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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!


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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.

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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?

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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!

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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

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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.

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

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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!

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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.

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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?

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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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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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