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Dragon Fruit in Arizona
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Hyperfalls



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PostPosted: Wed Mar 28, 2012 6:35 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

One more photo.


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PostPosted: Wed Mar 28, 2012 9:22 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Seems like a palo verde with its open canopy is perfect for pitahayas.
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PostPosted: Fri Apr 06, 2012 6:53 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Agreed, but if anyone is serious about getting fruit, a trellis is the way to go. Because I don't want to go 10 ft up a tree.
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PostPosted: Sat Apr 07, 2012 12:30 pm    Post subject: Growing Pitahayas aka Dragon Fruit in Phoenix Arizona Reply with quote

Al Falkenstein from the fruit club grows lots of them and he has posts with wires between them and then a T up top to provide support for a shade cloth or frost protection. Here is a photo of his setup.

http://www.azrfg.org/festivalOfFruit/tours.html#falk

He got hit fairly hard by the freeze the winter before last, but overall he's had a lot of success. I found his red varieties really nice tasting, and I'm normally not a big fan of pitahaya's.
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PostPosted: Sat Apr 07, 2012 4:20 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Cool set up. I have my trellis under a tree for filtered light. Also most dragon fruit (although great looking) are tasteless, the red, purple, and yellow colored dragon fruits tend to be the sweetest.
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PostPosted: Wed Sep 05, 2012 2:59 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I figured I would post updates of the plant here. This plant is a little over 3 years old, and this is the first time it has 'almost' flowered.


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PostPosted: Thu Sep 06, 2012 9:48 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Looking good!
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PostPosted: Tue Sep 11, 2012 9:03 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

First flower bloomed, not exactly what I planned but it works because my variety is self fruitful.


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PostPosted: Wed Sep 12, 2012 8:55 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I have a dragon fruit climbing my lemon tree. I just kind of threw it under there for lack of better place to put it when a friend gave it to me. It grows fairly slowly. Probably not enough sun, but still alive. Were you expecting a red flower?
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PostPosted: Wed Sep 12, 2012 9:42 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Que flower number two.


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PostPosted: Wed Sep 12, 2012 9:46 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Yeah, sun is most likely it's problem, 25% is probably ideal. Also no I didn't expect a red flower, although that would be quite interesting to see as well. I believe there is a named variety called 'Connie Mayer' that has purple flowers.
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PostPosted: Sat Sep 15, 2012 11:35 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Both fruits set successfully without pollination.


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PostPosted: Sat Sep 15, 2012 7:16 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Cool. You figured out a way to make a palo verde fruit. Ha ha.
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PostPosted: Tue Sep 18, 2012 10:42 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Yes - very cool Mr. Hyperfalls...by the way, exactly (or more or less!) how does a dragon fruit taste? Is it sweet, odd, or an acquired taste????



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PostPosted: Tue Sep 18, 2012 9:37 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

For me, the best tasting ones taste like water melon. The worst tasting ones taste like elmers glue.
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