Starting Dragonfruit

agility_mom(z9 AZ)November 13, 2010

I finally planted my Dragonfruit today after having it sit in the pot for months. While doing so, some of the vines fell off. Can I just stick these in the ground to start new plants or must I do something to them?

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euqruob(Phoenix, AZ)

I'd let it dry indoors for about a week. I've been about 50-50 on putting them back right away. I have 3 in pots and two in the ground. I find the white variety grows more explosively, but also can lose limbs more easily and it burns more often. I have a white one that always loses limbs and gets burned, but it keeps coming back.

    Bookmark   November 14, 2010 at 11:55PM
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agility_mom(z9 AZ)

Mine is the dark pink type and I planted it under a Palo Brea tree along a wall but I put a re-mesh trellis up for it to grow on. Although after reading more, I am going to add some wood to the trellis since it wants to attach to wood. Too, I am wondering if it will break off if it is on wire. The vines seem kind of fragile.
Hopefully it won't get burned where it is at. Right now it does get some sun but in the hotter weather it will be filtered.
Have you gotten fruit?

Thanks for the advice, I'll let them dry before planting. I have some friends that I'd like to give some starts to.
If I am successful with this one, I would like to try some different varieties.

    Bookmark   November 15, 2010 at 11:05AM
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euqruob(Phoenix, AZ)

No fruit yet, I have one that has grown a lot since I potted it in April, but its mostly long limbs now, hasn't added any new limbs in a while, just gotten longer and longer.

    Bookmark   November 18, 2010 at 12:14AM
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grant_in_arizona(USDA Z9 Scottsdale AZ)

Yup, I agree with Rob. Just let it air dry for a few days and then plant it with several inches under ground. I think I have six different types (since I keep reading that some types need cross pollination and all types set fruit better with a cross pollinator) and I've broken several stems off and re-rooted them after a quick air-dry.

Keep us posted!
Take care,

    Bookmark   November 21, 2010 at 1:58PM
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