[NAFEX] Is anyone else growing dragon fruit?
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
>> are not likely helpful, but they might be a consideration in the
> 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,
> Know where Sheldonville is? (a village in West Wrentham). We're
> between there and Diamond Hill.
> Michael Bove
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