What suburb and state are you located?
I’m located in Gosnells W.A with my farm in Champion Lakes.
Growing dragon fruit in the Perth region plants seem to pretty much grow all year around though obviously slower over winter.
Fruiting of dragon fruit in the Perth Region can occur through out December to May, though It depends on the variety with Palora on the vine over winter.
How long have you been an avid gardener for?
I’ve been keen on gardening since I was a little boy in overalls when I grew vegetables in mums back yard.
What is your history with gardening and horticulture?
I grew vegetables for fun, then moved onto Horticulture qualifications, a few jobs in nursery’s and now I work for local government in parks, landscape my own gardens and grow dragon fruit.
What was your 1st dragon fruit experience growing?
My first Dragon Fruit was only a white fleshed hylocereus undatus as not much more was available at the time.
What is your Favorite variety and why?
My favourite variety would be either Purple Megalanthus or Purple Haze, so many it’s hard to choose. Purple Megalanthus possibly because it’s both sweet and tasty.
What is your favorite dragon fruit recipe?
My wife’s delicious dragon fruit cheesecake, I just grow the fruits
Best tip for growing dragon fruit.
Try and grow one variety up a post of you plan to share your plants as mixing them up leads to confusion.
Biggest no, no for growing dragon fruit
Biggest challenge for growing dragon fruit you have had?
My biggest challenge I’m in the middle of and that’s trying to transition from a backyard set up to a farm as I’ve had to find the land, then clean it up as it was badly neglected and then set it up for growing. I’m still probably a year away from getting it completely sorted.
What varieties are you growing?
It’s hard to say what varieties I have a I have so many, but of anyone’s interested, Simon’s dragon fruit is on Facebook is the place to go.