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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Best refractometer?
« on: December 10, 2020, 04:57:54 AM »
Price will decide which one is best for your needs. If money is no problem, you could spend hundreds, even thousands. If you want pretty much the same results with less expense, $50 should be fine.👍

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Dragonfruit stem discoloration
« on: December 10, 2020, 04:55:19 AM »
It looks to me like they are not getting enough sunlight. Are the plants being grown indoors under artificial light?

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Dragon Fruit Australia
« on: November 17, 2020, 04:25:59 AM »
Unfortunately, thereís also the situation where growers/collectors/nurseries decide to put their own new variety names on already named varieties. Whether they forgot the original name or just wanted some special name for themselves, it ends up making the whole world of dragonfruit more unreliable.
Then youíve got people who grow dragonfruit from seed and give it the same name as the parent plant!
Very difficult to tell the difference these days unfortunately.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Dragon Fruit Australia
« on: November 17, 2020, 03:24:59 AM »

Trying to tell the variety of a dragonfruit just by looking at the fruit is a near impossibility. Take these 3 fruit. All from the same plant(seedling), all look completely different and flesh colour is identical to the parent plant but with a different flavour. 

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Dragon Fruit thread.
« on: October 11, 2020, 04:32:57 AM »
Only a small fruit(100-150gm),  but definitely a top quality dragonfruit. Was a bit late flowering this year. First buds appeared in late August last year. Great cropper. Pretty much has buds constantly throughout the season. Self fertile too!

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Dragon Fruit thread.
« on: October 10, 2020, 05:37:27 AM »

Sugar Dragon putting out its first flowers of the season tonight. Only 2, but plenty more on the way in the next few days. Always a solid producer and one of the best varieties around! 👍


Very small seedling tip grafted onto a 6 year old dragonfruit stem. Was a tricky graft, but the second attempt took. Same time frame again, around 4 weeks before starting to put out new growth.  Middle  pic is most recent.


A very small tip grafted onto a 1 year old, well established Sugar Dragon. Has been sitting dormant for about  a month, but looks to be starting to move. I havenít had one that looks like itís about to send out multiple shoots before.


Just thought Iíd share with everyone some pics of the benefits of grafting young seedlings onto mature rootstock or existing plants. This one is grafted onto a side shoot of a mature plant. The seedling scion was 6 months old,  probably as thick as a pencil when grafted and was held in place by 3 clothes peg. Iíve tried to repeat the process a couple of time but all have failed unfortunately. Luck played a big part Iím thinking. Graft was done on about the 1st of July, so middle of winter. Growth has been impressive and Iím hoping it will flower this summer. Pics didnít load in order,  sorry about that.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Dragon fruit does not fruit
« on: October 03, 2020, 10:19:11 PM »
I had trouble with the American Beauty setting fruit back in the beginning, so Iíve cross pollinated it ever since, mainly to unsure fruit set. Iíll give it another shot at self pollination this year on a more mature plant and see what happens.
On the topic if  self pollination, my Aztec gem needs assistance to set fruit where I live, but the Aztec Gem (grown from one of my cuttings ) at my sisters place 6 hours south, sets fruit with no help at all. Maybe itís climatic 🤷🏻‍♂️🤷🏻‍♂️

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Dragon fruit does not fruit
« on: October 03, 2020, 06:52:16 PM »

Dark Star and Aztec Gem. I doubt they are even closely related.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Dragon fruit does not fruit
« on: October 03, 2020, 05:48:00 PM »
Unfortunately, American Beauty, Delight, Halleyís Comet and Condor arenít self pollinating/self fertile in my experience. Very few varieties are. Columbian Supreme, Vietnamese White, Sugar Dragon, Frankieís Red and Megalanthus are the only varieties in my collection of 50 named varieties that donít need to be hand pollinated.

Frankieís Red and Aztec Gem are two completely different varieties. Both are great varieties. As far as I am aware, Aztec Gem was created by Bernice at Red Fox Dragonfruit in Nanango. I purchased my original Aztec Gem cutting from her probably 10 - 12 years ago. I would say itís very closely related to Pink Panther or Voodoo Child. But better!

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Dragon fruit does not fruit
« on: October 03, 2020, 05:30:15 AM »
Any dragonfruit that flowers will set fruit if itís pollinated in the correct way with pollen from a different variety. In my experience, the fruit will also be larger as a result of cross pollination, with the exception of self fertile varieties. I cross pollinate every flower I have, if I have pollen available, and fruit set is never a problem.
If people think dragonfruit are overrated trash, then they havenít tried decent, homegrown dragonfruit. Varieties like Aztec Gem, Delight, Blush, Halleyís Comet, Frankieís Red, White Sapp, G-2, Pink Panther, Sugar  Dragon and Physical Graffiti are all worth growing, along with plenty of other varieties. Most of these need to be cross pollinated, but the end result is definitely worth it.
Anyone putting in the time to develop new, self pollinating varieties using any of the above varieties as crosses is onto a good thing.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Planting Abiu seeds . . .
« on: October 03, 2020, 05:06:38 AM »
I just grew 4 Abiu seeds(very fresh, straight from the fruit) before winter in South east Queensland, Australia, and I did nothing special for them . I scarified the seeds and soaked them for 3-4 days in water. I then planted them laying on their side, about an inch deep in pots. Germination in about 2 weeks. Survived the winter and are planted in the ground now.

Iíve had multiple mango seedlings flower and fruit in the third summer. A few have flowered in the second summer and set fruit, but fruit was removed to promote growth. 👍👍

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Dragon fruit flower interesting observation.
« on: September 04, 2020, 09:52:49 PM »

I do see it occasionally on my Sugar Dragon but not all the time.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Dragon fruit id
« on: September 02, 2020, 06:20:54 AM »
Itís definitely dragonfruit!👍

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Dragon Fruit thread.
« on: August 19, 2020, 03:23:35 AM »
So I got multiple varieties from Cal Poly and one other source but I find their info slightly controversial or possibly incorrect.

I got:
American Beauty
Dark star
Edgarís Baby
Physical Graffiti 
Purple Haze

How would you guys classify these as self pollination, sterile, etc?
I got very limited space and want to know what Iím trying to grow 3 years ahead of time.   I will probably be only planting a few of the higher recommendations.  I donít mind giving away a few to friends that donít make the cut.  Iím already reconsidering Edgarís Baby as itís so thorny.
None of those varieties are self pollinating for me in Australia.

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. 👍

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