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STACEYV1 starts with ...
dragon fruit, can someone please tell me the difference between the two red dragon fruits? is the taste different?

also is says self polinating, does that mean i polinate them or they do it themselves?

thanks for your help
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sternus1 says...
The reds you buy from places such as bunnings will all taste the same.

While the variety you have is claimed be self pollinating, you will considerably increase the number of fruit you get by hand pollinating flowers. You will still get a decent crop if you do not do this however.

You can buy superior dragonfruit varieties here:

http://www.tamborinedragonfruitfarm.com.au/zencart/index.php?main_page=index&cPath=1&zenid=c8c4e6723248f4d2cd66683ac71a8c29
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STACEYV1 says...
thanks for the reply. i was actually looking at buying them here from daleys, they have a couple for sale.
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sternus1 says...
I wouldn't buy dragons from Daleys. They stock bland generic types. It just isn't one of the things they do well. Neither is postage.

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Diana says...
Sternus1- the Mt Tamborine dragonfruit farm looks fantastic. Thanks for posting it. I want to buy one of each (but no room). Do you have any recommendations?

Diana.
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Mike Tr says...
To be fair the red and yellow from Daleys are likely to better than all the whites from Tamborine and the same quality as their reds and yellows.The The tamborine hybrids will have fruit just a little better than standard reds.
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sternus1 says...
Tamborine stocks purples which are considerably better than anything Daleys stocks, particularly scott's purple. Their yellows are megalanthus which taste great but are small and viciously spiny. There is no difference between the Tamborine yellow and the Daleys yellow, same thing.

The red Daleys sell is the standard Guatemalan, which is decent but not game changing. All whites are terrible, I've never had a good one and cannot understand why anybody would choose to grow a white variety.

I have recently added natural mystic to my collection, which is supposed to be one of the better kinds. We'll see if it lives up to the hype.

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vlct says...
gday sternus I have a Scott's purple on the way you recommend it ?
ist more of a red colour ?
cheers
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sternus1 says...
It's good for what we can get nationally. Better than what you'll get at Bunnings or Daleys. It is more red than purple, yes. This is the case with most of the purples, they're often a kind of magenta.

Red Fox sells a variety called Aztec Gem which I'm convinced is Dark Star renamed, which is an excellent variety. I asked the seller if it was and got no reply. What is they say about silencing being further condemnation?

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vlct says...
is that Scotts
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sternus1 says...
No VIct, that's aztec gem, which I think is just dark star renamed.
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Edward says...
We planted the Pearl Dragon Fruit a couple of years ago. It's a Vietnamese variety - red skin, white flesh. This year it produced 10 fruits and they were delicious. Quite sweet. We didn't do any hand pollination. Lovely large white flowers. We would definitely recommend them. They were certainly much more tasty than the red dragon fruit we bought in Coles which was not sweet but rather sourish. But we appreciate that this could be because of storage time in the shop.

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peter3000 says...
got my first flowers today of
scotts purple, citrus, jackey lee, and lemonade,
will have more tomorrow, will see
how they are in about 50 days.
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vlct says...
gday peter..
how old is the purple ?
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Anthony says...
I'm growing both Dark Star and Aztec Gem which have both been purchased from reputable growers and their growth patterns are completely different. I haven't had the pleasure of either fruit yet but judging by the shape of the growth and colouration of plant they won't be close to the same. Growing side by side they are like chalk and cheese. Have just been out for a quick look and I would say that Aztec Gem is almost identical to my Voodoo Child. Same growth pattern, same thorns.

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peter3000 says...
hi vl.
there all just one season old.
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vlct says...
laughing
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peter3000 says...
and your laughing why?
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vlct says...
is an expression!
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vlct says...
Scott's purple is diff than daleys reds ?
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BJ says...
Yeah, its purple, the reds are red. beyond that, the purple has a sweeter taste that some describe as grape like.
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nicg says...
Hi Guys.
I am in Perth WA.
I have a red Dragon fruit that produced 3 beautiful and Tasty fruits a few weeks ago.
I have a Yellow one next to it, same age and size, it has produced 5 sets of flowers at 3-4 week intervals but they blossom and just DIE!!!!!
Very Frustrating!!!
Can anybody offer advice.
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peter3000 says...
yellows are self fertile, are you sure its a yellow, all of mine set fruit
easily.
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peter3000 says...
this is one of my ripening yellows
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Danny333 says...
Hi guys, just thought I'd post a pic of my pink fleshed dragonfruit that I've grown from seed. It's taken nearly 4 years to finally fruit and is self pollinating. Hope the flesh is magenta like the parent plant :)
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Anthony says...
Hey Danny, great stuff. I am looking forward to growing a heap of crossed varieties from seed over the next few years. Glad to see you had the patience to see it through cos I'm sure it is very rewarding to see your new creation come to life. As a collector I would love to get some cuttings from you if it is a pink variety. Let me know how it goes and maybe we can work something out. Thanks in advance.
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MaryT says...
That's exciting, Danny. I have a few cuttings from JohnMc that are still small but I look forward to those spectacular flowers, even if I don't get fruit!
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JohnMc1 says...
Mary, they should have reached the top of a 1200mm high post by now. When you get flowers, as night follows day, you will definitely get fruit, being self pollinating. I got around 30 fruit this year after 30 flowers, did not lose a single fruit.
If you are having problems, I can send you a really long piece, only limited by Aus post.
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MaryT says...
Thanks JohnMc1 - don't worry, my three pieces are still growing, just more sideways than upwards; maybe they need some help. They should get to the top in another year of so :) I think the trouble is there is not a lot of light where they are starting but when they get high they will be fine. Wow; thirty fruit - that is impressive.
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sternus1 says...
Sometimes they'll do that Mary. I have noticed that they tend to branch out if they're over fertilised too.

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MaryT says...
Not guilty, s1. Only worm juice now and then :)
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JohnMc1 says...
Mary, you might be on it, but just in case, prune all offshoots as it grows up the pole. Only let one runner reach the top. After that let it spread. They are a rainforest/understory vine and do well in shade.
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sternus1 says...
Took me 3 trellis before I figured out what John has just said about them doing well in shade. Baking sun will either wipe them out, or at least they'll never do well. They need so, so much more water than a lot of people think. Constant moisture in the soil. They love cow manure.

Ideally, you want the running vines to be shaded, with the upper runners getting filtered light.
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MaryT says...
Well, water may be an issue then. I do water but didn't realise it has special needs. I'd probably watered it less because I think of it as a succulent. Otherwise my plants are in ideal positions :)
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sternus1 says...
yeah mary don't treat it like a proper cactus. it should be treated like a rainforest tree.
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MaryT says...
OK s1; thanks. Will give them more water and see what happens :)
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sternus1 says...
Let me know if you want more, I'll send a cutting down with the fig (getting close).

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MaryT says...
Thanks, s1; I'd better get this lot going first. In any case I doubt if I can accommodate more, especially if these three decides to take off!
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Danny333 says...
Hi everyone, I just picked my first dragonfruit off my seed grown plant. The fruit weighed around 260g each but I expect future fruit might get a little larger as the plant matures.

I'm pretty impressed by the appearance of the fruit with its long green fins and electric pink flesh. It differs a little to the fruit that it came from as the original fruit had much shorter red fins and darker flesh.

The taste was quite nice having a berry / grape flavour.

It's always interesting growing a plant from seed as you always get something a little different :)
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sternus1 says...
Danny I'd like to buy a cutting of that variety if you have any to sell. I can trade something if you'd prefer that.
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Mike Tr says...
It looks a bit like purple haze (in my hand) crossed with ocamponis or a small physical graffiti.
Well done Danny.How sweet was it and do you know what the parent(s) is?
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Danny333 says...
Hi Mike, the flavour was much sweeter than the white varieties you get at Woolies but still not as sweet as something like a mango. The flavour itself was more intense than the white variety too.

As for the parentage, the original fruit came from Singapore ( probably imported from elsewhere in Asia ) and how the seed arrived here in Oz shall forever remain a mystery ;)

I've posted pics of the original fruit compared to my variety.

As for cuttings, I don't really want to start cutting the branches off just yet as the plant isn't very large. But in the future I'm sure I could let a few go :)
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peter3000 says...
these are some of mine and how i
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sorry for wasting space but i cant seem
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Mike Tr says...
Danny here is an ocamponis that looks similar to yours.The Californian types have been in SE Asia a while.Could be one of those.
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Danny333 says...
The ocamponis looks nothing like the fruit I got the seeds from though. The original fruit had dark red skin, very short red fins and dark magenta flesh. It also weighed around 350 - 400g. My variety has deep pink skin, lighter magenta flesh and long green fins.
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Mary and Trevor says...
I have read that you need to fertilise and water the red dragon fruit. I can't see that, we planted one that was 2 stems about a meter high in 2007, three years ago I had 51 fruit, the following year there was 264, I built a trellis 3mtr high, 3mtrs wide and 15mtrs long and now it has taken over my garden.
This year we have has over 500 fruit in the first 3 flowering and now it got excited and has flowered again.
I have never watered it (it lives on rain) and I certainly don't fertilise it.
the fruit is very sweet but you cannot eat that many but with the treatment we have given the jungle it is still a prolific producer. too much in fact
and this year there are over 500 in three lots of flowerings, many we gave away, a lot went to my chickens
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sternus1 says...
As someone who grows a lot of different types, I can say pretty confidently that they all behave differently. Some are crazy slow growing, some are crazy fast given the same treatment and conditions. Every purple I grow, excluding one, is slower than the reds. The thornless yellow has proven to be very fast, I don't grow any whites.
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Diana says...
Hi sternus, Mary and Trevor,
Where dd you get a thornless yellow sternus? Yellows are nice but the thorns are offputting and they have an extra irritant in them as well as being sharp. Have you had some fruit from it?

Mary and Trevor- would you be interested in swapping a cutting for something? Thanks
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MaryT says...
Hi Diana, my yellow DF cuttings came from John Mc who said they make very nice fruit but I have as yet to see any :) Not flowering yet so will report when it happens.
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Nat says...
Does anyone know much about the jade dragonfruits from mt tambourine
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sternus1 says...
Not much, the jade is their own hybrid. I have one growing, but it hasn't fruited.

Definitely check out red fox too nat, they have some good varieties.
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Nat says...
Is the jade self fertile if not would it pollinate with my columbian supreme
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sternus1 says...
The site will tell you if it is self fertile or not. Your Colombian will pollinate it.

Again, Red Fox is worth checking out and has better varieties than Tamborine.
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Nat says...
Can cuttings be purchased online
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sternus1 says...
you have to email them, tell them what you want, and deposit money into their bank--which is heritage.
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VF says...
Hi Nat. I drop in a Tamborine every now and then for fruit. Best tasting ones imo are Jacky Lee (has a real sweet/sour contrast like a raspberry), Lemonade (truly has a old- fashion lemonade taste), Scott's Purple (sort of like a grape lolly), and Pink Diamond ( a small duck-egg size fruit, good all-round 'fruity' sub-acid flavour- can't put my finger on flavour, but is delicious).
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sternus1 says...
I rate scott's purple too VF, great variety, the best aussie variety I've tried.
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Danny333 says...
The pink dragonfruit are coming along nicely. This one weighed 503g, nearly twice the weight of the last ones :) It made the best smoothie, tasted kinda like mulberry. The other fruit on the vine are getting quite a bit larger than the first ones too.
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Grant says...
Hey guys, my yellow DF's have recently started developing yellow spots, wondering if anyone knows what this is and what (if anything) to do about it. It has been cool here lately, but no frost.
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sternus1 says...
Sun or wind damage. Not a fungus, there's too much sun for any fungus to survive in those conditions, especially since you're coastal. It's hard to grow dragons in coastal spots. Have you got this planted in sandy soil with a high salt content?

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Grant says...
Thanks for your reply S. I'm on the western side of the hill here, so not as intensely salty as the village. And fortunately i am in some beautiful red soil. Just ride it out you reckon?
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sternus1 says...
Yeah, not a lot you can do about it unless you cobble up some kind of shading screen. Could be light reflecting off something magnifying the heat causing blistering--a tinted window, something metal, even glossy bare cement/ rendering can act to magnify light.

Shouldn't affect your harvest too much, just make sure it gets plenty of water, and is heavily mulched.Use hardwood chip for this, it's perfect as it holds in moisture but lets water drain through the soil. Fine particle mulches, including straw based kinds, will form a water repelling mat over time, and you'll end up with wet mulch which will rot the base of your dragon and dry soil underneath where the roots need moisture. You can't ever let the soil dry out, and what the roots sit in has to be free draining.

They go mad for fish based liquid fertilisers such as powerfeed, even the pros use this in their drip lines on commercial-scale farms.
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Anthony says...
I have had these spots before on a red flesh variety and I've always thought it was some kind of rust. You might find that the flesh around these spots will turn soft and rot.
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sternus1 says...
Rust is caused by shading and a continuous presence of surface moisture, and generally occurs after period of consistent drizzle and rainfall. Not only can it not take hold without these conditions, but it cannot survive without them once established.It's something that affects things like figs and climbing berries, things like raspberries and youngberries. I'm not even sure that dragons are susceptible to puccinia infections, if they were, they wouldn't get very far in their natural rainforest environment as an understory plant. There's too much sun exposure for rust to be the culprit. It may even be cold damage, as frost can causes similar lesions to those in my experience.

The spots will go soft and rot, and will probably heal over to grey colored, hard callouses. This can be ignored, as it is a cosmetic problem.
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The poster formerly known as... says...
Got this one from Red Fox about four years ago. Only put it in the ground this year and its fruiting well now. It originally fruited in its pot on upright growth along the fence. The fruit is delicious, like a grape cross strawberry. I'm pretty sure it was a seedling as when I went out to Nanango to pick it up there were dozens of seedlings growing in the shade house. Very similar to Azttec Gem and Dark Star in fruit appearance though.
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It's entirely self fruitful, I forgot to add. Which is a big plus! My Rixford didn't set though.
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sternus1 says...
The red fox hybrids are better than tambourines imo.

I actually know where bernice from red fox got her 'original' stock. I have 4 unique cv's from the same breeder, I suspect they are first gens in Aus. A lot of the matts landscape types are going to be bummers in the subtropics--- well that's my prediction for a bunch of them anyway. I have all of a them excluding the whites which I won't grow because they don't rate for me. My Capistrano valley and sin Espinas look promising but who can say.

Anthony has being brix readings on a couple lately and some of the Tamborine types have been disappointing.


These days I'm focused on other fruiting cacti. I have all the high quality opuntia I need, Mexican commercial types etc. I scour the globe looking for good epi fruits but so far I've not turned up much. Some of the columnar fruits such as steno cereus gummosus are reportedly excellent but you'll find a unicorn in Australia before you'll find cuttings.

Scored a really good Harrisia so recently which is never going in the ground because they've got about about as much feral potential as anything could have really. It's not martinii, no idea what it is.

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I'm not so fussed on Brix in DF. Although the sweeter purples are better than the bland whites and standard reds the ones with a bit of tang or citrus or berry notes really attract me more than super high sugar. The first scoop of the fruit this morning had a bit of kick to it, which I liked, but I didn't get that with the rest of the fruit. It is sweet and slightly complex as it is though. I recently got an epi cutting from a friend that he said fruits consistently for him and tastes good, so Im looking forward to getting it going and test them. I thought the DF varieties with colured flowers were crossed with epis at some stage of their genealogy, which is why the flowers are colourful? (eg Bruni or the Jade Red from Tamborine) and why they often fruit poorly?
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sternus1 says...
Dragon breeding is pretty confusing, it's almost impossible to know where the boundaries of heritability end without having a crack at crossing them with other cereus. It's true that most are crossed with epiphyllums, but my guess is that the colour in the fruit is coming from elsewhere--- something columnar. A lot of the candle cacti or barrel cacti produce fruit with electric purple flesh and it's quite possible something from This line has been bred into dragons somewhere along the line.

I've got a rare cereus that bears red fleshed fruit with blue skin--- I don't mean blue in the Grey sense, but actually blue. It's pretty small and perhaps it will never fruit or won't before I've either lost interest or am dead, but if it does, I'll try cross pollinating and grow the seeds and see what happens. Who knows, maybe I'll create a blue skinned Dragon.

I dabble in breeding but I'm not serious business about it. I think to really do it well you need way more patience, organisation and dedication than I have to muster. I suppose the upside to it all is that they get from seed to fruit so quickly unlike virtually everything else.
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I meant the colourful flowered DF varieties as being epi crosses, rather than the coloured fruit. But I guess the colourful flower genes could come from other jungle cacti.

I enjoyed reading about Eckhard Meier's cross breeding on Matts Landscapes site a while ago and thought I'd like to give it a try one day, probably when my kids are a bit older and I've got a bit more time on my hands. I like hand pollinating annonas and the like and I think it is something I'll eventually get into.
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sternus1 says...
I tried following your guide to hand pollinating rollinia but I messed it up somehow. I think I'm still not recognising the males and females correctly, or maybe I'm being too heavy handed. How are you removing the pollen? With a brush?
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Just remove the entire outer flower structure to collect the pollen. Just shake the flower into a small dish. Nothing delicate about the collection part. I'll try to do a video guide to hand pollination of Rollinia in the nex week or so.
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sternus1 says...
Video would be good, a lot of people would tune in. YouTube would be good so it doesn't get bumped off the boards here over time and lost.
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Anthony says...
As far as I know the brix readings are accurate as I have tested mangos at 22 which is apparently at the top of their range. I'm not sure what a dragonfruit at 20+ brix would taste like but they must taste very sweet. Here is the Aztec Gem I picked at 37 days. 16 brix, 220gm and very nice.
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sternus1 says...
Aztec gem has made the cut into my new grove and is rates as the best of the types available in Aus for me. I do like Scott's purple too. It's worth growing. I still think good old Colombian red is a winner too.

Anthony have you had any success with Costa Rican sunset or sin Espinas? Would like a brix report on those two.
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Anthony says...
My Costa Rican sunset is a slow grower and I'm not confident that it will flower this year. Still hoping though but seems to put all its growth into width instead of height. And as for sin espinas, that's one that I don't have as yet. Nowhere to put it yet unfortunately.
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syd says...
Hi,

thanks for all the info you've all shared on dragon fruits. I want to grow a purple/red/magenta(?) dragon,specifically I've eaten the fruit of one here which has an aromatic fragrant perfume when cut and a magical flavour - subtle not noticeably sweet. I'd appreciate your advice on which variety might fit that description. (Ed. it was an intense colour, it looked a bit like the aztec pic above. Didn't remind me of grapes, more fragrant, less sweet)

Also I don't have much space that doesn't get blistering or reflected sun. I could grow it up a wall that doesn't get much sun but gets water runoff dripping on it after heavy rains & gets some late Nth western sun at the top - much less sun to no direct sun if I keep it below 2m high and in a pot. Also in a pot I could move it with the removalist trolley so it gets some Nth sun to keep warmer in winter if that helps.

Due to those constraints, I'm also considering the Tyalgum variety when it's next available (or Frankies) - I could grow Tyalgum in a corner where it gets a touch of Nth sun and a bit Western & NW sun in Winter only. Is it realistic to hang one of those from a hanging pot or dangle it off a verandah without it climbing everywhere like a possessed maniac?

(Ed: gathering the Tyalgum is not a pure dragon fruit? Is it as nice tasting as it sounds? I also have a narrow space I could grow one in the shade - as long it doesn't try climbing - I could bring into the sun in winter)

Thanks heaps for any suggestionns
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Michael Dang says...
In Sydney you get a few days in high 30s and your dragon fruit will get burnt and rot away without any chance of revival especially the vines at the top.This happened to my productive vine so I have to start again in spring which is a bummer.
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Hellen says...
Three varieties of Dragon Fruit / Varieties of Pitaya Fruit exist

All varieties of the dragon fruit plant are vine-like cactus which yields a triangular cross section when cut perpendicular to the direction of growth. All three varities of dragon fruit cactus flower at night, growing best in moderate climates.

White Fleshed / Pink Skinned: Hylocereus undatus

These are perhaps the most common variety of the three varieties of dragon fruit cactus and are slightly to significantly less sweet than the pink or red fleshed pitaya fruit.

White Fleshed / Yellow Skinned: Selenicereus megalanthus

Generally the sweetest of the three varieties of pitaya, and with smaller sized fruits.

Colored Flesh / Pink Skinned: Hylocereus polyrhizus

Of the two pink skinned varieties of pitahaya, the sweeter. Yielding fruits larger than those of the yellow skinned dragon fruit (with fruits up to more than 2 lbs in weight).
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Raphael says...
Hi to you all.
My problem is:-
At first I just liked the flowers did not know that they would produce fruit.
Now I have flowers but even when I try to lend a hand in pollination I do not seem to get the fruit to set, when the flowers starts to die so does the rest of the stem just goes an orange colour and drops off.
What am I doing wrong please, I have been using a blusher brush and make sure that some of the pollen is on before I do the deed.

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Littlegougou says...
Hi
Does anyone have a dragon fruit tree in the inner west Sydney area? Specifically near Strathfield. If you do, do you have any flowers appearing yet and is it possible for me to get some pollen from your flower to fertilize my flowers?

Thanks in advance
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Michael D says...
Trying to buy 4 post for my Dragon fruit to climb up.Went to bunnings and the posts are all treated with copper arsenic.There are so many conflicting sides to the use of CCA treated pine.What are people using ad the pole for their DF trellis?
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Grant says...
Hi Michael I have used a concrete fence post, cheap, very strong and excellent life expectancy! I am yet to make the top for it but will have to soon as the dragons are about 4 weeks away from the top.
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Michael D says...
Hi Grant-Can u buy that from the shop or is it self made with a mould?
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Grant says...
I purchased this post, for the price I paid definitely not worth making!

http://www.concreteposts.com.au/contact/head_office_factory/

Here's a link to their website, not sure where Wakeley is but perhaps there is someone close that makes them or a reseller of these guys.
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Anthony says...
If anyone is interested in a few pics of various Dragonfruit from this years and last years crop you can check out my instagram @lockyervalleydragonfruit . They are all my own pics from my own dragonfruit patch of 50+ varieties and all purchased from reputable growers/suppliers, so are true varieties. Many varieties still to flower this season and a few that I haven’t tried personally. So far it’s been a great season and there should be plenty of fruit to show.
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ivepeters says...
Nice pictures, mine have only just started to bud.
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