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Dragon Fruit Flowers Drop Off

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Danny starts with ...
Why does my dragon plant after flowering for 3 days drop off? Is there anybody who can give me tips... thanks
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Danny
Sarawak, MALAY
9th August 2007 12:00pm
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Kath says...
It could well be a pollination issue. Some pitayas are self pollinating and some require pollen from another pitaya to set fruit. Try growing another plant nearby and see if this helps.
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Kath
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10th August 2007 11:11am
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Danny says...
Dear Kath
Thank you very much for your advice,my tree all the time has flowers and i did the hand pollination,and sometime l exchanged the pollin from the flowers on the same tree yet also failed, is it true because of the spice can't bear fruit? What type of fertilizer good for the tree
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Danny
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13th August 2007 11:49am
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Kath says...
You will need to get the pollen from a different plant and not from your pitaya. Your pitaya requires cross pollination meaning the pollen from a different plant in order to set fruit. Nutrients can be given as a foliar spray or in slow release granuals.
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Kath
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13th August 2007 3:39pm
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Danny says...
Dear Kath
Thanks a lot for your information, l will try to get pollen from other plant and will let you know the result. Another question why sometimes the flower buds before flowering it drop off ?How to plant a good and healthy Dragon tree? What the best fertilizer for it? How to maintain the tree?Thanks
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Danny
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16th August 2007 9:38am
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Kath says...
They grow best in semi humid climates in rich organic soils. Growth and yields are improved if they are given some moisture during the growing season, too much rain or moisture results in flower drop and fruit rot. Keep them dry until the fruits have set and then they can be watered. They respond well to liquid fertilizer or slow release fertilizer. Prune it back once it has finished fruit to encourage a multi stemmed plant.
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Kath
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Danny says...
Dear Kath

What glade of NPK should l use if it is a liquid feterlizer? Thanks a lot Kath

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Danny
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18th August 2007 9:42pm
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Kath says...
A fertilizer with a balance of nitrogen, potassium and phosphorus. Liquid fertilizers like fish emulsion are also very good products to use.
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TONY says...
Hi Kath

I have few dragon fruit but it's not sweet. What fertilizer would you recomment.

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Tony
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ca, usa
28th August 2007 11:55am
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Scott G says...
Danny,
Are you sure you have a Dragon Fruit or could it be another type of night-flowering cactus that looks very similar? I have seen some cacti that are remarkably similar to Dragon Fruit (and I mistakenly grew one once).
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Scott G
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loki says...
i have never eaten a dragon fruit and
i am wanting to know what the tase like. my comasary is carring them now but they are kind of pricy.
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Kath says...
I think they are a little like a delicate kiwi fruit flavour, the yellow one has the most flavour of all of them.
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phil says...
Nurseries in sydney have started selling dragon fruit plants but I'm concerned that it may not be warm enough to get them to fruit here. Any comments?
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18th October 2007 5:36pm
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Kath says...
This could well be the case, if you have a warm protected space they would be worth trying though.
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phil says...
thanks Kath, may give it a go.
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Sam says...
My dragon Fruit plants (3 off) are 3 years old. Each time it flowers either flowers drop off or once the fruit droped off. This time also only one plant has flowers growing on it. Why does the flowers drop off?
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Dekka says...
After recently tasting Yellow Dragon Fruit and liking it, I tried germinating some of the seeds on some wet cotton wool and was surprised how readily they germinated. This made me wonder about their weed potential so I went looking on the net. Hmmm...

http://www.saveourwaterwaysnow.com.au/01_cms/details_pop.asp?ID=785
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sasha says...
Hello Kath. I have been reading your messages on the forum about dragon fruit, you seem to know alot about it. I want to grow a dragon fruit and want to make sure I plant the one with nicest taste. Would you happen to know, which variety of the dragon fruit is nicest for eating red or white flesh with red skin, or yellow ones? I would like to grow a dragon fruit and want to make sure that i am going to put all the effort into a plant that will give nicest eating fruits. My nursery sells all types, and they could not advise me which one is the best for eating and I also could not find it on the internet. I would kindly appreciate if you could let me know if you know. Thank you in advance. Regards, Sasha
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BJ says...
Taste is highly personal. Having said that, most who've tried them all will say Yellow is the best. But it is also the smallest and is very spiky like a cactus. The large reds with white flesh, which I think need hand pollination, are my next pick, then the red/pinks, red/reds, followed by the self pollinating red/whites. I've not yet tried the white skinned white fleshed (as sold by diggers) dfs yet.
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Michael says...
Sasha,

Dragon fruit grows really well in Sydney. I live in the Fairfield area and almost every second asian house is now planting them . Mine is pink with white flesh and is extremley sweet . Much more sweeter than the shops . My neighbour is also pink with white flesh but is very bland. There is a giant yellow skin variety close to 1 kg each sold at the local shops when in season . You can purchase it and use the seeds for something different .
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Nick says...
I was recently on a Thai Airlines flight and was excited to see dragon fruit in their fruit salads!
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Pete says...
This is a rather tropical island at 13 degrees north. I am just starting to plant from cuttings. These are red/red and red/white from Thailand. The soil drains well and I plan to use cow manure on them.

I have also thought to use a hair blower to pollinate. The 80 plants are spaced about 8 feet apart.

Any advice to improve this thought process would be welcomed.
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emz says...
hello,, i just want to know how to prevent the dropping of flowers of my dragon fruit,, thanks
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John Mc says...
It could be a pollination issue.
I was trying to think of a way to describe how I hand pollinate mine, other than describing how I fondle the flower, here's a link I found on youtube that shows exactly how I do it.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iWKolO3YyZE
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Gene-63 says...
I have been growing Dragon Fruit in Lexington, KY for 5 years now and I have the red ones with the white centers and they have a sweet taste to them. I pick them just before or just after they split and then chill them in the fridge overnight before eating.
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Maurice M says...
Hi There, my first flower from a Dragonfruit plant opened up last night. I have 3 plants all with 2 flowers each. Should I do anything about cross pollinating?
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Maurice M
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29th January 2018 9:12am
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Fruitylicious1 says...
Hi Maurice

Some dragon fruits are self pollinating especially the red and purple fleshed varieties. But to increase your chance of having a better yield you need to hand pollinate.

There is plenty of you tube video tutorials on how to hand pollinate dragon fruit flowers. Videos speaks a thousand words more than the printed version.

DF flowers are fleeting thou they only last for one night so better be quick.

Some people found a shortcut to pollinate their DF. They don't need to stay late at night to hand pollinate their DF blossoms. What they do is spray the plant especially the flowering stems with a mixture of honey and water. This brew will attract the ants unwittingly pollinating the flowers as they trudge their way around the plant and into the flowers. After harvest you can eliminate the ants.

As Always....Happy Gardening :-)

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Arielle says...
Love my Dragon fruit first time in fruit just awesome an the perfume was so sweet. Not for South Coast of Australia
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Fruitylicious1 says...
Hi Arielle

I love the way you recycled an old bmx pushbike wheel. Just be watchful because the spokes might slowly cut and damage the branches of your DF as they grow bigger and heavier. I hope you have plenty more success with your lovely pitaya.

Happy gardening :-)
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