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Old 05-17-2012, 09:58 PM   #561 (permalink)
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I know you are looking forward to our next Dragon /Pitahaya Fruit Festival. This year the Festival will be organized by UC SouthCoast Extension under the direction of Ramiro Lobo. The location is at the South Coast Field Station -7601 Irvine Boulevard

Irvine, CA 92618

The dates for this great festival are: Friday August 24th, Saturday, August 25th and Sunday the 26th.

Friday there will be lectures geared mostly to the serious growers and enthusiasts. Saturday will be more for the public in general (as always) with lectures, field trips and fruit tastings. Sunday there will be tours of the ranches of growers willing to open their doors to us.

As usual there will be charge to the attendants for this program. Remember these charges are to cover the cost and help to maintain the pitahaya/dragon fruit collection.

This is just a brief explanation of what is to come so that you may set aside these dates. We don’t want anyone to miss this wonderful event.

The program and more information will be posted by Ramiro Lobo in the future. If you would like to open your garden for tours or have any information to share get in touch with Ramiro- [edit out email address to help avoid bots from spamming him]

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I lost all but one cutting due fungal infection Still have some from seeds but they are pretty slow.
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I lost all but one cutting due fungal infection Still have some from seeds but they are pretty slow.
While I don't believe there is any treatment available with a registered product in the USA. some copper sprays can be helpful in preventing such problems.
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I lost all but one cutting due fungal infection Still have some from seeds but they are pretty slow.
I had the same thing happen last season.
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Really? Looks like I'm starting to get some again this year.
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This is what I'm dealing with. Some survive others do not.



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not rare..by any sence of the word...i have seen farms in costa rica and nicaragua...they train them up at first..then they hang like vines...i have cereus costa rica myself....also a type of night blooming cactus....i belive all are cereus speices
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not rare..by any sence of the word...i have seen farms in costa rica and nicaragua...they train them up at first..then they hang like vines...i have cereus costa rica myself....also a type of night blooming cactus....i belive all are cereus speices
You're right I have some night blooming Cerus as well.
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Got my cuttings potted today
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This is what I'm dealing with. Some survive others do not.
"Skeletonization" of lower pods is normal.
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not rare..by any sence of the word...i have seen farms in costa rica and nicaragua...they train them up at first..then they hang like vines...i have cereus costa rica myself....also a type of night blooming cactus....i belive all are cereus speices
The floral species are in genus Cereus, while the "Dragon Fruit" species are in genus Hylocereus.
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Really? Thanks Richard! How about when it happens towards the top of the plant? Just cut the infected areas off?
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Old 05-23-2012, 01:23 PM   #572 (permalink)
 
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Hi everyone! I just went thru all the pages in this thread and i felt compelled to chime in. Ive been growing cactus plants for about 6 months. Initially i just wanted to grow nopales/cactus pears but i ended up ADD'ing with dragon fruits.
I purchased a yellow dragon plant from Pineisland for 35 bucks but was told it would take at least a year to grow some fruit. Later that week i called a local nursery and the person in charge told me they had 1 year old dragon fruit plants for 15 dollars so i purchased another "yellow dragon" and a "large Vietnamese white" plant. The plants i purchased needed some "training" the Vietnamese white is so huge it broke the trellis and started to drag on the ground. The yellow dragon was a little easier to train. Soil wise im using perlite, sand, organic compost, cow manure and some mulch. I have two of my yellow plants setup Vietnamese style in 28 gallon container (i think) with a untreated fence post wrapped in burlap. I had some sort of fungus infection on my yellow dragon that was giving the vines some rust colored dots i treated it with coppercide hoping it might help, let see. I have cuttings im willing to trade i would also appreciate some advice on getting my dragons on tip top shape and ready to bloom. Here you have my efforts at planting dragon fruit here in sunny south Florida.

Yellow Dragon fruit tree


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Old 05-23-2012, 02:22 PM   #573 (permalink)
 
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These are new to us and we only have a few cuttings in pots. From what I've read your trelles might be a bit slight for these vines. Ours will be located next to a pair of 8" caliper pine trees so they may not need anything else to cling and climb on. Hoping to stop them at 6 to 8 foot of height with a cross brace. Good luck and thanks.
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Right now I have one 'American Beauty' and a Hylocereus Ocamponis rooting in pots. The rest are curing.
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My red Dragons are in bloom Yippy . Anyone have others to trade mine are all Potted and rooted Nicely in 2 g pots
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I've been having trouble getting my cuttings to root. I have one American Beauty and one H. ocamponis that are both putting out roots, but the others are showing no signs of it. The rest haven't put out any roots yet. The two Paul Thompsons are starting to become shriveled up. I do have some rooting hormone. Any tips?
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I've been having trouble getting my cuttings to root. I have one American Beauty and one H. ocamponis that are both putting out roots, but the others are showing no signs of it. The rest haven't put out any roots yet. The two Paul Thompsons are starting to become shriveled up. I do have some rooting hormone. Any tips?
Rooting hormone isn't believed to help, mostly because the core from which the roots form don't get reached by the hormone since it's surrounded by the flesh material. I sometimes have problems like that if the cuttings are a bit immature but I think every cutting I've tried to root has been successful (maybe 75 cuttings +/-). It's best not to water them very much and to avoid direct sunlight until they are growing. A warm humid greenhouse is helpful. Good luck!
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I'll place them into shade then. Right now they receive partial sun for most of the day and full sun for maybe 2 hours.
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8 out of 9 of them are rooting now!
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Okay, where will you be planting these pitaya? Have you thought up a trellis system yet? All of them will yield more fruit in full sun but some such as the guatemalanesis can sunburn fairly easily and are best under some light (15%) shade cloth or some other shading material (Surround and PurShade are two commercial calcium-based shading spray materials).
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