Terry from Tura beach in South New South Wales he has contributed the following information. He got his 1st plant around 3 years old, and it flowered for the 1st time this year it currently has 4 fruit on it, most of the others I got last year and some this year.
Tara beach does get frost, but he has a microclimate that has never had frost. The northern part of our yard. They do get frost on the southern part of the yard, and this is the part where I am testing growing dragon fruit.
Terry has some dragon fruit in the ground beside a fence to see how they go. He will be building a frame for this year as at the moment they have attached themselves to the fence.
Terrys doesn't water them directly as I spray water onto the fence and let it run down the palings,
He I also have a very large pot at with 3 dragon fruit plants in it.( photo below)
Thank you for sharing you dragon fruit growing experience it is interesting how Terry has 2 different climates in 1 yard.
What suburb and state are you located?
Tura Beach, NSW 2548
How long have you been an avid gardener for?
Around 5 Years
What is your history with gardening and horticulture?
Never had a history with Gardening Horticulture, just learnt by trial and error
What drew you to Dragon fruit?
Not really sure, but I think it might have been a video that popped up on YouTube, watched it and loved the look of the fruit
Can you please walk me through your history with dragon fruit?
I saw it on YouTube then one day I was at our local Garden Center, I saw that they had a couple of plants so I had to get it and went from there.
What was your 1st dragon fruit experience eating?
My 1st experience was at woollies, they had quite a few so I got one and tried it, didn't like it at all, had no flavor
What was your 1st dragon fruit experience growing?
The one I got from the garden center, currently has fruit but the plant is in a bad location so the plant is starting to rot, but I do have a new location, so when it rains it doesn't get as wet in that area
What is your Favorite variety and why?
I don't have a favorite yet as I have only tried a store bought one, but I think it will be the sugar dragon
Best tip for growing dragon fruit. Biggest no, no for growing dragon fruit. Make sure you have a good setup for your plants and don't over water them
Biggest challenge for growing dragon fruit you have had? I don't think I have had one yet apart from my partner over water my 1st plant, thus the condition it is currently in
How do you fertilize?
A little bit of Epsom salts
How many varieties do you currently have?
9 Varieties of dragon fruit
Aussie Gold, Asunta 1, Black Dragon, Connie Mayer, Cosmic Charlie, Dark Star S9, Pearl, Tricia, Zamorano