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Does Frankies Red Dragonfruit Do Good in FL?
« on: November 23, 2017, 07:37:24 PM »
Does anyone in FL have Frankies Red Dragonfruit? if so how well do they do?

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Re: Does Frankies Red Dragonfruit Do Good in FL?
« Reply #1 on: November 25, 2017, 07:16:22 PM »
I Don't grow it myself but i don't see why it wouldn't grow here in florida... its a tropical plant so it should do fine
only way to find out if to give it a try and see how it turns out over time if you plan to try it keep us updated

I'm going to try growing them myself just need to get some cuttings soon
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Re: Does Frankies Red Dragonfruit Do Good in FL?
« Reply #2 on: November 25, 2017, 09:02:41 PM »
I Don't grow it myself but i don't see why it wouldn't grow here in florida... its a tropical plant so it should do fine
only way to find out if to give it a try and see how it turns out over time if you plan to try it keep us updated

I'm going to try growing them myself just need to get some cuttings soon
Thanks Just the 2 places i found online for them are out until Apr 2018. and while i was waiting i was making sure since only seen on east coast wasnt due to not handling the humidity or something

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Re: Does Frankies Red Dragonfruit Do Good in FL?
« Reply #3 on: November 25, 2017, 09:53:31 PM »
Frankie's Red is a Hylocereus megalanthus and Hylocereus polyrhizus cross.

Here in SoCal Hylocereus megalanthus is one of the Dragon Fruit least tolerant to high heat and cold temperatures.

It has been my experience that Frankie's Red is a slow grower.

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Re: Does Frankies Red Dragonfruit Do Good in FL?
« Reply #4 on: November 25, 2017, 10:08:07 PM »
Frankie's Red is a Hylocereus megalanthus and Hylocereus polyrhizus cross.

Here in SoCal Hylocereus megalanthus is one of the Dragon Fruit least tolerant to high heat and cold temperatures.

It has been my experience that Frankie's Red is a slow grower.
Slow grower, but taste? what i read is a great taste. haven't tried. thanks. i also read stuff shortly about Asunta DF, But not much info where to get. just a couple of youtube videos of Edgar Valdivia. Thanks for input

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Re: Does Frankies Red Dragonfruit Do Good in FL?
« Reply #5 on: November 26, 2017, 12:31:24 AM »
Slow grower, but taste? what i read is a great taste. haven't tried. thanks. i also read stuff shortly about Asunta DF, But not much info where to get. just a couple of youtube videos of Edgar Valdivia. Thanks for input

In a couple of days I will be able to comment on taste.



My first (and only) Frankie's Red fruit.

Don't get me started on "Asunta".  There is not just one variety of Asunta.

There are Edgar's Asunta 1, 2, 3, & 4 and "Asunta" seedlings Edgar gave people who most are calling Asunta 4 & 5.

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Re: Does Frankies Red Dragonfruit Do Good in FL?
« Reply #6 on: November 26, 2017, 06:50:27 AM »
Slow grower, but taste? what i read is a great taste. haven't tried. thanks. i also read stuff shortly about Asunta DF, But not much info where to get. just a couple of youtube videos of Edgar Valdivia. Thanks for input

In a couple of days I will be able to comment on taste.



My first (and only) Frankie's Red fruit.

Don't get me started on "Asunta".  There is not just one variety of Asunta.

There are Edgar's Asunta 1, 2, 3, & 4 and "Asunta" seedlings Edgar gave people who most are calling Asunta 4 & 5.
Thanks i Was able to find out very little info about Asunta DF, but cant wait in a couple of days please update comment on taste. also any insight on the Asunta's thanks
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Re: Does Frankies Red Dragonfruit Do Good in FL?
« Reply #7 on: November 26, 2017, 11:42:02 AM »
Frankie's Red is a Hylocereus megalanthus and Hylocereus polyrhizus cross.

Here in SoCal Hylocereus megalanthus is one of the Dragon Fruit least tolerant to high heat and cold temperatures.

It has been my experience that Frankie's Red is a slow grower.

i remember reading about this one
something stuck in my head about it being LESS tolerant to cold than other DF.
as i thought all megalanthus were also.

http://vric.ucdavis.edu/ucd-access/VC3%20workgroup/VegCropsPT_2016/05_Lobo_VegCropsPT2016.pdf


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Re: Does Frankies Red Dragonfruit Do Good in FL?
« Reply #8 on: November 26, 2017, 03:14:51 PM »
Frankie's Red is a Hylocereus megalanthus and Hylocereus polyrhizus cross.

Here in SoCal Hylocereus megalanthus is one of the Dragon Fruit least tolerant to high heat and cold temperatures.

It has been my experience that Frankie's Red is a slow grower.

i remember reading about this one
something stuck in my head about it being LESS tolerant to cold than other DF.
as i thought all megalanthus were also.

http://vric.ucdavis.edu/ucd-access/VC3%20workgroup/VegCropsPT_2016/05_Lobo_VegCropsPT2016.pdf

Thanks for Sharing the Information

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Re: Does Frankies Red Dragonfruit Do Good in FL?
« Reply #9 on: November 29, 2017, 12:32:32 PM »
Slow grower, but taste? what i read is a great taste. haven't tried. thanks. i also read stuff shortly about Asunta DF, But not much info where to get. just a couple of youtube videos of Edgar Valdivia. Thanks for input

In a couple of days I will be able to comment on taste.



My first (and only) Frankie's Red fruit.

Don't get me started on "Asunta".  There is not just one variety of Asunta.

There are Edgar's Asunta 1, 2, 3, & 4 and "Asunta" seedlings Edgar gave people who most are calling Asunta 4 & 5.
Thanks i Was able to find out very little info about Asunta DF, but cant wait in a couple of days please update comment on taste. also any insight on the Asunta's thanks

Today was the day...
BRIX measured 22
It is a winner... tasted very good,
but not very productive or good grower for me.



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Re: Does Frankies Red Dragonfruit Do Good in FL?
« Reply #10 on: November 29, 2017, 12:48:15 PM »
Slow grower, but taste? what i read is a great taste. haven't tried. thanks. i also read stuff shortly about Asunta DF, But not much info where to get. just a couple of youtube videos of Edgar Valdivia. Thanks for input

In a couple of days I will be able to comment on taste.



My first (and only) Frankie's Red fruit.

Don't get me started on "Asunta".  There is not just one variety of Asunta.

There are Edgar's Asunta 1, 2, 3, & 4 and "Asunta" seedlings Edgar gave people who most are calling Asunta 4 & 5.
Thanks i Was able to find out very little info about Asunta DF, but cant wait in a couple of days please update comment on taste. also any insight on the Asunta's thanks

Today was the day...
BRIX measured 22
It is a winner... tasted very good,
but not very productive or good grower for me.


Man that looks good, and did it taste like something similar to explain? like everyone says one of the Asunta's has a hint of cinnamon,  I love that it looks unique too. Thanks for Sharing info

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Re: Does Frankies Red Dragonfruit Do Good in FL?
« Reply #11 on: November 29, 2017, 05:48:12 PM »
Today was the day...
BRIX measured 22
It is a winner... tasted very good,
but not very productive or good grower for me.



Man that looks good, and did it taste like something similar to explain? like everyone says one of the Asunta's has a hint of cinnamon,  I love that it looks unique too. Thanks for Sharing info

It tasted like Megalanthus, not complex, just sweet. I think that the uniqueness of hybrid and the flesh color are a plus.

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Re: Does Frankies Red Dragonfruit Do Good in FL?
« Reply #12 on: November 29, 2017, 10:40:46 PM »
At my place, it grows and fruits well once established. I got two crops this year, one crop that ripened several months ago and I have another crop ripening now. My plant is severely neglected but it still gave me about 10-15 fruit with the early crop and itís probably got about 10 or more Fruit hanging now.

The Frankieís Red and the H Megalanthus seem to have similar growth rates and once they put on some size, they can grow and branch quickly. These two varieties are are especially good for home growers because they fruit later in the season and can hold on the vine for a long time. Iíve had Dragonfruit year round because Fruit left on the vine will stay good in my cold weather for months.

These two varieties also have thorns on the fruit which is bad for commercial growers but the spines are excellent for deterring critters from eating them.

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« Reply #13 on: November 30, 2017, 10:51:45 AM »
At my place, it grows and fruits well once established. I got two crops this year, one crop that ripened several months ago and I have another crop ripening now. My plant is severely neglected but it still gave me about 10-15 fruit with the early crop and itís probably got about 10 or more Fruit hanging now.

The Frankieís Red and the H Megalanthus seem to have similar growth rates and once they put on some size, they can grow and branch quickly. These two varieties are are especially good for home growers because they fruit later in the season and can hold on the vine for a long time. Iíve had Dragonfruit year round because Fruit left on the vine will stay good in my cold weather for months.

These two varieties also have thorns on the fruit which is bad for commercial growers but the spines are excellent for deterring critters from eating them.

Simon

Year round does sound good since not doing commercial and different types at different times sounds good

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« Reply #14 on: November 30, 2017, 11:40:58 AM »
Yes, itís wonderful to harvest Dragonfruit in Fall and Winter. I just went into the yard and checked my vine and itís got 21 Fruit still hanging in different stages of maturity.
Fully green


Green Yellow, starting to color up

Fully ripe



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Re: Does Frankies Red Dragonfruit Do Good in FL?
« Reply #15 on: March 04, 2019, 05:53:31 PM »
Hi everyone,
I am living in chino hills ca. I am looking for Frankies Red dragon fruit cutting.  Anyone living close by can give me some Frankies Red cutting?

Thanks

 

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