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Re: Dragon Fruit thread.
« Reply #325 on: November 24, 2013, 04:27:32 AM »
Hi everyone! I just try for the first time a dragonfruit! I buy it as a red vietnamese pitaya (but was white inside). It was very expensive (21,99E/Kg) with a weight of 352g. I like it! Not a great flavour but very fresh and mildly sweet... Just hope to try the really red ones!  ::)

 


Luis, the price is huge! I bought one whiteflessed DF last week in the local SM for 7,50€/kg and I thought the price was very high.  It was a big one 600-700g and imported from Cyprus! I didn't know that in Cyprus they produce DF in a commercial scale
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« Reply #326 on: November 24, 2013, 09:26:12 AM »
Yes Mike the price is really too much! And it's the only place i see selling dragonfruit... i payed 7,50euros for this fruit. That's why i will try to produce it, first for myself and then to sell it 5 euros max. But evem feijoa or mangosteen they sell for more than 20 euros/Kg.

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Re: Dragon Fruit thread.
« Reply #327 on: November 29, 2013, 11:33:43 AM »
My new cutts that Sven gently send me!!!  ;D Neon

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« Reply #328 on: November 29, 2013, 04:30:38 PM »
Luis,

Nice addition to your growing DF collection. Soon you can start selling the fresh fruits back to the market and the cuttings to nurseries, making your $$$ back 10x ;)

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« Reply #329 on: November 30, 2013, 04:40:13 AM »
Luis,

Nice addition to your growing DF collection. Soon you can start selling the fresh fruits back to the market and the cuttings to nurseries, making your $$$ back 10x ;)
Thao my friend, this is one of my intentions, to sell dragonfruit on faire/small price to small fruit sellers... very few people know this fruit here because it's very expensive, and it's so good to health...  :) what do you think?

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« Reply #330 on: November 30, 2013, 12:30:59 PM »
Luis,

Agree, sell to small fruit vendors, is better than those big chain stores. You'll make more that way, if sold to the big store, they would want whole sale price, then you don't get your money's worth. And when they start selling your fruits, they will charge like that price you had bough that one fruit above. So, thy'll make more than you, unless, you have an abundance of plant's producing, then maybe whole sale would be an option, but for now, going small fruit vendor is a good idea.

Yes, they also have healthy benefits as well, i'm just not aware of which ones exactly. Haven't done much research of their health benefits, but every time, have looked up on DF. They mention some of the benefits.

Good luck and would love a report, once your plants gets going. :D

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« Reply #331 on: November 30, 2013, 01:46:18 PM »
The best dragon fruit photo album i know! http://www.flickr.com/photos/adalmoro/sets/  ;D

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Re: Dragon Fruit thread.
« Reply #332 on: November 30, 2013, 02:36:17 PM »
For first time i see this yellow dragon in a store. Very expensive as usual (17 euros/Kg) this time from Colombia, but the flavour just turn me on!!!  :P :P :P 


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Re: Dragon Fruit thread.
« Reply #333 on: November 30, 2013, 06:12:20 PM »
17E kg? Get those suckers in some horse poop pronto!

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« Reply #334 on: November 30, 2013, 11:43:32 PM »
I'm very very ashamed...  :-[ :-[ :-[

Don't be ashamed....  I got my first Dragon Fruit cutting from a cactus vendor at a "flea market". 
He sold me a big cutting he said had white fruit and explained how to plant (root) the cutting.
6 months later I figured out that he had told me the wrong end to place in the potting soil!

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« Reply #335 on: December 01, 2013, 12:14:02 AM »
I went outside to check my dragon fruit trellis and train/ tie up some new growth and found these babies growing underneath!!!
I have been tossing the decaying flowers and the small fruits that aborted after not developing into the pot so maybe could it be possible that after they rotted the seeds germinated?? Just amazing to me. This trellis is now approaching 2 years old on Dec 31st and it's doing great. I got 2 dozen fruit off it this fall and they were all well over a pound with the highest brix reading at 18.6 (you have to click on pictures of the babies to open it then click on it again to get it to open to full screen...they are tiny!)



Do you have an idea how long you expect the post on your trellis to last?

I have had to replace some 4 x 4 fence posts after only 8 years.

I decided to make my own concrete posts.


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Re: Dragon Fruit thread.
« Reply #336 on: December 01, 2013, 07:48:14 AM »
Thank you for tips!  ;)

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Re: Dragon Fruit thread.
« Reply #337 on: December 01, 2013, 09:19:15 AM »
Pytaia pitaya pitaia 001

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Re: Dragon Fruit thread.
« Reply #338 on: December 01, 2013, 09:44:08 AM »
Polinização de pitaya.

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Re: Dragon Fruit thread.
« Reply #339 on: December 01, 2013, 01:51:14 PM »
Hello to all,

I'm a new member (indicated by Luis Port from Portugal) ...

I hope to learn and share information about pitayas / dragon fruits.

I am a collector of this fruit and hope to find people interested in exchanging quality plants.

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Re: Dragon Fruit thread.
« Reply #340 on: December 01, 2013, 03:13:40 PM »
Hello to all,

I'm a new member (indicated by Luis Port from Portugal) ...

I hope to learn and share information about pitayas / dragon fruits.

I am a collector of this fruit and hope to find people interested in exchanging quality plants.
It's great to see you here! You will love this fórum!  ;D

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Re: Dragon Fruit thread.
« Reply #341 on: December 01, 2013, 07:24:23 PM »
One of the better videos on Dragon Fruit from mattslandscape.com

A 2010 video tour of the UCCE Irvine,Ca. Pitahaya test reseach fields.

pitahaya reseach field tour part 1 la woman.wmv


There is no part 2.


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Re: Dragon Fruit thread.
« Reply #342 on: December 01, 2013, 07:45:54 PM »
Another "great" video ;)  (I am joking) on 2012 Pitahaya/Dragon Fruit Festival fruit tasting and cutting exchange.
This one is by by ricshaw.  ::) 



Dragon Fruit Festival participants are lucky to get to taste so many different varieties and take home free cuttings!

« Last Edit: December 01, 2013, 07:53:57 PM by ricshaw »

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« Reply #343 on: December 01, 2013, 11:51:58 PM »
What a great idea, I wish they had Dragon Fruit tastings around here in S. Florida, USA. In this way, anyone could decide which is the best quality, best tasting, sweetest fruit to grow.
'Virtue' should be taught, learned and propagated, in order to save others and oneself.

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« Reply #344 on: December 02, 2013, 12:56:50 AM »
What a great idea, I wish they had Dragon Fruit tastings around here in S. Florida, USA. In this way, anyone could decide which is the best quality, best tasting, sweetest fruit to grow.

Yes, taste is subjective.  What taste good to me, might not be your favorite. Also the sweetest Dragon Fruit might not taste the best.

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Re: Dragon Fruit thread.
« Reply #345 on: December 03, 2013, 12:48:42 PM »
Peruvian Apple Cactus Fruit aka Columnar Cactus Fruit aka Pitya

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Re: Dragon Fruit thread.
« Reply #346 on: December 10, 2013, 02:54:57 AM »
Do DF plants need to be replanted every so often, because they are too old to fruit?

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« Reply #347 on: December 10, 2013, 08:15:43 AM »
Hi nch,

I’ve never heard of them needing replanting.  I know of several plants that have been quite old that still flowered and fruited well.  As long as they are well watered and fertilized they usually produce copious amounts of new growth and flowers

George Emerich in Fallbrook had a plant that was about 20 feet tall and maybe 25 feet across that flowered and fruited well every year.  He had 250 fruit on it one year just from the flowers he could reach from the ground. 

Sven

Here is a picture of George I found on the internet standing next to his plant



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Re: Dragon Fruit thread.
« Reply #348 on: December 10, 2013, 08:22:36 AM »
I'm very very ashamed...  :-[ :-[ :-[

Don't be ashamed....  I got my first Dragon Fruit cutting from a cactus vendor at a "flea market". 
He sold me a big cutting he said had white fruit and explained how to plant (root) the cutting.
6 months later I figured out that he had told me the wrong end to place in the potting soil!

Many of us have done this.  I've had upside-down cuttings actually send roots out the bottom (which is up in the air) and they will start growing down towards the soil.  When I take cuttings I always try to label them at the bottom of the cutting with a sharpie so I know which end is up.

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Re: Dragon Fruit thread.
« Reply #349 on: December 10, 2013, 12:14:11 PM »
Thank you, Sven. It's comforting to know

 

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