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Growing Colombian Yellow Pitaya

Posted by jalilu Sunset Zone 23/24 (My Page) on
Sat, Nov 30, 13 at 11:24

I would like to grow Colombian Yellow Pitaya (Selenicereus megalanthus) in our yard (sandy soil) but I am not sure if this plant can survive rainy winters. Would red fruit varieties adapt better to our weather than the yellow ones?

In which season these plants bloom and give fruit in California?


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RE: Growing Colombian Yellow Pitaya

im certianly no expert, ive been trying to grow several, and have already lost several, but maybe you can learn from my loss
they dont like thier roots wet for extended periods, at least when they are small
i would make sure the soil is fast draining, or, even build it up to a mound...
sand is good, but you also need some compost, or some kind of carbon
usually that holds water, so its a tradeoff, thats why i say build up the soil to a mound or something.
my yard is low, and even with sandy soil, my papaya get root rot unless they (roots) are a couple inches higher than the rest of the yard

like i said, im no expert on dragons though


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RE: Growing Colombian Yellow Pitaya

  • Posted by jalilu Sunset Zone 23/24 (My Page) on
    Wed, Jan 8, 14 at 7:39

Thanks Greenman! I will follow your advice. I just hope that the Colombian Pitaya will have enough time to ripen. According to what I read, it requires 5 month of warm weather.

With regard to rain, I believe that it will not be a problem. After posting my inquiry, my mother reminded me of a dragonfruit that was growing wild in the garden (4 acres) of an abandoned house next to ours. This plant bloomed but never fruited, as there was no other one to pollinate it.

Five years ago, a Spanish developer put down this house and transformed the entire property into a residential complex with seven-storey buildings after removing all trees, some of them more than a 100-year old! I miss the tawny owls, bee-eaters, and other birds that use to perch on these trees.


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