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myamberdog



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PostPosted: Wed Sep 19, 2012 9:57 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

eeeeeeuuuuuuoooooo!

thanks.....MDog
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Hyperfalls



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PostPosted: Wed Sep 19, 2012 8:38 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Turns out I spoke too soon on the successful pollination. The nursery description was self fruitful, so that must mean that two flowers must be open at the same time and be pollinated with each other. I guess I will find out next year, or maybe get a few more lucky flowers...
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Hyperfalls



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PostPosted: Wed Sep 19, 2012 8:43 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Also, agreeing with pt on the taste.

White types- nasty/tasteless

Red types- sweet small

Purple types- sweet

Yellow thorned types- sweetest

It all depends on what variety you grow. One good trade off with the white varieties is that they are generally larger, but for me it's not worth it.
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Bkaus



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PostPosted: Thu Sep 20, 2012 8:06 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I have tried the white ones and they didn't have any taste.
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phoenixtropicals
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PostPosted: Thu Sep 20, 2012 2:24 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I don't recall. Are the white ones the only self pollinating?
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Hyperfalls



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PostPosted: Fri Sep 21, 2012 6:37 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

No, most of the varieties you find are self pollinating because they are largely favored regardless of color.
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DesertWillow



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PostPosted: Mon Jun 30, 2014 6:25 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hyperfalls wrote:
Both fruits set successfully without pollination.


Do you have updated photos?

Thanks!
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Hyperfalls



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PostPosted: Tue Aug 11, 2015 4:32 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

So it's been a while since an update of my dragon fruits. Since the last plant bloomed it suffered a large knock back from a harsh winter and has just recently recovered to its former glory, however it has not flowered since. The last flowers it did make that were posted here were sadly not pollinated.

One of my other potted dragon fruits recently flowered, but it only produced one flower. So in desperation on the night of the flower opening I stole a neighbors Apple cactus flower (night blooming cereus) and used its pollen to try to pollinate my dragon fruit. Fingers crossed.



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Hyperfalls



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PostPosted: Tue Aug 11, 2015 4:34 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

The plant itself.


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Hyperfalls



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PostPosted: Tue Aug 11, 2015 4:36 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

The flower.


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starch



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PostPosted: Wed Aug 12, 2015 9:21 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Here are my dragonfruit flowers from May. No successful pollination. I currently have several flower buds on growing tips right now. I also have another vine, so that I have one pink and one red. I am hoping that I will get both to flower simultaneously so that I can cross-pollinate and increase my chance for fruit set.


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myamberdog



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PostPosted: Wed Aug 12, 2015 11:07 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Gorgeous flowers, Starch!
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Hyperfalls



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PostPosted: Wed Aug 12, 2015 9:49 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

We need a pollen drive going during flowering season so we can all get fruit 😂.
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starch



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PostPosted: Thu Aug 13, 2015 6:21 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

MAD, Thanks!

Hyperfalls, That's a good idea! Smile
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