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I've been repotting my epiphytic cacti recently and am statting to run out of room. I'm wondering if David Bowie and Roger Meyer dragon fruits are worth the royal treatment? I have others like Asunta, Zamorano,  etc.

I can only vouch for good flavor on the Roger Meyer, Cereus sp. cactus apple. I have never tried his dragon fruit selections.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Is the Longan tree wind-intolerant?
« on: June 19, 2018, 05:29:11 PM »
Yeah Longan is noticeably more resistant to drought and wind then Lychees.

first i've heard of Jaltomata. taste good?

I have not tried the fruit yet, I am growing it this year. I have expectations the fruit quality should be close to cape gooseberry.

Jaltomata cajacayensis and many of the Jaltomata sp. do this too very well.

So this tragedy has us focusing on a rather small area of the Big island and some of the many things that were going on there.  I realize that Kona has a very different climate, not appropriate for many of the projects that have been lost with this event.  But what about the other side of Hilo?  Are there lots of projects over there, and if not, why?

Cost of land mainly, its much cheaper per acre down in Puna then in Hilo and north of Hilo.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Wow - neat trick, Pachycereus.
« on: June 05, 2018, 09:31:12 PM »
I have tried a small amount of the fruit in the wild in Mexico. The fruit is pretty large, but those spines are really annoying also the seeds are really large for a cacti. At least the outer shell is not to hard to remove with tools. The colors of the flesh is really nice red, magenta, and purple. I talked to the locals they do not normally eat them, because there is much better fruit available around the same time Stenocereus sp. I tasted a small amount of semi dried its pretty sweet tasting with not to much depth of flavors, I would say its average in taste. Fruiting season is in May to June.

The ancient indigenous tribes semi cultivated these cacti in Mexico near Jalpa, MX, the pictures are taken at an ancient civilization site.

I am getting a high germination of seeds +70% in most sections. All seeds are hand selected from recently flesh fruit and separated by color and have been tested for high germination rates.

I have Pitaya de Zacatecas, Stenocereus queretaroensis seeds for sale that are separated by color. $10 per seed packet of +30 seeds + shipping cost. I have Orange, Red, Purple, and White fleshed fruits.

Information and pictures regarding the collection of the seeds can be found here;

I am getting really impressive germination rates 2 days after planting some of the seeds. Probably around 30% germination within 2 days, not very common with other cacti seeds I have germinated (of course they are fresh seeds).

Great video of the lava eruption in Hawaii.

Most of all my seedlings I planted in sugar sand (lower fertility soil) are doing well. This is a strong plant that can tolerant drought. I also noticed it has no problem growing within 2ft from the base of an oak tree. No fruits yet, I anticipate maybe in a few years they are growing in slightly neglected conditions. Can handle light frost it seems without issue.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Wax Jambu anyone?
« on: May 24, 2018, 08:04:25 PM »

Its a great fruit it just tends to blend in with the rest of the other good fruits. It does not have any unique distinctive traits.

I have test grafted one to a pereskia sp.  Rootstock it does seem to speed up somewhat. The Stenocereus queretaroensis is already a pretty fast growing cacti though.  Push it along with plenty of sunlight, warm temps, and water with diluted fertilizer.

I intend to start germinating more seeds separated on color and larger fruit.

When you say "fast growing" - can you quantify that in terms of height per year or some other metric?

45mm height and 20mm diameter measured from inside fins on the larger ones of the batch from germination August 2017. I have not repot them in larger containers, they are in smaller cone tainers. I have noticed the seedlings started to gain mass more quickly around a year in age. Btw Karen, I noticed your cacti interest list on another forum. Add Escontria chiotilla, Gymnocalycium saglionis (I got seeds as well trying to germinate, I saw you mention it. I believe this one has potential). Skip Myrtillocactus geometrizans, there is better cacti with more potential.

I have to get my calpers out review the germination date. I can update later today.

I have test grafted one to a pereskia sp.  Rootstock it does seem to speed up somewhat. The Stenocereus queretaroensis is already a pretty fast growing cacti though.  Push it along with plenty of sunlight, warm temps, and water with diluted fertilizer.

I intend to start germinating more seeds separated on color and larger fruit.

I have no cuttings, not allowed due to restrictions. I do have seeds and seedlings. I have collected seeds from the larger tastier fruits.  The seedlings I have are from pitaya de jalisco strains from Raul seeds.

There are small spines on the fruit which are easily removed when the fruit is ripe.  The fruit is taken off the cacti with a pole with a cage.  The spine removing procedure can be seen on some youtube video.

Yes the rain season is primary in the summer. The primary growing regions in Zacatecas are zone 10a and 10b. I talk to locals and they informed me that light brief frosts are not uncommon in the area.

I feel that if the roots were kept dry in the winter and the plants were in a micro climate zone 9b should not be an issue and zone 9a may be possible with protection and micro climate.

I saw 4ft single column cuttings holding fruits. I did not go to the prime growing fields but did see some wild plants growing.

I went fruit hunting in Zacatecas during peak pitaya season. Here are pictures of the surrounding areas of southern Zacatecas (Jalpa, Juchipila, Santa Rosa, and the pitayas from the surrounding areas).

The growing area is mainly a zone 9B to 10A, light frosts can occur in the area (I believe these are strains of Stenocereus queretaroensis). I am told that the Zacatecas pitayas are tastier fruit strains then the surrounding states (I can't vouch on that statement, can be based on pride in the region).

The fruit is mainly sweet with a texture similar to a premium perfectly ripe dark fig. The flavor surpasses dragon fruit in sweetness and flavor. Certain selections can have a slightly acidic component to them. The color flesh range is Yellow, Orange, Red, Purple, White, and Lavender (rarer strain type). The size varies depending on growing conditions and strain, the premium cultivated selections can get as big as a duck eggs with most averaging sizes around medium to large chicken eggs.

Climate is semi arid tropical and subtropical. Season starts in May last till June. Excessive rain can sour the crop and cause crop failure from what the locals have said. Prime locations would be  zone +9A Southern California, Southern Arizona, Las Vegas, NV, Southern zone +9A Texas. The cacti may work as well in parts in Florida if its in a well drained full sun area, if the dry season last until late May. There is also the possibility of exploring different seedling variations that may fruit earlier or resist excess moisture issues related to fruit quality.

Look into Haksap berry,  If you have not grown it yet.  I think fits perfect with your climate.  Also good varieties of kadsura sp.  May be interesting and worthy to grow.

I have germinated a couple in the past. I have a few seeds left I will try to germinate again.  I recommend you use a small hack saw to cut the shell.  Also I lost my first batch of seedlings to rot. I grew them indoors and they did not like the peat based mix.

Yes it should root with properly calloused cuttings.

Pretty sure that nursery is old footage from the 2014 flow.  As of this moment (and that could change literally at anytime), the lava is only in Leilani subdivision.  Plenty of shaking going on though. I had to run outside for the 6.9.  That was scary.

Picture 30, someones fruit farm in direct path of the lava flow   :'(.

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