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  • From: "Lon J. Rombough" <>
  • To: North American Fruit Explorers <>
  • Subject: Re: [NAFEX] Is anyone else growing dragon fruit?
  • Date: Sun, 30 Sep 2007 14:10:09 -0700

There is a discussion group for Hylocereus, aka "Pitaya" run by Leo Manuel. Go to
It's an unusual fruit in the U.S., but in the tropics it's very widely grown. The people on the list estimate there are as many as 20,000 varieties of it worldwide.
-Lon Rombough
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On Sep 30, 2007, at 1:26 PM, V. Michael Bove, Jr. wrote:

After a trip to Taiwan last year (where I got hooked on the very
civilized practice of eating Hylocereus fruits for breakfast), I
decided to install a dragon fruit plant in my greenhouse. It grew
slowly and overwintered nicely in a 5-gallon pot with a small trellis
in it, but when I put it outside for the summer it threw out six-foot
branches in all directions. There's no way that wild flailing needly
thing is going back inside until I tame it a bit. Has anyone any
pruning or tying-back experience to share? Thanks!
Michael Bove
Teakettle Farm, Z6 (MA/RI border)

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