep em seperated I reckon!

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Dragon Fruit thread.
« on: April 20, 2018, 05:19:48 AM »
I did try it. Was slightly underwhelming but given the plant is quite small and it has been struggling due to the very dry weather, it was ok. Hopefully next season will be more productive. The fruit was only the size of a chickens egg but I was just pleased that it was a pink fleshed Megalanthus variety!

Tropical Fruit Discussion / What citrus is this?
« on: April 18, 2018, 05:35:59 AM »

Can anyone tell me what this citrus is? Picked them up at work, thinking they were limes. Shape was a bit weird but skin colour was green.  Thin skinned and super juicy with a few seeds. Flesh was light orange and flavour was that of a nice grapefruit. Tahitian lime on left.

Temperate Fruit Discussion / Re: What citrus is this?
« on: April 18, 2018, 05:28:02 AM »
This is possibly true, but I donít live in the tropics and citrus here grows pretty much whereever I plant it, in a temperate climate.
Any chance you know what it is?

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Dragon Fruit thread.
« on: April 17, 2018, 06:04:04 AM »

Finally got a fruit to set on my Megalanthus x unknown variety, (Yellow x 68, Mattís Landscape)! Only a very small fruit, possibly due to lack of cross pollination 🤔🤔🤔🤔, not sure if it is self fertile or not.
Was happy to see it had hot pink flesh(not obvious in photo), but flavour was ordinary.
Hopefully next season will be better. Knowing itís a megalanthus with pink flesh will probably encourage me to spoil the plant a bit!

Temperate Fruit Discussion / What citrus is this?
« on: April 17, 2018, 05:54:37 AM »

Picked a few of these up at work (on the right), and I was hoping that someone could tell me what they are.  I thought they were just big limes but when I cut them, they were more orange inside with a nice grapefruit flavour with a few seeds.  Fruit on the left is a Tahitian lime.

Thanks, Anthony

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Dragon Fruit thread.
« on: April 01, 2018, 06:16:40 PM »
Rob, can you share a little more on challenges of growing the giant yellow? I am grafting seedings onto other DF vines and would love to hear more about it.

Rannman, is there a more common name of G2? Not sure if itís available in the states.


G-2 is the only name I know it by, sorry. Donít even remember where I purchased the cutting unfortunately.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Dragon Fruit thread.
« on: April 01, 2018, 05:54:03 AM »
Well said, Rob.
Iíve often wondered why people who are Ďreally keení to get into growing dragonfruit, donít take the time to browse through the 100+ pages of info on this particular thread!
I can honestly say that Iíve read every post on this thread and some posts, two or three times! Any question Iíve had is usually answered 10 fold if you take the time to sit down and read whatís on offer.
Having said that, growing half a dozen varieties is a whole lot more satisfying than focusing on 1 particular variety! Iíve waited all season for my megalanthus to flower(and it has just put out six buds heading into winter), and while waiting, Iíve collected probably 200kg of other varieties over the past 5 months!
More is better in growing dragonfruit!

On a different note, the variety G-2, has been the top pick with everyone who has sampled the varieties Iíve picked this season. Truly a top selection for anyone starting out!

Tropical Fruit Buy, Sell & Trade / Re: Wanted-Caper Seed
« on: March 29, 2018, 06:18:37 AM »
Iíve got some Caper seeds if you are interested. They are a couple of years old but they will be viable.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Dragon Fruit thread.
« on: March 28, 2018, 06:43:56 AM »
Just out of curiosity, is the correct name spelling Halleyís Comet or Hailleís Comet?

Electric fence maybe? Not overly expensive and easy to set up. I donít have a lot of experience with deer but itís good on nearly everything 🤔🤔🤔

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