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Buy Kool Aid, it's easier to get, tastes sweeter and better, and leave the rest of the "kool-aid" growers to their own likes.

Seriously, I've said it before I have yet to have a DF that tasted half as good as a prickly pear. I know the kool aid grower / drinkers will bash me, "Find a GOOD one" but I always ask why? There are just Sooo many really good fruits that DF aren't even a blip on my radar screen.
Just going to say you have a unique taste to like a prickly pear and not a dragon fruit, that normally is backwards but like i stated before some go for flavor some go for sweetness so like mangoes there is no one great mango everyone loves as number 1 due to there taste preference

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Anyone knows how to get a Sugar Dragon plant in South Florida?
Sugar Dragon is a good for south florida but just want to let you know the fruit are much smaller then your normally used to

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I am thinking of giving dragon fruits a try in my backyard. What are the varieties that produce well, without hand pollination, in South Florida and have really good flavor? Thanks..
for flavor or just sweetness since they are different and what kinda flavor are you looking for?

I have only eaten a few of the fruits and they were not really sweet. but i enjoyed them. I am looking for two varieties that are productive and also have good flavor, not just plain sweetness.  Anything that you would recommend?
If on facebook here is a group that can see more details on each since like mangoes certain people like certain kinds and others like different kinds https://www.facebook.com/groups/373619656486562/

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: pineapple top planting
« on: October 11, 2018, 03:08:50 PM »
What kind of fertilizer does everyone use?  Mostly feeding via the roots or you are foliar feeding or both?
u do both but i find they like the foliar feeding better

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Also depends on variety some get fruit within a year some take 18 months some longer, depends on how you grow also with weather since that also has a factor

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: pineapple top planting
« on: October 11, 2018, 01:10:49 PM »
Pineapples are the easiest plant in florida, they can easily get revived if not looking great

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I am thinking of giving dragon fruits a try in my backyard. What are the varieties that produce well, without hand pollination, in South Florida and have really good flavor? Thanks..
for flavor or just sweetness since they are different and what kinda flavor are you looking for?

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Tropical Fruit Buy, Sell & Trade / Re: Selling Dragon Fruit Cuttings
« on: October 11, 2018, 12:59:34 PM »
Recommendations for a top quality one that will self pollinate?  I’ve planted several that flower regularly but only rarely do I get a fruit.
The one true Self Fertile that is known is the Vietnamese white Dragon Fruit. Most have to be crossed pollinated

I've had fruit on a solitary American Beauty flower without hand pollinating. I did have a light out on it (time-lapsed the flower), which attracted some insects.
https://vimeo.com
Yes American Beauty and others are also known, but the size and amount is not same as the Vietnamese white dragon fruit. So hopefully that makes sense for you

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Tropical Fruit Buy, Sell & Trade / Re: Dragon Fruit Cuttings for Sale
« on: October 11, 2018, 09:32:12 AM »
Wish I would’ve seen this before everything sold out. & wish I would’ve known you’re local too
Maybe next time :)

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Tropical Fruit Buy, Sell & Trade / Re: Dragon Fruit Cuttings for Sale
« on: October 09, 2018, 08:16:34 AM »
Updated List, and sold out most at at Local Rare Fruit Council, Thanks

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SORRY NO SHIPPING TO INDIA
Show them the starting price right here from USPS
If they are unwilling be pay shipping starting at $59.95USD for shipping then it is a waste for both sides
https://postcalc.usps.com/Calculator/MailServices?country=10197&ccode=IN&omil=False&dmil=False&mdt=10%2F5%2F2018&mdz=14%3A59&m=7&dvi=40&p=4&o=0&rect=False&l=26&h=5&w=6&g=6

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Pot size for pineapple tops?
« on: October 03, 2018, 11:49:59 AM »
Are there any benefits to growing in a larger container? larger fruit? more fruit? quicker time to maturity?

Mine are scattered between 3 and 7 gal pots. One is in a partially filled 15 gal. Think its time to downsize.
If feed they grow faster from side shoots which can get fruit within 1 year in South Florida the roots after done in 3Gal is where i would leave it and some that are better in 7 Gal but 1 gallon hasnt given me the size of fruit
but also depends on the variety of pineapple

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Tropical Fruit Buy, Sell & Trade / Re: Dragon Fruit Cuttings for Sale
« on: October 02, 2018, 04:40:26 PM »
Will have some more cuttings put on if not sold at Local Rare Fruit Council this weekend for the heads up

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: price for Asunta 1
« on: October 02, 2018, 04:27:45 PM »
Dollar, Pen, and Large Flat Rate Box used to show size of the cutting

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / price for Asunta 1
« on: October 02, 2018, 04:26:53 PM »
Hello i am asking for your opinions on this Asunta 1 that is just over 4' in length on a good price to sell this weekend, Thanks

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No shipping to India sorry.  I have people in India asking me tons of questions about all kinds of stuff Im selling then never order anything. 

Please dont waste my time.
That happens more then usual

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Pot size for pineapple tops?
« on: September 30, 2018, 09:43:14 AM »
About 6 months ago we started our pineapple tops in 10" 2gal pots and they are doing very well. We are thinking we may need to step up the pot size. What is an adequate size pot to finish them out in?
3 Gal is the Minimum i grow them in

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Dragon Fruit thread.
« on: September 30, 2018, 09:42:14 AM »
In southwest Florida I've been seeing flower drop on DF within a few days of opening, and on inspection the buds are infested with fruit fly larvae. I don't have an exact Id but they look similar to the fruit flies seen on guava. The life cycle of of most fruit flies is they hatch in 1-3 days after eggs are laid and larvae life about a week so the eggs were likely laid around bloom time possibly while in bloom or shortly before. This variety is light pink fleshed. Interesting to note is that nearby white fleshed varieties never seem to be bothered by fruit flies. About 1/2 of buds on this bloom held without the flies.

Has anyone else experienced fruit fly in DF flowers and found a solution?
of the 50 Varieties i grow in south Florida never had a problem with white flies, but i will go knock on wood to ensure it does not happen to me
Not white flies, fruit fly maggots (larvae).
No problems with anything in SE Florida on the 50 Varieties grown except for a Caterpillar eating one and sprayed BT and it made a comeback

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Dragon Fruit thread.
« on: September 29, 2018, 07:51:46 AM »
In southwest Florida I've been seeing flower drop on DF within a few days of opening, and on inspection the buds are infested with fruit fly larvae. I don't have an exact Id but they look similar to the fruit flies seen on guava. The life cycle of of most fruit flies is they hatch in 1-3 days after eggs are laid and larvae life about a week so the eggs were likely laid around bloom time possibly while in bloom or shortly before. This variety is light pink fleshed. Interesting to note is that nearby white fleshed varieties never seem to be bothered by fruit flies. About 1/2 of buds on this bloom held without the flies.

Has anyone else experienced fruit fly in DF flowers and found a solution?
of the 50 Varieties i grow in south Florida never had a problem with white flies, but i will go knock on wood to ensure it does not happen to me

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Yellow Dragon Fruit variety.
« on: September 24, 2018, 12:37:59 PM »
Heres some giant yellow megalanthus cuttings.  Just to illustrate there are different yellow megalanthus types.  These vines are larger and have more but smaller thorns.




Thanks Brad, I don't think I ever seen that kind of Yellow Megalanthus in South Florida. I have been to the Rare Fruit council tree sales and the one I keep seeing is the "Yellow Dragon" that I have.
Next Spring sale i will be having those, just not for the fall sale

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Yellow Dragon Fruit variety.
« on: September 22, 2018, 08:56:02 AM »

I bought this yellow dragon fruit in Big Island, Hawaii. Brought some seeds back and grown for four years from seeds.  All my fruits from the yellow dragon fruit seedlings are red inside and outside, not yellow outside and white inside . .lol. it is reversed to the parents.  But the fruits are more sweeter than the one I got in Hawaii.

That is always a plus to taste better on any variety and then they are a new variety,

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Yellow Dragon Fruit variety.
« on: September 21, 2018, 06:17:29 PM »
Here is the vine of the "Yellow Dragon" I have. So what I have is Selenicereus Megalanthus/yellow Hylocereus megalanthus?

Looks like Megalanthus to me.  Does not look like yellow Undatus.

Thanks! Undatus is not as sweet as Megalanthus. So what I'm growing is what I'm wanted after all. Hopefully I will get some fruit next year to confirm. The yellow one is very slow growing!!!! (compare to my Purple Haze and Natural Mystic).
Also the one you think is named after a bad group was named after
 Carol Wallace: It was name after a beautiful place red soil with rolling hills in Australia & Isis is name after God

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Yellow Dragon Fruit variety.
« on: September 20, 2018, 08:31:23 PM »
Here is the vine of the "Yellow Dragon" I have. So what I have is Selenicereus Megalanthus/yellow Hylocereus megalanthus?



 ::) :o ::)

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Tropical Fruit Buy, Sell & Trade / Re: Dragon Fruit Cuttings for Sale
« on: September 20, 2018, 12:30:11 PM »
updated list

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Dragon Fruit thread.
« on: September 20, 2018, 12:27:23 PM »
Just getting started with Dragon Fruit. Have not yet read all 114 pages of this thread but iwll knock out a chunk tonight.
Has anyone used any hormones on these to make them bud or branch out?

something like BAP?

Or anyone try Coconut water as a natural cytokine for this type of thing?

I have a night blooming cereus which is in the family I believe, I get blooms on that thing ever few months. Are these similar to Cereus? If so I think I'll be good to go.
there is no need, but here is a facebook group to help with growing
https://www.facebook.com/groups/373619656486562/

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