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11/07/2012 at 10:24

There are so may exotic fruit & veg in our supermarkets these days, and I assume may posters here have a go at cultivation from the seeds.... no matter how unlikely the outcome! I've succeeded (without any great skill) in growing some Dragon fruit (aka Pitaya) seedlings this Spring which are now like little inch-high cacti. I believe that they can grow considerably bigger in the tropics. Not sure how to look after the half dozen I've kept. Anyone grown these in the UK and with what success?

11/07/2012 at 10:46

No, I haven't, but it is something that would interest me as I would like to try to do them as well. I am currently trying to germinate Musa Acuminata (Dwarf Banana), and it's only been 3 weeks so far, but it can take months for them to germinate apparently.

I will keep an eye on this thread to see what other posters say, and save the thread for info.

Well done you for getting them germinated though!

12/07/2012 at 11:10

No exotic fruit growing experts on the forum?

12/07/2012 at 21:39

Apparently not. Another slightly exotic one to try is the Cape Gooseberry which is very easy to grow and an impressive addition to a GH, conservatory or sheltered sunny corner of the garden... it can grow quite big. The fruit, rather like a little tom, is very sweet and tastey if left well into autumn to ripen. Mine originated off the garnish of a restaurant meal!

12/07/2012 at 22:30

Wow! I will have a look at that.

I was messing around on YouTube earlier, looking up some Banana videos, and there were quite a few videos on Dragon Fruits on there.  There were ones from germination to aftercare. (I was also looking at coffee plants! Would love to try a coffee plant! )

13/07/2012 at 18:15

Don't expect an instant result!

13/07/2012 at 18:45

No, I wouldn't. I don't think I have the right enviroment for a coffee plant anyway. Maybe as a unusual indoor plant at the most.

14/07/2012 at 19:01

'Instant'... coffee...I'll get my coat.

14/07/2012 at 21:14

Instant out the jar?! LOL I think that's the best I'll get.

24/07/2012 at 22:00
paull2 wrote (see)

There are so may exotic fruit & veg in our supermarkets these days, and I assume may posters here have a go at cultivation from the seeds.... no matter how unlikely the outcome! I've succeeded (without any great skill) in growing some Dragon fruit (aka Pitaya) seedlings this Spring which are now like little inch-high cacti. I believe that they can grow considerably bigger in the tropics. Not sure how to look after the half dozen I've kept. Anyone grown these in the UK and with what success?

Hi. Well done.  A couple of years ago I managed to germinate 4.  The strongest one I potted into cactus compost.  After a few months it was obviously intending to be a hanging cactus, so I put it into a hanging pot.  Guess what?  It has now decided to grow skywards!   The other three have decided more or less to grow upwards, but in a lax manner.  I understand a common name is Queen of the Night, and it could be a Hylocereus.  We may have to wait several years for them to flower; I hope the flowers are worth staying up all night for.   I'm trying to grow mangoes this year.

26/07/2012 at 20:50

Thanks for that. Yes the dragon seems a bit of a monster to look after (especially if it's very prickly ) but I'll keep going until it becomes too much.

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