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Flying Dragon fruit set sometime after Thanksgiving
« on: December 30, 2023, 02:58:37 PM »
I was very surprised to see this fruit hanging from my flying dragon tree.  It had to have set not long ago.  I live in Zone 7a in South Central Pa.  Our weather has been consistently 5-10 degrees above normal. They usually set in the middle of spring, right?


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Re: Flying Dragon fruit set sometime after Thanksgiving
« Reply #1 on: December 30, 2023, 03:21:11 PM »
Mine always flowers in spring and then again sometime in summer. The spring fruits are larger and smooth, the summer fruits have a pebbled surface like the one in your picture.

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Re: Flying Dragon fruit set sometime after Thanksgiving
« Reply #2 on: December 30, 2023, 03:23:16 PM »
Interesting....Mine has only been on the tree less than a month.  I check all of my fruit trees weekly. I have 14 different varieties of fruit trees.

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Re: Flying Dragon fruit set sometime after Thanksgiving
« Reply #3 on: December 30, 2023, 03:56:37 PM »
Very nice.  I will have to check the PT I planted in the woods and see if it has any fruit, I haven't checked on it in a while.

I was 6b in Montgomery County, not sure if I was upgraded to 7a with the latest maps

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Re: Flying Dragon fruit set sometime after Thanksgiving
« Reply #4 on: December 30, 2023, 06:09:48 PM »
Mike, your flying dragon thorns are not curved like most of them I have seen, is it a variation from the flying dragon?

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Re: Flying Dragon fruit set sometime after Thanksgiving
« Reply #5 on: December 30, 2023, 06:21:36 PM »
Ah, good observation... it looks like regular poncirus.  Even from flying dragon seed I think only about half of the seeds maintain the curved thorns flying dragon is known for. 

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Re: Flying Dragon fruit set sometime after Thanksgiving
« Reply #6 on: December 30, 2023, 07:42:23 PM »
I do not know enough about Flying Dragon fruit tree to know the difference.  That was what I was told when someone gave it to me.

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Re: Flying Dragon fruit set sometime after Thanksgiving
« Reply #7 on: December 30, 2023, 08:26:12 PM »
If you are growing for the fruit it should be the same :)

The flying dragon subtype is known for its dwarfing effect when used as a rootstock, and has curved thorns and contorted limbs.

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Re: Flying Dragon fruit set sometime after Thanksgiving
« Reply #8 on: December 30, 2023, 08:40:59 PM »
I noticed when I was juicing the FD fruits to get the seeds out, the juice has some strong sticky thing in it. I forgot to rinse the juicer parts after I finished with 100 fruits, and when I tried to clean it a day later it was so difficult to remove the juice/pulp that was still on it.

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Re: Flying Dragon fruit set sometime after Thanksgiving
« Reply #9 on: December 31, 2023, 03:00:07 PM »
I noticed when I was juicing the FD fruits to get the seeds out, the juice has some strong sticky thing in it.
This is the famous poncirus resin, which hardy-hybridizers are trying to get rid of in addition to bitterness and smell. Some ponciruses have more of it, some have less.

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Re: Flying Dragon fruit set sometime after Thanksgiving
« Reply #10 on: December 31, 2023, 03:41:15 PM »
Well one of my neighbor likes to use the FD juice to make some drinks (with alcohol) so I gave him all the juice from the fruits when I removed the seeds.

I noticed when juicing the Carrizo fruits I picked up, it doesn't have that strong resin in it. You can even drink the juice and it is not that bad tasting. The brix reading was 13, still could smell it.

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Re: Flying Dragon fruit set sometime after Thanksgiving
« Reply #11 on: January 02, 2024, 09:02:24 AM »
Well one of my neighbor likes to use the FD juice to make some drinks (with alcohol) so I gave him all the juice from the fruits when I removed the seeds.

I noticed when juicing the Carrizo fruits I picked up, it doesn't have that strong resin in it. You can even drink the juice and it is not that bad tasting. The brix reading was 13, still could smell it.

As it turns out, alcohol breaks poncirus resin down substantially. (As does boiling)

Trifoliate orange makes a decent orange gin, although orange gin takes about five years to age. It's nowhere near as good as seville orange gin (little is), but if you like Earl Grey, it's fine. The result reminds me of bergamot, or perhaps Lemon Pledge.