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Name: Dani Sevilla
Pilot mtn nc (Zone 7a)
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DaniNC
Oct 24, 2013 6:55 AM CST
Is this plant actually a cactus species? I have heard and read so many things on it and some say cactus and some say succulent and since i am setting up my grow room for the winter for them (i am in zone 7b, NC) and am wondering what sort of lights to put in for them. thanks in advance for your help! :)
Name: Lynn
Dallas, OR (Zone 8b)
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valleylynn
Oct 24, 2013 7:49 AM CST
Hi Dani, and Welcome! to ATP.
Pitaya is the common name for Hylocereus, which is a night blooming genus of cactus. There are a few of the species that produce large edible fruits called pitayaa or dragon fruit.

I would love to see a photo of yours. Smiling
Name: Evan
Pioneer Valley south, MA, USA (Zone 6a)
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eclayne
Oct 25, 2013 6:56 AM CST

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Hi Dani, here are a few helpful links.
Hylocereus family Cactaceae.
Dragon Fruit (Hylocereus polyrhizus)
The thread "Days to bloom or fruit?" in Comment concerning Dragon Fruit (Hylocereus polyrhizus)
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Name: Lynn
Dallas, OR (Zone 8b)
Charter ATP Member Garden Sages I helped plan and beta test the plant database. I helped beta test the Garden Planting Calendar I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Plant Database Moderator
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valleylynn
Oct 25, 2013 12:59 PM CST
Great links Evan. Thumbs up

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