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Old 07-20-2012, 11:01 AM   #625 (permalink)
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Mitch, have you been hand-pollinating your flowers? Most are not self-fertile, meaning you need to pollinate them with the flower of another variety. It's best to collect pollen whenever you have it and store it in the refrigerator until you have another flower that opens though it reportedly remains viable for less than a week. At the large planting in Irvine they don't do any hand pollinating and get good crops on all but one variety (due to timing of flower opening) because they have so many different varieties and either honey bees or nighttime moths take care of the pollinating. I saw a hawk moth visit a flower on one of my pitaya last year.
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