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This plant was purchased as dragon fruit at a market. Supposed to be a red variety, and it is growing very well (about 2m) and only flowers every now and again, but no fruit after it flowers. Someone told me to get out there at night, between 10pm and 2am and give the flower a shake. I think that would only work if you had more than one flower. It is quite a large flower and pretty to see, but it is all over after a couple of nights.

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Comment by Elaine de Saxe on December 10, 2015 at 14:06

The endless fascination of will-it won't-it produce fruit! My 4 buds have now flowered - 1 each day so no cross-pollination possible - the bases still look green and are swelling. Early days but expect to pick 4 fruits down the track. I did not pollinate any of those flowers this time around. It's a red-fruited plant which seems more self-fertile than the white ones.

Comment by Christa on December 10, 2015 at 10:22

Jeff,  Thanks for your comment, the neighbours around here are not very garden conscience.  Maybe I should offer them some cuttings.  Mosquitoes can carry you away in our backyard.

I was given some cuttings from a lady and left them on a bench for about a month, then stood them up against a post about 3 weeks ago, and they have taken off.

Comment by Jeff Kiehne on December 10, 2015 at 10:11

Any other dragon fruit in your area  that could get pollen frommosquitoes could also polinate.

Comment by Florence on December 9, 2015 at 21:36

I have heard that some varieties need cross pollination... I have no idea... most flowers at my parents' place don't turn into fruits...

Comment by Lissa on November 15, 2015 at 17:57

"Something" pollinates my flowers without me being out there shaking pollen in the middle of the night. Could just be my yard but hopefully "something" (moths, ants??) will do the job with yours too Christa.

Comment by Elaine de Saxe on November 15, 2015 at 17:04

Search BLF for Dragon Fruit - there are a lot of posts and many pix. They love plenty of water with good drainage and some food to persuade them to hold their fruit like any fruit-tree; they are a rainforest cactus, don't treat them like a desert cactus.

Comment by Elaine de Saxe on November 15, 2015 at 16:58

I'll post a pic of my red-fruited bud. The ants do a good job of pollination so I hear. I have hand-pollinated at all hours including 8am the next day. And I have not hand-pollinated. And sometimes we get fruit set and sometimes not. Jury is out on whether these plants are self-fertile or not. Currently I have only red-fruited ready to fruit.

Comment by Elaine de Saxe on November 15, 2015 at 16:49

Usually all over after 1 night … unfortunately, the flowers really are exquisite.

Is the plant able to bend over? It looks as though it is bending in the pic. I've heard tell that the stems make fruit when growing down, not up. Then I've heard the opposite, too!

If it's a red-fruited plant, the bud and the bracts should be red-edged. It's subtle but there distinctly different to the all-green buds of the white-fruit.

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