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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Dragon Fruit Australia
« on: July 07, 2020, 05:12:34 AM »
A group of Aussie dragonfruit fanatics have recently started the Dragon Fruit Australia facebook page. Since there are plenty of keen new growers in Oz, I directed them here to check out the Dragonfruit thread. It was a wealth of  great info for me when I first started down the road to my dragonfruit addiction. Hopefully the new growers in Australia can learn as much from the Tropical Fruit Forum as I did. 👍

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Jackfruit in container problems
« on: June 27, 2020, 04:34:24 AM »
What soil is in that pot? It looks a bit too heavy for a plant in a pot. A bigger pot and some lighter potting mix would possibly do wonders. It should be growing like crazy in summer! If you are able to plant in ground, I would do that. Iíve got 3 year old Jakfruit in the ground over 12ft tall. Way better in the ground if you can.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Dragon Fruit thread.
« on: June 14, 2020, 04:37:54 AM »
You are overthinking this, which we can all do on occasion. The best thing to do is just let the new growth keep growing. Tie something around the plant and the post(I use strips of old cotton sheets or bath towels), and every few days tighten it up a bit. This will slowly pull the plant toward the post without breaking it. Itís always best to tie them in case the wind causes them to break. Hope this helps👍

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Dragon Fruit thread.
« on: June 06, 2020, 04:35:52 AM »
Plastic bag with some paper towel in it, before they open. Works every time👍. Big job for a large scale operation, but if youíre wanting to try a new variety, itís the way to go.

Are those flowers actually blue, or more purple?

Iím pretty sure that fruit is set.
 The Physical Graffiti that I grow is definitely not self fertile but in saying that, it will occasionally set a fruit with no help from me. When I cross pollinate the flowers I get 100% fruit set almost all of the time. I assume that any fruit that appeared on unpollinated flowers(by me), are the result of insect carrying pollen from somewhere else.
If I left my P.Graffiti to the bees, Iíd have little to no fruit.

According to Mattís Landscape, Cereus Validus is white fleshed.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Need help with my dragonfruit!
« on: February 29, 2020, 04:56:32 AM »
Looks like sunburn. It wonít kill the plant, but if it goes all mushy, just cut the bad bit out (donít cut the centre core), or hit it with the hose to blast the rot away. 👍

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Making peace with the rabbits
« on: February 26, 2020, 03:03:57 AM »

This is what the hares have done to my mangoes and dragonfruit during our insane dry spell. Also chewed into everything else in the yard. Citrus, pineapples, frangipanis, ficus ,pecans and nearly every other plant I grow. Needless to say, Iíve got chicken wire everywhere.

Temperate Fruit Buy, Sell, & Trade / Re: Cosmic Crisp apple
« on: December 01, 2019, 04:22:59 AM »
Sorry. Posted in the wrong spot. 😬

Temperate Fruit Buy, Sell, & Trade / Cosmic Crisp apple
« on: December 01, 2019, 04:20:26 AM »
So, whatís the story on this new variety? The big news in Oz is that it can keep for up to 12 months in the fridge😳😳😳😳. Only being grown in Washington State for the next 10 years with 12 million planted already. Must be good.

If that was my S-8, I would cut it back and let it start fresh.
Then plant the cutting.👍

I donít find that one particular pollinator is better than any other in terms of achieving fruit set. I find that varieties like Vietnamese White and Sugar Dragon are the most preferred pollinators due to the amount of flowers they produce on a regular basis, and the amount of pollen produced by each flower. Some varieties I grow produce little or no pollen, but the small amount that they can produce will pollinate other varieties successfully. As long as the varieties being pollinated are different, there shouldnít be a problem.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Dragon Fruit thread.
« on: October 02, 2019, 05:22:59 AM »

The bees hit my flowers in the early afternoon before the flowers even open. Crawling past the stamen to get at the pollen. By the time I go out at 10pm there is generally no pollen left. I generally have to bag a few flowers to ensure pollen.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Dragon Fruit thread.
« on: September 08, 2019, 04:40:29 AM »
I apologize if itís not OK to ask but does anyone know if Mattís landscaping is closed?

I just found out that Mattslandscaping Epicacti Nursery in Fallbrook, CA is closed.

Not sure whatís happening with Mattís Landscape, but his website is still active and I could still place an order if I wanted to🤷‍♂️🤷‍♂️🤷‍♂️🤷‍♂️

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Dragon Fruit thread.
« on: September 03, 2019, 06:06:52 AM »
 Columbian Supreme is definitely one of my favourite reds! Has a perfumey, musky flavour that I really enjoy. The wife not so keen on it though, so itís a personal thing I suppose.

Frankieís Red has never not set fruit for me, even when flowering in winter when nothing is flowering. There are very few varieties that will set fruit without help, which is why Iím the crazy neighbor with the headlamp, wandering around the yard in the middle of the night! 🤪🤪

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Dragon Fruit thread.
« on: September 02, 2019, 03:54:36 AM »
Pink Panther isnít self pollinating for me in Australia. My self pollinating varieties are Columbian Supreme, Yellow megalanthus, Frankieís Red, Vietnamese White, and Sugar Dragon .

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Black Dragon Fruit
« on: July 07, 2019, 12:24:40 AM »
This variety is legit, but given its very spiny skin I doubt it could ever be grown commercially. It is available in the US but would be fairly difficult to track down, I think. If you could breed the spines out of it and keep the flavour, I think it would be a great piece of fruit.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Dragon Fruit thread.
« on: July 06, 2019, 05:41:39 PM »
If the variety you are talking about is actually ĎSugar Dragoní, it wonít take much pollinating. You could probably sleep in and do it in the morning 👍👍

The only pics that seem to show anything bad are the first 2, and it looks like you already cut the infected sections off. In my opinion, 4 inches(10cm), is far too deep to plant cuttings. Any green part of the plant that is below the surface of the soil is going to be a risk of rotting or disease. I plant my cuttings just on top of the soil, maybe 1-2 mm deep, and only after they have well and truly healed.
Watering twice a week is probably too much as well. Cuttings will go for months without any water at all, so Iíd cut back a bit just to be safe.
Some of the discoloured areas just look like hardening of the skin area, which generally happens at ground level. If itís not getting soft and mushy, itís probably still ok.👍👍

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Black Dragon Fruit
« on: June 30, 2019, 04:01:33 AM »
Just out of curiosity, where did you find the picture?

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Black Dragon Fruit
« on: June 29, 2019, 06:34:32 PM »
Not sure who named it Black Dragonfruit, but it is actually purple skinned👍

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Black Dragon Fruit
« on: June 29, 2019, 06:32:55 PM »
That was grown by me, at Lockyer Valley Dragonfruit, and the pic is from my Instagram page . Itís an Ocamponis x coniflorus, and is super spikey. The spines donít come off the skin and are very sharp. Only a small fruit, similar in size to S.Dragon, with firm flesh and a rosewater flavour.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: What type of fruit tree is this ?
« on: June 29, 2019, 05:59:22 AM »
Thatís what I thought! Nice shade tree though. And super tough!

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: What type of fruit tree is this ?
« on: June 29, 2019, 03:43:44 AM »
There you go! Iíve learned something new today. Our Tuckeroo is the same as your Carrotwood. Didnít know you could eat the fruit🤔🤔👍.  Native to Australia apparently.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: What type of fruit tree is this ?
« on: June 28, 2019, 05:16:30 PM »
Iím pretty sure itís what we call a Tuckeroo in Australia.

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