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Hylocereus sp., Pitaya, Pitahaya, Dragon Fruit, Strawberry Pear

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 Hylocereus sp.
Family: Cactaceae
Pitaya, Pitahaya, Dragon Fruit, Strawberry Pear
Origin: Central America
Large shrub 5-10 ftVine or creeperFull sunSemi-shadeModerate waterWhite/off-white flowersEdibleThorny or spinySubtropical, cold hardy at least to 30s F for a short timeSeaside, salt tolerant plant

There are three species of dragon fruit in the genus Hylocereus and one species in the genus Selenicereus. Varieties of Hylocereus guatemalensis, Hylocereus polyrhizus, and Hylocereus undatus as well as hybrids of these three species are grown commercially worldwide. Selenicereus megalanthus is grown commercially on smaller scales in South America and is especially popular in Columbia.

Related genera: Cereus, Acanthocereus, Echinocereus, Selenicereus, Stenocereus, Escontria, Myrthillocactus.

This climbing cactus is one of the most beautiful and wide spread members of the Cactaceae family. It is a highly prized, vining, fruit bearing cactus is terrestrial/epiphytic plant which is extremely unusual. It's fleshy stems reach up to 30ft. long, climbing onto walls or over trees using aerial roots. Magnificent flowers, stunningly beautiful fruit with an intense color, curious shape, and a delicious taste.

The night blooming white flowers can be up to 14 inches in length. Flowers are vibrant and beautiful and many related species are propagated as ornamentals. They generally bloom only at night, and usually last just one night where pollination is necessary to set fruit.

The fruit is most often eaten chilled and cut in half so the flesh may be spooned out. The juice is used in frozen drinks and it is in a new Tropicana Twister flavor. It is a must have for any collector or gardener with the flair for the unusual. The plants aren't usually too picky as to soil type, but because of their epiphytic nature, it is recommended to grow them in soil that is supplemented with high amounts of organic material. It can be grown successfully in sandy soils, providing shade is sometimes recommended in hot climates. In full production, these plants can have up to 4-6 fruiting cycles per year. Season: May-September.

The dragon fruit flesh can be white, red, or magenta. The red fleshed varieties contain lycopene which is a natural antioxidant known to fight cancer, heart disease, and lower blood pressure. Despite the health benefits and its spectacular appearance, the fruit has gone virtually unnoticed for centuries.

According to the legend the fruit was created thousands of years ago by fire breathing dragons. During a battle when the dragon would breathe fire the last thing to come out would be the fruit. After the dragon is slain the fruit is collected and presented to the Emperor as a coveted treasure and indication of victory. The soldiers would then butcher the dragon and eat the flesh. It was believed that those who feasted on the flesh would be endowed with the strength and ferocity of the dragon and that they too would be coveted by the Emperor. It is written that the dragons flame originates deep within its body near the base of its tail. The meat from this part of the dragon was the most desirable and most sought after portion. Only the officers of each division would be privy to this cut of meat. The ancient Chinese called this cut the jaina, which translates literally to the sweetest and best tasting. The jaina was treasured by all who were privileged enough to taste it, and it is believed that manís thirst for the jaina is what led to the destruction and eventual extinction of all of the dragons.

The mild and juicy fruit is easily cut in half and eaten with a spoon.

Today it is the leading fruit export of Vietnam. It has even caught the attention of Snapple, Tropicana, and Sobe which are just a few of the major labels that have incorporated dragon fruit into their bottled fruit drinks.

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Kathy
Pico Rivera, CA USA
30 Aug 2014
Hello, I have two pitayas growing up against a wall and was wondering if they will fruit growning on the wall? I was trying to train them to grow on trellisis but they got away from me and they just look so beautiful against the wall.
Matt
New Rochelle
26 Aug 2013
i ordered the 3 gallon Dragon Fruit, (Self Fruiting) and followed your directions to the letter, after transferring it to a large 5 gallon pot, it sprouted new groth, first one, then two. i have lots of succulents but this one is insane with growth. 24 inches in 4 months. the trellis is to small for the new growth, i am wildly exited by this plant, i have never seen a succulent grow like this. when it finally flowers i will only be that much more exited.
Jim Richardson
Port Charlotte, Florida USA
USDA Zone:10
5 Jul 2012
I received a very healthy White Pitaya, Dragon Fruit
3 gal pot about 4 months ago. Placed it on a 8 foot burlap rapped pole and it is now two feet above my trellis top. For beginners I think the White Pitaya should be a first planting due to the its sturdy nature. Almost twice the girth of my other vines. BUT, be sure and plant other types also!
ruth
waco tex. u.s.a
USDA Zone:8
5 May 2011
I have had one of this plants for almost 20 years I knew it as a night blooming cereus I have kept it from growing too big by making cuttings from it and giving them away. now Iknow what I have,I will definately treat it differently, and see what happens!
karin
gooding, idaho, usa
21 Mar 2010
have a greenhouse and was thinking of growing
3500 elevation
is this good in a greenhouse
what does the fruit taste like?
LCDR Jeff Wiersma
El Paso, Texas USA
USDA Zone:9/1
3 Oct 2004
This is the fastest growing plant I've ever seen! You can almost sit in front of it and watch it grow! My plant is 10ft tall and it's only been 3.5 months since I bought it as a 3" in the pot. I love it - hope it give fruit next year!


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Red Pitaya, Dragon Fruit. Self-fruiting variety, red outside and red insode - the most delicious variety. Very fast-growing.
Pitaya is a highly prized, vining, fruit bearing cactus is terrestrial/epiphytic plant which is extremely unusual. It's fleshy stems reach up to 30ft. long, climbing onto walls or over trees using aerial roots. Magnificent flowers, stunningly beautiful fruit with an intense color, curious shape, and a delicious taste. The night blooming white flowers can be up to 14 inches in length.
The fruit is most often eaten chilled and cut in half so the flesh may be spooned out. The juice is used in frozen drinks and it is in a new Tropicana Twister flavor. It is a must have for any collector or gardener with the flair for the unusual.
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Hylocereus sp. - Bloody Mary Pitaya, Dragon Fruit 

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Bloody Mary Dragon Fruit. This variety is very similar in size, color, and taste to Red Jaina. It is not quite as prolific of a producer, but it is nearly indistinguishable beyond that fact. It also needs to be cross pollinated to set fruit.
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Hylocereus sp. - Sweet Red Pitaya, Dragon Fruit 

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Sweet Red Pitaya, Dragon Fruit. Self-fruiting variety, red outside and red inside - the most delicious variety. Very fast-growing.
Pitaya is a highly prized, vining, fruit bearing cactus, extremely unusual terrestrial/epiphytic plant. It has magnificent flowers, stunningly beautiful fruit with an intense color, curious shape, and a delicious taste. The night blooming white flowers can be up to 14 inches in length.
The fruit is most often eaten chilled and cut in half so the flesh may be spooned out. The juice is used in frozen drinks and it is in a new Tropicana Twister flavor. It is a must have for any collector or gardener with the flair for the unusual.
RECOMMENDED FERTILIZERS:
Fruit Festival Plant Food - Super Crop Booster
Mango-Food - Smart Release Fruit Tree Booster
SUNSHINE-Honey - sugar booster
This item is certified for shipping to California.
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Hylocereus sp. - White Pitaya Vietnamese Jaina

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Red Pitaya with white flesh.
Pitaya is a highly prized, vining, fruit bearing cactus is terrestrial/epiphytic plant which is extremely unusual. It's fleshy stems reach up to 30ft. long, climbing onto walls or over trees using aerial roots. Magnificent flowers, stunningly beautiful fruit with an intense color, curious shape, and a delicious taste. The night blooming white flowers can be up to 14 inches in length. The fruit is eaten chilled and cut in half so the flesh may be spooned out. The juice is used in frozen drinks. It is a must have for any collector or gardener with the flair for the unusual.
RECOMMENDED FERTILIZERS:
Fruit Festival Plant Food - Super Crop Booster
Mango-Food - Smart Release Fruit Tree Booster
SUNSHINE-Honey - sugar booster
This item is certified for shipping to California.
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Hylocereus sp. - Yellow Pitaya, Dragon Fruit

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Yellow Pitaya.
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Pitaya is a highly prized, vining, fruit bearing cactus is terrestrial/epiphytic plant which is extremely unusual. It's fleshy stems reach up to 30ft. long, climbing onto walls or over trees using aerial roots. Magnificent flowers, stunningly beautiful fruit with an intense color, curious shape, and a delicious taste. The night blooming white flowers can be up to 14 inches in length. The fruit is eaten chilled and cut in half so the flesh may be spooned out. The juice is used in frozen drinks. It is a must have for any collector or gardener with the flair for the unusual.
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SUNSHINE-Honey - sugar booster
This item is certified for shipping to California.
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Hylocerus undatus Red - seeds

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Pitaya, Pitahaya, Dragon Fruit, Strawberry Pear. Red variety. This is a highly prized, vining, fruit bearing cactus is terrestrial/epiphytic plant which is extremely unusual. It's fleshy stems reach up to 30ft. long, climbing onto walls or over trees using aerial roots.
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