Black Velvet Dragon Fruit is a hybrid variety (H.ocamponis x S.coniflorus) that is prized for its striking black exterior and dark pink flesh. It is one of the many varieties of dragon fruit that are available to gardeners today.
One of the key characteristics of Black Velvet dragonfruit is its size. The fruit typically measures between 5 and 7 inches in length and can weigh up to 2 pounds. The black exterior of the fruit is covered in small spines, which give it a unique, almost velvet-like texture. The deep pink flesh of the fruit is juicy and sweet, with a slightly tangy flavor.
Another important characteristic of this variety is its growing habit. This plant is a climbing cactus that produces long, trailing stems. It is important to provide the plant with a sturdy support system, such as a trellis or fence, to ensure it remains upright as it grows. Gardeners should also make sure to provide the plant with adequate sunlight and well-drained soil to help it thrive.
|Peel color:||Dark red, black|
|Flesh color:||Dark pink / blackish red|
|Sun:||Full to part sun|
|Growth rate:||2 out of 5|
|Weather tolerance:||2 out of 5|
|Fruit production:||4 out of 5|
|Flavor:||4 out of 5|
|Home planting:||3 out of 5|
|Commercial planting:||3 out of 5|
In terms of fruiting, Black Velvet pitaya is a very finicky variety for which environmental conditions are a critical issue. If you give it the right conditions, however, the fruiting, which usually occurs from late spring to early fall, will surprise you with its volume: each plant is capable of producing up to 30 pounds of fruit in a season. The fruit can be eaten fresh, or used in a variety of recipes, such as smoothies, sorbets, and jams.
Watering is also important when growing Black Velvet Dragon Fruit. It is important to provide the plant with regular watering, especially during the hot summer months. However, it is important to not over-water the plant, as this can lead to root rot. Gardeners should also make sure to allow the soil to dry out somewhat between waterings to prevent this issue.
Pruning is also an important aspect of growing this sort. Regular pruning is essential to keep the plant healthy and prevent it from becoming overgrown. Pruning also helps to encourage new growth and improves the overall appearance of the plant.
In conclusion, Black Velvet pitahaya is a unique and attractive addition to any garden. It requires proper support, regular watering, and pruning to thrive. Gardeners who are willing to invest the time and effort will be rewarded with delicious, sweet fruit that adds both flavor and visual interest to their garden.