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  • From: "h black" <>
  • To: "North American Fruit Explorers" <>
  • Subject: Re: [NAFEX] Is anyone else growing dragon fruit?
  • Date: Sun, 30 Sep 2007 21:00:12 -0500

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." <>
To: "North American Fruit Explorers" <>
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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