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Author Topic: dragon fruit tips on cultivation in sub-tropic climate  (Read 61 times)

ONandONandON

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dragon fruit tips on cultivation in sub-tropic climate
« on: October 08, 2019, 11:44:48 pm »

a few months ago i found red and yellow dragon fruit at walmart,
(..so expensive, they didn't even put the price on them.. 7$ each)
cleaned flesh off seeds in water, and dried on towel, and planted.

now lots and lots of seedlings growing what i guess are air roots?
i guess roots because one seems to have rooted into another pot..
Or are they branches, like in this adult photograph of dragon fruit?


we have mild winters, it usually reaches the 20s-30s for two or three weeks.. i wonder if older plants could survive?
Should i plant the air roots? idk i might try experiments and see what happens. any growing advice, tips welcome :)
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Re: dragon fruit tips on cultivation in sub-tropic climate
« Reply #1 on: October 09, 2019, 01:25:58 am »

Can you put up pics of what you think are air roots?

I live in a similar environment to what your describing in terms of cold. My older plants do just fine as long as they are not under the open sky on nights below freezing. They have survived nights in the 20s just tucked up under the edge of my house.

A note on fruiting though. Like the pic shows the branches must hang to be stimulated to flower and fruit. The upward climb needs to terminate and allow branches to hang sideways or they will never fruit. Some species are self pollinated and others need pollinating by insects or you.
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Re: dragon fruit tips on cultivation in sub-tropic climate
« Reply #2 on: October 10, 2019, 10:26:01 am »

Great information thanks! i'll try get pictures of "airroots/branches" soon..

here is them about a month ago, before the the air root things formed..


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