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Old 08-30-2013, 04:03 PM   #1 (permalink)
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I gotta get me one of those maybe yellow dragon of natural mystic types..
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I'm going to plant some this spring where I have had my trellised beans and tomatoes.
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OH that's what the AB means you marked on the DF you sent me American Beauty:}
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Do you have any support on top of that pole? Or do they just hang on with their air roots(and plant ties) up thar?
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I have a rubber covered steel wrap on top of the 1st post the other two don't require any help yet. There is a crap-load of roots on the 1st post.. Here is a closer look..

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What Fertilizer's work good on Dragonfruit.. I wonder if Richard's Hawaiian Bud would work good? :^)
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I have used fish emulsion and kelp meal. I have also thrown some Azomite on them. Mine seem to be pretty happy.
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Well of course they are happy with sources of nitrogen and gibberellic acid. The canonical blooming time for Hylocereus species is after the summer solstice - and so introduction of a bloom stimulant before then is likely to produce an immature crop of fruit. The best practice I have seen in field trials here (San Diego county) is to feed the plants a 2:1:3 NPK ratio during the growing season - like most fruits, and receive a bountiful harvest during the production period.
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Well of course they are happy with sources of nitrogen and gibberellic acid. The canonical blooming time for Hylocereus species is after the summer solstice - and so introduction of a bloom stimulant before then is likely to produce an immature crop of fruit. The best practice I have seen in field trials here (San Diego county) is to feed the plants a 2:1:3 NPK ratio during the growing season - like most fruits, and receive a bountiful harvest during the production period.
They are the ones I received from you, Richard. I planted them in the ground this summer. They grew in pots the previous year (the Paul Thomson is still in a pot, I need to find a spot for it), and they seem to be adapting very well to the new conditions. Could I expect a harvest next year? The location they are in is semi-sheltered from wind and cold and receives part sun, and I built a trellis. I'll see if I can get some pics.
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Here we go. From left to right: Hylocereus guatemalensis (American Beauty), Hylocereus ocamponis, 'Physical Graffiti.'

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How tall does the post really need to be? Can I make it short so that the plant is not growing over my fence line?
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Old 01-18-2014, 08:21 PM   #17 (permalink)
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For people that are going to bring them indoors I'd say keep the length to 6.5' or so.. :^)
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At the UC agricultural field station in Irvine CA there have been trials of Dragonfruit varieties and cultivation methods going on for about a decade now. Their constant recommendation on height of post is "shoulder height of the operator". This is so that when the plant fruits, the fruit will be easy to harvest.

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American Beauty Growing a bunch of skinny's & a crapload of roots.. Yes, it's top-heavy.. or the box wouldn't be there.. :^)


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