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As a comment about Dragon Fruit (Hylocereus polyrhizus), TexasPlumeria87 wrote:

I started these plants from cuttings last year. I've given away several cuttings since then because some of the plants are over 6 feet tall. It grows very fast once established and loves the heat and humidity. I've read the plant has to be at least 10lbs before it produces fruit.
Name: Gigi
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GigiPlumeria
Jul 25, 2013 8:53 PM CST
Did you get any fruit yet? I have a few cuttings given to me las week but it is too intimidating because it grows fast. I wonder how long before this plant blooms or fruit.
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Name: Cameron Allen
Plano, TX (Zone 8a)
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TexasPlumeria87
Jul 26, 2013 7:42 AM CST
So far my plants haven't bloomed yet. Its been over two years now and the tallest one is probably 7 feet tall. I've gave both plants some bloom booster fertilizer in hopes that they would flower, but so far nothing. You're lucky to live in a climate where you an grow it in the ground. You'll probably get blooms and fruit a lot sooner. I've read it usually takes 2-3 years from cutting for it to produce fruit.
Name: Gigi
Florida (Zone 9a)
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GigiPlumeria
Jul 26, 2013 7:22 PM CST
Ok, another plant, where patience is a virtue. Unfortunately for me, I like edible plants in pots, so I will have to plant these in pots.
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Name: Cameron Allen
Plano, TX (Zone 8a)
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TexasPlumeria87
Jul 26, 2013 8:05 PM CST
LOL, I can be an impatient person sometimes. Do you have an idea on a trellis for your dragon fruit?
Name: Gigi
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GigiPlumeria
Jul 26, 2013 8:10 PM CST
I have several trellises from last year's sale. Hubby agrees I need to use them for the dragon fruit. The problem is, getting him to set them up. Rolling on the floor laughing Rolling on the floor laughing
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Name: Jonna
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extranjera
Jul 26, 2013 8:29 PM CST
It has taken my plants several years before they bloomed and fruited this year. I have a feeling they need to also reach as high as they can on whatever they are climbing and then arch back down. They bloom on the bottom of the arched branch. If that's true, it makes sense not to give them a very high trellis.
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Name: Cameron Allen
Plano, TX (Zone 8a)
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TexasPlumeria87
Jul 26, 2013 8:53 PM CST
Hopefully your husband will set up the trellises Hilarious! Thanks for telling me that Jonna, I guess I have no choice but to be patient. Thumbs up Mine is starting to arch down, but in the process its causing the trellis to lean to one side. Then my hyacinth bean vine decided to use the dragon fruit as a trellis so that made it lean even more. Hilarious!
Name: Gigi
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GigiPlumeria
Jul 26, 2013 9:26 PM CST
Thanks Jonna, for the info. i have 3 sizes of trellises but the smallest might be too short. I just got fascinated with this plant. It just so happen a co-worker of mine trimmed her dragon fruit and gave me several cuttings.

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I bought a little plant earlier this year (Haley's comet) and it is growing so fast, it is kind of scary. Just 2 segments when I bought it:
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Here it is now just a few months after:
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Glad to know they bloom on the bottom of an arched branch. I was asking at a different forum if it is a good idea to trim it but no one seems to know anything about dragon fruit in that forum.
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Name: Cameron Allen
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TexasPlumeria87
Jul 26, 2013 9:37 PM CST
Wow that's a lot of growth. I've read Halley's Comet is a tasty variety. I have American Beauty. I've trimmed mine so many times, mainly because the branches were damaged in some way. Today the high wind broke off a large stem, that probably delayed the flowering another year or two Hilarious! I read that its good to trim off the side branches and just have one leader stem, and once it reaches the top of the trellis, let it branch out again.
Name: Gigi
Florida (Zone 9a)
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GigiPlumeria
Jul 26, 2013 9:49 PM CST
I might do that!!! Thanks Cameron!
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Name: Gigi
Florida (Zone 9a)
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GigiPlumeria
Jul 26, 2013 9:50 PM CST
I might do that!!! Thanks Cameron! I've never had a dragon fruit but my sister swears it is the best tasting fruit.
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Name: Cameron Allen
Plano, TX (Zone 8a)
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TexasPlumeria87
Jul 27, 2013 8:08 AM CST
I've never had a fresh dragon fruit before so I really look forward to tasting one. Sometimes Kroger will have them for sale but they are $7 a lb lol.
Name: Gigi
Florida (Zone 9a)
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GigiPlumeria
Jul 27, 2013 10:19 AM CST
$7 per lb, Wow!!!! Maybe worth the wait then... Whistling Whistling
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Name: Cameron Allen
Plano, TX (Zone 8a)
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TexasPlumeria87
Jul 27, 2013 10:35 AM CST
LOL I know, they are really expensive. I did a double take when I saw the price Hilarious! They were incredibly huge, larger than the size of a fist.
Name: Jonna
Mérida, Yucatán, México (Zone 13a)
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extranjera
Jul 27, 2013 10:41 AM CST
This is the season for them down here, most are larger than a big man's fist and they are very refreshing, kind of sweet but not super sweet. I like them a lot and they are great in a fruit salad. Bazillions of tiny seeds in them but they are crunchy and you just eat them. They also make a very good fruit drink, blend the fruit, strain, add sugar if desired and a little water - delicious. Whistling I won't tell you how cheap they are, sold on every corner.

Edited to add, the way I got some of my pitaya (Dragon Fruit) was by following the advice of the locals. If you are eating one that is very sweet and good, save a tablespoon or so of the pulp and spread it on a wall near the base. The seeds will sprout and because they grow so rapidly it will run up the wall.

The most convenient pitaya I've seen growing here was in the hollowed out base of a dead palm tree. It was only about 4' off the ground and the plant trailed down almost immediately, no where up to go. The fruit was reachable and as the owner said, it was all on his side of the fence!
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Name: Gigi
Florida (Zone 9a)
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Jul 27, 2013 10:43 AM CST
I know Brad Buds and Blooms sell Dragon Fruits but I just got my haley's comet from Lowes. Then my co-worker gave me the cuttings, her's is 4 years old and she's had several fruits from hers but she lets it grow wild. She thinks the cuttings she gave me came from a mature plant so they should bloom and have fruit next year. That would be lovely!
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Name: Cameron Allen
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TexasPlumeria87
Jul 27, 2013 10:46 AM CST
Jonna I wish they were cheap here because I'd love to try one. Sometimes I drink vitamin water that's flavored with dragon fruit, but I know it doesn't compare to a fresh dragon fruit.
Name: Gigi
Florida (Zone 9a)
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Jul 27, 2013 10:49 AM CST
Wow! Your lucky Jonna! My sis first got a taste of it in Australia and she loves it and swears by it. Then I saw some growing somewhere here but I didn't know what it was. I will definitely let mine climb up on the trellis, then let it hang down. I'm glad now I did not trim them.
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Name: Cameron Allen
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TexasPlumeria87
Jul 27, 2013 10:49 AM CST
That would be lovely to have fruit next year. I didn't know Brad's Buds and BLooms sold dragon fruit.
Name: Gigi
Florida (Zone 9a)
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GigiPlumeria
Jul 27, 2013 10:52 AM CST
They do under tropical fruits. I remember thinking those were weird looking fruits :)
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