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Do you thin your dragon fruit flower buds?
« on: September 15, 2023, 12:34:45 AM »
My plants have quite a few flowe buds right now, i wonder if i should remove a few, there are some branches with more than 2-3 on them, in close proximity.
One person suggested i should leave no more that 2 per branch. I really dont want to remove any as i dont know which one could be succesfull at hand pollination. The first 5 flowers all set fruit, the second 5, on both plants, sll aborted, despite the mix of pollen between the 2, my mother pollinated the failed ones. I wonder what went wrong with those....
Anyway, i would like to keep them becouse of having more potential for fruit .
The set fruit from the very first flowers are also visible.

















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Re: Do you thin your dragon fruit flower buds?
« Reply #1 on: September 15, 2023, 11:12:47 AM »
No, I don't. I pollinate all of them because the failure rate is somewhat high on pollination / set. If it's a small plant, I may thin fruit per branch, but now that I have huge plants I will let them hold all of them.

Restrict watering after pollination for a week, seems to really help.

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Re: Do you thin your dragon fruit flower buds?
« Reply #2 on: September 15, 2023, 11:20:33 AM »
Thanks, that were my toughts also. I alredy see some odd yellowing on several buds so i quess the massacre is about to begin.....

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Re: Do you thin your dragon fruit flower buds?
« Reply #3 on: September 15, 2023, 11:23:11 AM »
I alredy see some odd yellowing on several buds so i quess the massacre is about to begin.....

If little buds go yellow I'll push them off, it's satisfying. I caution you to be confident that the fruit has actually set or not, I often lose them a week or two after pollination. Sometimes even 3-4 weeks later. If the bud is wiggly at all, it will fall off and it's not a set. If it's firmly attached, it's set.

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Re: Do you thin your dragon fruit flower buds?
« Reply #4 on: September 15, 2023, 11:47:59 AM »
Yes, the first flowers did set definitely, they are visible in the photos, the fruits are getting bigger. The second row of flowers looked like they did take in the start, they even had the separation line of the flower. Later, they got yellower and wiggly and soft, i removed them before they yellowed all the way.
The new buds i am seeing some yellow on are still firm and do look kinda fine though, will leave them a little bit longer, will let them decide what to do....

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Re: Do you thin your dragon fruit flower buds?
« Reply #5 on: September 17, 2023, 02:41:45 PM »
I thin them when the fruit is at decent size that can be determined if it will be a big fruit or not.  If it is going to be a small fruit, I remove it. 

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Re: Do you thin your dragon fruit flower buds?
« Reply #6 on: September 17, 2023, 02:53:04 PM »
I had several yellowing ones on both plants, removed them as soon as i was sertain they were to be aborted.
Well, i am not that fussy about fruit size, i would be happy with big fruits, but i woudnt remove some of them as to have a few bigger ones. Its hard enought to grow them here, dont want to be that picky...

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Re: Do you thin your dragon fruit flower buds?
« Reply #7 on: September 17, 2023, 11:07:50 PM »
I had several yellowing ones on both plants, removed them as soon as i was sertain they were to be aborted.
Well, i am not that fussy about fruit size, i would be happy with big fruits, but i woudnt remove some of them as to have a few bigger ones. Its hard enought to grow them here, dont want to be that picky...

My family is spoiled.  They won't eat small fruits, lol.

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Re: Do you thin your dragon fruit flower buds?
« Reply #8 on: September 18, 2023, 01:38:34 AM »
I had several yellowing ones on both plants, removed them as soon as i was sertain they were to be aborted.
Well, i am not that fussy about fruit size, i would be happy with big fruits, but i woudnt remove some of them as to have a few bigger ones. Its hard enought to grow them here, dont want to be that picky...

My family is spoiled.  They won't eat small fruits, lol.



Haha, i may change my mind, if i find myself in overabundance one day, i do thin for bigger fruit, but only stuff like nectarines and apple's.

 

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