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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Fruiting Epiphyllum's.
« on: May 13, 2015, 07:51:49 AM »
This topic has drawn my interest for a while now and info on fruiting epis seems to be difficult to find. In this thread I'm looking for good/great fruit from named epis from growers who have a solid reputation. Not maybes or I think!! A lot of epis have excellent fruit with great hybrid potential.
This is one I've crossed already. Epi has the texture of Turkish Delight and similar flavour.  Variety is Argus, sourced from Matts Landscape.  Not huge but very nice.




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Some say it's an acquired taste but capers(the unopened flower) and the caper berry(the fruit) are very tasty. Great with fish, pasta and as a topping on pizza.

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I can't help you with fresh seed as my dog trashed my plants this season and they failed to flower. I do have a heap of seed from last summer if you are interested.

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Morning Starling. I can't offer any real advice but I'll be watching closely as I plan to be doing the same thing in the next 12 months. I've narrowed my selection down to about 4 varieties that I will grow and will plant as many of each as I can cram into 1 - 1.5 acres.

Excellent! Solidarity!

I'm not really sure which varieties to grow out. I guess they would have to be good producers, reliable, and hardy above all else. I was thinking definitely Colombian red and possibly Aztec gem....but I wonder if the small fruit size of AG would be a deterrent from a market perspective? It's delicious, but small. I actually can't think of a better tasting dragon.

Would like to farm Frankie's but  man, is it ever slow. I have not seen any images of it cropping profusely either.
I think the best thing about the smaller Dragonfruit varieties such as Aztec Gem, is the size itself. Great snack size and at a per kilo price you get a bunch of small fruit as opposed to 1 big fruit? Perfect for kids lunch boxes and stuff like that. Get the kids onto Dragonfruit while they are young and they'll eat them forever.

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Morning Starling. I can't offer any real advice but I'll be watching closely as I plan to be doing the same thing in the next 12 months. I've narrowed my selection down to about 4 varieties that I will grow and will plant as many of each as I can cram into 1 - 1.5 acres.

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: mass spectrum botanicals???
« on: April 18, 2015, 12:22:39 AM »
What's his other thread. Unfortunately for him, I don't see it going much different to this one.

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Hey Starling.  Have you tried the fruit from that Epi? Is it as good as Daley's say it is.

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: mass spectrum botanicals???
« on: March 24, 2015, 06:45:13 PM »
After my great disappointment when the Natural Mystic (from Dann at Mass Spectrum) I grew  gave a plain white fleshed fruit, I hesitantly cut into my first American Beauty fruit(cutting from Dann as well) and it is white fleshed as well. Thanks for nothing Dann.

Left fruit, supposed to be Natural Mystic, right fruit supposed to be American Beauty. I think not Dann!

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: mass spectrum botanicals???
« on: February 06, 2015, 02:44:24 AM »
I ordered dragon fruit cuttings from Dann at mass spectrum about 2 years ago and I am quite disappointed with the results. After a lot of  back and forth for quite a while my cuttings arrived in poor condition. Nursed them back to health and 2 years later I picked a huge Natural Mystic fruit. With pure WHITE flesh. 2 years down the drain. Not happy.

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Hi Mike. What are the two cut varieties?

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Eating Dragonfruit pollen???
« on: December 29, 2014, 05:54:37 AM »
As a keen grower of Dragonfruit, I was wondering if anyone had given any thought to using the large amounts of pollen available for human consumption. I know there is a lot of talk about bee pollen and its associated health benefits and it would seem to me that fresh pollen should be just as beneficial as bee pollen, and for some months of the year, much easier to collect. Any thoughts?

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: what variety is this dragonfruit?
« on: December 24, 2014, 04:59:34 PM »
Hand pollinating all flowers at the moment and crossing if there is available pollen. This is more to ensure that I get fruit set than anything else as they were all cuttings last year and I want to make sure that they are what they say they are. The big columbian is one of my favourites and mine has just started to flower. Good things to come. Merry Christmas.

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: what variety is this dragonfruit?
« on: December 24, 2014, 04:29:56 AM »




Just thought I'd put up a pic of the self sterile white variety that grows along the rocks at our local beach. 28 days from pollination, 660gm and brix of 13. Not super sweet but very refreshing. Strong lemon flavour. The white was pollinated at the same time as the Pink Diamond beside it, with each other's pollen.

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: what variety is this dragonfruit?
« on: December 23, 2014, 08:53:41 PM »
This is where stuff gets confusing. I have 4 different varieties that exhibit flat, Epi style growth but my Pink Panther is all thick, three sided growth. Flat growth on Sugardragon, Purple Haze, Cosmic Charlie and Halleys Comet. All visibly different plants and all purchased from a very reliable grower .

Rann those things are posted btw.
Thanks for that. Hope you have a great Xmas.

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: what variety is this dragonfruit?
« on: December 23, 2014, 08:47:35 PM »
This is where stuff gets confusing. I have 4 different varieties that exhibit flat, Epi style growth but my Pink Panther is all thick, three sided growth. Flat growth on Sugardragon, Purple Haze, Cosmic Charlie and Halleys Comet. All visibly different plants and all purchased from a very reliable grower . 

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: what variety is this dragonfruit?
« on: December 23, 2014, 08:10:13 PM »
The only picture I could find of Pink Panther was on Leo Manuel' s yard tour 10/26/12, on this forum. Only shows the outside of the fruit and a little bit of plant growth attached to the fruit. The fruit is covered by numerous thorns. Very hard to find pictures of this particular variety. Maybe the Aztec Gem and the Red Fox Pink are the seedlings of Pink Panther rather than cutting grown plants from the original Pink Panther, since I assume they are both from Red Fox in Nanango and have similar but not identical features. As far as I am aware the Pink Diamond variety grown by Tamborine dragonfruit farm is a seedling from an original Pink Panther fruit. I haven't seen any spines on it but the fruits are pretty impressive in size and colour.

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: what variety is this dragonfruit?
« on: December 23, 2014, 04:25:47 AM »


Thanks guys the skin is dull orange when ripe.Rannman that one does look similar and mine has no spines.
I didn't realise it had spines but they were there towards the base of the fruit. About 1cm long, very fine and hard to see unless you are looking for them(on young fruit). Pretty fragile and easy to accidentally knock off. Plant growth looks almost identical. Haven't seen a ripe fruit yet but will soon so will post a pic when it happens. Supposed to be a small but tasty fruit.

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: what variety is this dragonfruit?
« on: December 23, 2014, 03:38:28 AM »
Is this it??


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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: what variety is this dragonfruit?
« on: December 23, 2014, 03:20:21 AM »




I can't remember where I got one of my dragonfruit from.It is small and sweet tasting and I presume a yellow x red.It is fairly distinctive and does the variety or look ring any bells with anyone?
Hi Mike, looks exactly like my Aztec Gem that I picked up from Red fox at Nanango. I have my first 4 fruit on now. Does it have spines on the base of the fruit?

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Thornless would be ideal. Fruit must be red. Buying.

cheers

Will split expenses with you if you can get your hands on the red.

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Dragon Fruit thread.
« on: November 02, 2014, 09:44:31 PM »
Just out of curiosity, does anyone have an opinion on whether an Epiphyllum/Hylocereus cross fruit would have a longer ripening time compared to a Hylocereus fruit?? 


This plant was grown from Asunta seed.

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Dragon Fruit thread.
« on: October 26, 2014, 08:16:46 AM »
Hi. I just thought I'd share a photo of an Australian grown variety called Jade Red. Quite easy to look at.




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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Dragonfruit disease.
« on: October 23, 2014, 07:02:59 AM »
I thought that would be the case. Would you recommend systemic treatment or just a spray over the affected area?

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Dragonfruit disease.
« on: October 23, 2014, 02:26:08 AM »


Hi. I'm wondering if anyone knows anything about this type of thing or has ever seen it before. It has appeared on one of my plants and starts out as a small reddish brown dot and slowly radiates out from the centre in a circular fashion. Sometimes it will appear as an smudge with no shape at all. Affected area isn't raised or swollen. Up close when cut out, the discoloration seems to be in the veins of the flesh. Doesn't seem to affect the growth of the plant unless it occasionally starts to rot, at which point I cut it out and bin it. Plants growing close by have remained unaffected. Any ideas???

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Dragon Fruit thread.
« on: September 08, 2014, 09:47:44 PM »
They are flowers.

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