[NAFEX] Is anyone else growing dragon fruit?

h black hblack1925 at fastmail.fm
Sun Sep 30 22:00:12 EDT 2007

I'm pretty sure I have a Hylocereus but I got it primarily for the blooms. 
It is spectacularly beautiful.  I get fruits, which are red and about the 
size of a medium plum if I hang the plants outside where they can be 
pollinated.  I grow them in hanging baskets and have had maybe 4 fruits per 
plant.  I expect mine, being selected as ornamentals, are not the finest 
fruit.  I found them a bit like prickly pears, kind of insipid.  I do keep 
them pruned - they seem to bloom best if kept dry over winter (from Jan thru 
March or longer)
Hector Black, zone 6 middle TN.    They're outside all summer in baskets.
----- Original Message ----- 
From: "V. Michael Bove Jr." <vmb at teakettlefarm.com>
To: "North American Fruit Explorers" <nafex at lists.ibiblio.org>
Sent: Sunday, September 30, 2007 6:49 PM
Subject: Re: [NAFEX] Is anyone else growing dragon fruit?

> On Sep 30, 2007, at 7:48 PM, S & E Hills wrote:
>>  Is new growth
>> tender (can it be trained if one starts early?)  I'm picturing
>> giving it a
>> tomatoe cage like structure to be trained around?   I know such
>> wonderings
>> are not likely helpful, but they might be a consideration in the
>> future.
> The answer is, sort of.  The new growth comes out about 2" thick so
> it's already somewhat stiff.  Also note that if it touches anything
> like wood or masonry it almost instantly produces a huge mass of
> roots that anchor it to the surface (which might be helpful in
> training but likely is not where you want it attached).  This is
> certainly a learning experience for us...
>> RI/Mass border, huh?  Which area, Woonsocket, Attleboro, Pawtucket,
>> Chepachet?
> Know where Sheldonville is?  (a village in West Wrentham). We're
> between there and Diamond Hill.
> Best,
> Michael Bove
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