dragon fruit cuttings at lowes, homedepot etc

mksmth zone 6b Tulsa Oklahoma(6b)October 23, 2013

I have read that these little cactus sold at Lowes, Homedepot and even walmart are in fact Dragon fruit. Anyone know if that is true? I can buy them all day for about $3

would it be worth buying a few and removing the tops to grow out the dragon fruit.

Mike

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steve_in_los_osos

It is true that the lower portion is of the same family but that does not mean the fruit would be good. You also would not know if it is self-fertile or requires another variety for pollination.

Named cuttings are fairly inexpensive and readily available on-line or from others who are growing the plants (which grow like weeds in favorable conditions). A better bet, IMHO.

    Bookmark   October 24, 2013 at 11:27PM
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mksmth zone 6b Tulsa Oklahoma(6b)

Thanks for the info. I kinda figured that would be the case. I will save my $3.

Mike

    Bookmark   October 28, 2013 at 5:28PM
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RodneyJS

Those aren't dragonfruit. I have around 15-20 df varieties at home. We can arrange a trade, just message me

    Bookmark   October 28, 2013 at 8:08PM
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Bamfwalrus

The stock for the small "Grafted Moon Cactus" which are sold by those retailers is indeed Hylocereus. I've done exactly what you indended and while the stock may look strange, new growth is obviously Hylocereus.

That said, I agree that it is likely not self-pollinating and also would have garbage-quality fruit. I think its also a pretty safe bet that nearly all in not all of the Hylo stocks are undates, because its the most widely available/cheapest and whoever produces these grafted specimens probably isn't going to spring for a costaricensis or megalanthus.

The Hylocereus they sell once degrafted take FOREVER to recover and begin pupping, as the roots are totally overgrown for those pots and are all tangled up and compressed, which I assume is intentional and so that they are less likely to throw out random tendrils.
Definitely would recommend using that $3 instead as a chunk of your purchase of a named cutting. Some of my favorites are American Beauty, Physical Graffiti, and Halley's Comet, which are all very easily found. (I'm dying to try a Cosmic Charlie on that note, apparently also has awesome flavor)

    Bookmark   February 22, 2014 at 1:05PM
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Nguy

The moon cactus is made by Hylocereus Ocamposis variety (I have this variety). Probably by other Halocereus as well. H. Ocamposis is not a self sterile, so it need a pollinator. If you have a good pollinator, it's fruit will be very good.

    Bookmark   February 23, 2014 at 12:25AM
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