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I have a dragon fruit plant which i think will have the red outer with the white inner flesh. It was given to me by a friend who grows them but every time it flowers it does not set fruit, the flowers/slash fruit goes yellow and falls off. It is in a raised bed but the soil is dark and slightly heavy, it only gets watered every third day or so. Can you give me some clues as to what might be wrong
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Andrew c says...
Hi dragon fruit need hand pollination for the fruit to set or you can have a light on it over night to attract the moths. YouTube have some good vids on how to hand pollinate the flowers. Best done at night from what I have heard. Cheers
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Mike Tr says...
I never pollinate mine but there are plenty of insects and I have a few self pollinating types.Hand pollination could be the key but there may be soil pH or nutrient problems needing correction.
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Mike Tr says...
I ate this one today.It's origin is a bit hazy.
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gimme says...
nice mike :P

Can you (or someone else) spare a cutting of a premium pink or purple flesh variety? Something with flavour? I don't want to start collecting dragonfruit so if u can recommend one or two superior types, that would save me a lot of space!
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Mike Tr says...
gimme unfortunately I am not growing pinks and purples just receiving excess fruit from a friend who does grow them. I only have plainer types and my specialty is eating them.
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gimme says...
No worries mike. Anyone have a primo dragonfruit cutting for me I will be happy to trade for something.
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VF says...
Hi Gimme, I may be able to help. Contact me at vfand3atgmaildotcom. It may be a few days before I get back to you - not much on computer these days.
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sternus1 says...
Gimme I can send you thornless yellow right now if you're after them.

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gimme says...
How does it compare to the thorny yellow. I grow that one already and I like it a lot.
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sternus1 says...
Not sure, mine hasn't fruited. I have discovered that there are a few different thornless yellows going around and they are not all created equal. Time will tell how good mine is.

You know, Red fox sell a variety of purple that is spectacular. It is called aztec gem, very, very deep purple and tastes like tuti fruti. Should be more well known than it is, and no doubt will be one day.

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gimme says...
Thanks will follow it up :)
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sternus1 says...
You def. won't be disappointed. It's a really smooth type too, virtually spine-free.

Just be prepared for a bank deposit, red fox don't have paypal or a credit card system, and unfortunately go through heritage bank which can be an issue when trying to direct transfer online (it was for me, I'm with suncorp).
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gimme says...
Will dragonfruit flower and fruit if I grow it in a pot but don't let it climb, just let it form a huge trunk? I have seen photos of it done...
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sternus1 says...
you'd need some type of support. They don't develop trunks,the picture you saw was probably one that did have a support of some kind which was covered by a bunch of epiphytes and therefore obscured. Very large and old ones do have a kind of woody base, but it's pretty far from a proper trunk.

They tend not to fruit before the start to weep downwards. Just cut the bottom put of a big pot and place this over a pole cemented into the ground, fill with soil and voila.
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gimme says...
This is the pic I saw . But also I noticed that one of the dragonfruit I have growing on a post is about to flower at ground level which made me think it's possible.
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Andrew c says...
Wow this thread is really getting interesting I didn't know Dragon fruit can grow like that? It looks like there are several in the pot?
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gimme says...
Yeah, looks legit...? I'm gonna try it with a few varieties anyway cos I don't have anywhere to plant out
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Andrew c says...
Looks as though the weeping plant has been turned upside down and planted in the pot with the weeping arms tied up?
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sternus1 says...
Gimme, that isn't going to work for you. If you look at the plants, they are very thick, which means they are very old. Whoever has done that has taken very large cuttings from an old plant and planted them that way. Mature and old cuttings will often set fruit before they put out new growth; I recently had a cutting do this, it was only a foot long. The fruit dropped off, because I didn't hold off on the water.

A vine (for lack of a better word) has to weigh at least 10 pounds before it will fruit. Those weigh more than that--considerably more. Unless you are able to procure some very old cuttings, you will not get the same result for a very, very long time, and will find yourself doing a lot of pruning.

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Mike Tr says...
The picture is of how they sell them in Vietnam.They are not plants just the most fruitful tips and bound together in a decorative way.No dragonfruit will fruit that way.
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gimme says...
I thought they looked well rooted in those pots thought :( I guess I'll have to put more posts up at work
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sternus1 says...
Gimme somebody posted a pic here a while back of a very good sized dragon growing in a hanging pot. Might be something worth thinking about, my only criticism is that this would make fertilization tricky but a liquid fertilizer might solve this entirely. I've never tried it. Plant appeared to be in good health.
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gimme says...
I did see thAt photo. Might be a good way to collect varieties until I have my own land. If they can fruit in a container/basket it would just be a bonus. Bloody crows got to my first red fruit this week. :(
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peter3000 says...
type in dragon fruit in the
search the forum box above
open the first thread from 2007
scroll down to a post from micheal
26 feb 2010
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Mike Tr says...
All this reading is making me hungry.I might compare a fruit a friend grew with one of mine.
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TMary says...
Mike those are unbelievable colours!!
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Mike Tr says...
Mary if you prefer subtle hues then this type might be of interest.
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TMary says...
Mike they look so different; do they have distinctive flavours? John Mc gave me some cuttings but no flowers yet.
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Andrew c says...
Looks like a beautiful piece of agate for the lapidarists among us :)
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Mike Tr says...
The flavours of most are rather subtle but some are quite sweet with berry,melon,grape and kiwi fruit tastes. Each type is a bit different and the spiny yellows have a lemonade flavour going on.The sure tart up a fruit salad or should I say sweeten it.
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MaryT says...
Thanks, Mike. They sure are beautiful.
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JohnMc1 says...
Mary, your cutting is from a Vietnamese df farm that closed down, partly due to, in my opinion, incompetence by the new inexperienced owner. All the vines were knocked over and ploughed into the ground. Luckily, he sold me a couple of full size vines before they were all destroyed. You will love the size (consistently 1kg +) and beautiful sweet taste and texture of the fruit. The supermarket varieties don't even enter the equation. It's hard to imagine that there's nicer, sweeter varieties out there.
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MaryT says...
Thanks, JohnMc1 :) I look forward to flowers and fruit one day. After planting them upside down initially they are finally allowed to grow the right way up and hopefully will reward me for it :)
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sternus1 says...
Andrew do you do many cabochons? I have a piece of purple indonesian amber which I would like cabbed, and I'm happy to pay for the service.
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Andrew c says...
Sternus1 unfortunately not anymore don't have the equipment. Worth checking your local lapidary club maybe?
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JohnMc1 says...
This vine was casually growing over a fence not far from my place. I tried the fruit last year, it's smallish, about the size of a tennis ball, pink/yellow skin, white inside. Taste OK.
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VF says...
A very healthy looking plant John, so many flowers. Hope all mine look like that one day...
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gimme says...
This is the Colombian red flesh from birdwood. There was also a flower at ground level but it fell off.
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MaryT says...
gimme that looks promising - please post photo when it opens :)

John Mc your photo is inspiring - is it a wild one or over the fence from someone's property? Would love to achieve this.
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JohnMc1 says...
Mary, that pic was from a vine that escaped over the fence. Luckily it's not in a high traffic area. The vine was loaded with ripe fruit when I found it last year. It appears that no-one was interested in the fruit, but I'll front the owners this year and see why they are growing it, and maybe bag some fruit.
Mine, on the other hand, is coming into it's third flush of flowers with the first about two weeks away from ripening.
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MaryT says...
Sounds exciting, John. Mine is not doing much, still trying to climb up the fence but it's grown. I'm a little bit scare of it so have not been giving it too much encouragement. :)
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Robert says...
Thanks for the info i will give it a try
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gimme says...
Some pics of yellow dragonfruit flower opening as I left work tonight and a red cutting that has decided to try And flower in its pot
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joshua says...
Hi all. In going to do an order from three lucky mountians farm in Philippines. I'm in gold coast Australia. I'm looking for others to share the order and freight costs. They have successfully sent boxes to Queensland many times. This is the info I have received from them.

Some of what we have collected from many countries
Around 50 more will be available soon




1. ARMANDO $15
2. AUSTRALIAN RED $15
3. BLACK DF $30
4. CHAMELEON $30
5. DESERT KING $30
6. G2 $10
7. Green Skin Red F lesh $25
8. Green Skin White Flesh $20
9. GUATEMALAN RED $15
10. GOLDEN DRAGON $20
11. GODZILLA $15
12. HAWAIIAN orange $30
13. HAWAIIAN RED $15
14. HAWAIIAN PINK $15
15. KOREAN WHITE $15
16. MARIA ROSA $15
17. MR.WOO $15
18. MANILA RED $15
19. PERUVIAN YELLOW $30
20. PINK FLESH $15
21. PURPLE 8 $15
22. ROYAL RED $15
23. RUBY RED $15
24. S8 $15
25. MOROCCAN RED $15
26. SWEET 21 $30
27. THAI DRAGON $15
28. TRISH RED $15
29. TOWNSEND PINK $15
30. WHITE KING $15
31. VIET RED $15
32. VIET KING $15
33. THAI YELLOW $25
34. PHOENIX RED $15
35. MEXICAN RED $15
36. American Beauty $15
37. Asunta-1 $15
38. Ax $15
39. Bien Hoa Red $15
40. Bruni $15
41. Caribbean Pink $15
42. Cebra $10
43. Lisa $15
44. Condor $15
45. Connie Mayer $15
46. Cosmic Charlie $15
47. Costarican Sunset $15
48. Dark Star $15
49. Delight $15
50. Mr. Woo $15
51. Seoul Kitchen $15
52. Natural Mystic $15
53. Nicaraguan Red $15
54. Ocamponis $15
55. Orejona $15
56. Palora ( minimum of 10 cuttings imported from Ecuador) $40
57. Physical Graffiti $15
58. Pink Panther $15
59. Pink Flesh $15
60. voodoo child $15
61. Country road $15
62. purple haze $15
63. San Ignacio $15
64. Edgar $15
65. El Grullo $15

Air shipping takes around 10 days
Costs $88 3 kilogram box
$105 5 kilogram box
Around 20 cuttings per 5 kg
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