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Old 05-02-2008, 12:58 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Drummer Sugarapple, Tropical Guava, Dragonfruit, Panache Fig

Ok Here are a few new tropical plants I want to plant in my backyard since
there is still some room to add on along with my banana's.I live in zone 9-11
and,I want to grow Sugarapple Annona Squamosa, Ruby Supreme Guava Psidium guajava, Dragonfruit Pitahaya Yellow Selenocereus megalanthus, Panache Fig Ficus carica.Anybody here at the org have these growing in there backyard, and enjoy there taste and have had good luck with growing them.Can you let me know how they are doing with there growth and fruiting production.I know the fig will grow here but how about the other three I want to plant.I planted a babaco papaya and a minneola tangelo last month,and looking to enjoy them growing and eating there fruit.

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Old 05-02-2008, 01:15 AM   #2 (permalink)
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A member of the Orange County CRFG is growing Selenocereus megalanthus. This fruit takes 140 days to mature in southern CA versus the 45 days for Hylocereus species. It is not at all sour, but the brix is not that great either at around 12. In its native environment though, it is very sweet and ripens in 50 days.
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I grow Selenocereus megalanthus, but I also live in its native range. You can probably get away with them in Simi, but they'll take longer to ripen. I'm with Richard - check out the red dragonfruits, they'll do better in your area.

Guavas are supremely easy to grow and will do fine for you; you'll find that your fruit has a finer taste if you just slightly waterstarve the plant after it setts. This mimics the conditions of the dry season in the tropics and forces the plant to concentrate the compounds in the guava, making it more intensely flavourful. I get two crops off of my bushes, a wet and a dry one, and the dry one without a doubt is the better tasting of the two. It's also the one that sells for higher prices at market.
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yes,i grow the red dragon fruit, in 9b it strugles with the cold and does not do well!
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