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Sep
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Dragon Fruit

I guess many people has eaten, or at least seen a Dragon Fruit before (aka Pitahaya or 火龙果/龙珠果, see Wikipedia). But seldom people know how does a Dragon Fruit tree looks like, and not many has seen how beautiful the flower looks like before it transformed into Dragon Fruit. Ok maybe you have seen the tree but I bet you have not seen the flower. The reason for this is that the flower only flourished in the night so unless you plant the fruit or you pass through a Dragon Fruit farm at night, most probably you don’t know what the flower looks like.

So you are in luck :) Your truly, erm… actually my dad plant some Dragon Fruits and I managed to snap some photo to share with you. Here goes…

Dragon Fruits tree. It is from the cactus family.

Dragon Fruits tree. It is from the cactus family. Father planted about 20 bunch of it.

Dragon Fruit flower blooms at night. It is a very pretty and smells nice too. The flower is quite huge, almost 2 or 3 times my hand.

Dragon Fruit flower blooms at night. It is a very pretty and smells nice too. The flower is quite huge, almost 2 or 3 times the size of my hand.

A look from another angle. The flower also known as Moonflower or Queen of the Night. Pretty name for a beautiful flower :)

Father is 'manually' transfering the pollen from one flower to another. This is because the flower only blooms at night so that's no natural agent that do the job. If you don't do it manually, all you will end up with is just a pretty flower, no fruit at all :)

Some flower is quite high so have to use chair and climb up. Dad is camera shy that's why he is not facing the camera directly :) Sorry for the half-nude photo because that's how my dad like to be. Mum is shouting from house that asking my dad to wear cloth as his son is taking his photo and going to post on internet. Sorry dad, too late... hehe... I hope mum wouldn't mind.

As you can see, there's plenty of flower and I tell you it smells so nice.

As you can see, there are many flowers blooming at the same time. The flower will last only 1-2 nights so you got to transfer the pollen immediately if you see the flower blooms. The smells in our garden that night was really nice :) Again dad is turning his back towards me.

This is how the flower looks like in the next day. All closed and ready to tranform into juicy sweet fruit.

This is how the flower looks like in the next day. All closed and ready to transform into juicy sweet fruit.

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1-2 weeks later(sorry not sure) the dragon fruit will turn into red color. It is ripe now and ready to be serve....into my stomach :)

Hope you guys (especially those staying in BIG city) now have a clearer understanding about Dragon Fruit :)

Cheers!


13 Responses to “Dragon Fruit”


  1. 1 sansan
    September 4, 2008 at 12:38 am

    i like this post. :) so fortune u have house own grown gragon food to eat. nice. i love gardening post , so do update more, k. :)

  2. 2 Anonymous
    March 15, 2012 at 8:33 pm

    Thanks for your beautiful photos and info re the dragon fruit. We have a plant in our yard and the blooming evening flowers are the most magnificient flower I think I have ever seen.
    They are just sooo gorgeous especially in the moonlight.
    We also love to eat the fruit.

  3. December 30, 2012 at 3:04 am

    I am getting ready to move and was wondering if there is a way to move the plant I have in my yard with me as a cutting… Is that possible? Thanks! for the pictures! I never knew this was a dragon fruit plant!

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  7. 7 chai
    July 9, 2013 at 3:17 pm

    hi.. i’m from the Philippines (i’m not sure if you are from the Philippines, too). we have a plant in our backyard that my mother-in-law planted long time ago that has a similar flower to your dad’s plant, but the leaves of the plant are a bit different in shape and it doesn’t bear fruits. maybe it’s the different version of Moonflower. I love looking at them and smelling them when they are full bloomed at midnight. I have also learned that the Moonflower version we have in our backyard starts to wither at around 4:00 a.m. My family loves watching the flowers and taking pictures too because it only last for how many hours. I really searched in the internet whereelse can this Moonflower be found. I’m glad I have read your blog.

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