Condor dragon fruit

Condor dragon fruit dragon fruit

Condor Dragon is a bright purple variety that can pollinate itself. The fruit is big and has bright purple flesh that tastes great. The skin is light green (pink on the outside when the fruit is ripe). As the bright purple flesh gets ready, the green turns pinkish red. The outside of this hybrid looks very nice, and the size of the fruits is usually between 1 and 2 pounds.

Description

The Condor gets its name from where it comes from, the Condor Ridge Ranch (California, USA). This type is a cross between a Pitahaya from Nicaragua and one from Guatemala. At the pitaya festivals, the Condor is seen as one of the best dragon fruits. If the conditions are right, the cuttings will grow quickly, so heavy pruning is recommended.

The plant, like all dragons, likes a bit of shade on the ground. The plant grows well and quickly. The plant makes big fruits that have pink flesh. On the other hand, the outside is light green with pink highlights. The fruit has a sweet taste and can get as heavy as 900 grams and has an average brix rating of 19. It tastes both sweet and sour. The plant can make its own pollen. Don’t wait too long to harvest, because a ripe fruit can burst when it rains.

Genus: Hylocereus
Plant type: Cacti
Self-pollinating:Self-sterile
Outside color: Light green with pink hues
Pulp color: Magenta
Taste: Sweet taste
Exposure: Sun or shade
Irrigation (H2O info): Medium water needs
Winter hardiness:30-32° F
Flavor: 5 out of 5
Growth rate: 4 out of 5
Fruit production: 3 out of 5

When conditions are right, cuttings adapt and grow quickly. The plant grows in a three-sided shape and has small thorns that look like they belong to Hylocereus guatemalensis. In just one summer, a single cutting has grown to be over six feet tall. Because it grows so quickly, it needs a lot of pruning.

Condor Dragonfruit is a climbing cactus that needs support, has aerial roots, and can grow to 30 feet or more. It has 1 to 2 inch thick, three-sided stems that are notched and have few spines along the ribs. This plant grows more like a tropical vine, and we’ve seen it climbing up rocks and buildings. From late spring to fall, large, white flowers that look like bells and are 10 to 12 inches long bloom at dusk and only last one night.

Michael Gorelov
Michael Gorelov
"Condor" is listed as "self-pollinating". But if you pollinate by hand, you will be pleasantly surprised by the results.

From these flowers come large, oval-shaped fruits. At first, the skin is light green with pink streaks, but as the fruit ripens, it turns pinkish red and the pulp inside turns a dark purple-magenta color with many tiny dark seeds that you can eat. People say that this variety tastes sweet with a little bit of acid to balance it out. It also has crisp berry flavors, and everyone who tries it loves it.

Plant in a well-drained soil in full coastal sun but protected inland. In the summer, water only a little bit (shallowly) but often, including areas where aerial roots may be. This plant can’t live, flower, or bear fruit in a climate with much frost, so it’s not for everyone.

However, fruit has been successfully grown in warm places like Santa Barbara and further south. People often list this variety as a selection of Hylocereus guatemalensis, but this species is the same as Hylocereus undatus. We also grow a type of Hylocereus costaricensis called “Kip’s Red” that has red skin and red flesh.

This type is called “Joyce Greenlund” and has light pink skin and white flesh. Hylocereus undatus is thought to have come from the tropical rainforests of Central and northern South America, but its original range is unknown because its fruit and ornamental plant have been spread all over the world. The fruit of both types tastes good and is good for you because it has a lot of antioxidants, fiber, and vitamin C.

Ripe fruit can be put in the fridge, peeled and cut into bite-sized pieces, and served as a dessert or added to smoothies or salads. This plant is often called by the name of its fruit, such as Red Dragonfruit, Red Pitaya (or Pitahaya) Fruit, Strawberry Pear, Belle of the Night, or Conderella Plant.

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History

Dario Grossberger, of Condor Growers in Camarillo, California, gave Condor to Edgar Valdivia. Condor Growers is a private company that grows specialty crops. They mostly make cherimoya and eucalyptus plants for decoration. Edgar gave the pitahaya the name “Condor” because it was found on a farm called “Condor”.

Gray Martin remembers that Edgar told him how Dario Grosssberger got Condor. Something about an Israeli researcher who worked here in the US and found it in a collection. When he was called back to Israel, he gave it to Dario, but since it couldn’t reproduce on its own, Dario didn’t find it very interesting and gave it to Edgar instead.

Plant care

Dragon fruit are a tropical fruiting cactus. Dragon fruit won’t grow in cold places, so make sure the temperature is above 40 degrees Fahrenheit to keep it from being hurt by the cold. Guard against hard freezes. Dragon fruit can be grown in pots or in the ground. This fast-growing plant needs well-drained soil, full sun, and a strong trellis to support its weight.

Don’t put too many plants in very large pots. Instead, gradually increase the size of the pots as the plants grow.

During the growing season, you should use a complete fertilizer. Don’t give the plant too much water in the winter to keep it from dying.

It likes both full sun and some shade. During the hottest parts of summer, it can turn a bit lime green to yellow as the UV breaks down the chlorophyll. Adding about half a handful of magnesium sulphate (Epsom’s salts) a few weeks apart and watering it in can fix the yellowing.

For plants to make chlorophyll, they need magnesium. Dragon fruit can also be grown under a light gauge shade cloth, which is what many farmers do.

Little history

Dario Grossberger, of Condor Growers in Camarillo, California, gave Condor to Edgar Valdivia. Condor Growers is a private company that grows specialty crops. They mostly make cherimoya and eucalyptus plants for decoration. Edgar gave the pitahaya the name “Condor” because it was found on a farm called “Condor”.

Gray Martin remembers that Edgar told him how Dario Grosssberger got Condor. Something about an Israeli researcher who worked here in the US and found it in a collection. When he was called back to Israel, he gave it to Dario, but since it couldn’t reproduce on its own, Dario didn’t find it very interesting and gave it to Edgar instead.

Conclusion

Condor is self-fertile, so it can make fruit on its own. However, if it is pollinated by a different cultivar, the fruits will be even bigger. The fruit is big and has bright purple flesh that tastes great. The skin is light green and pink on the outside. As the bright purple flesh gets ready, the green turns pinkish red. The outside of this hybrid looks very nice.

FAQ

Is Condor dragon fruit self-pollinating?
Self Sterile. For it to make fruit, it needs to be pollinated by other plants.
How do I get my dragon fruit bear to produce more fruit?
To get your cactus to bear fruit, give it a tall, sturdy trellis to climb. Always cut off branches that are broken or dying. Cut off the tips of the topmost branches to make them grow more sideways and produce more fruit.
How many times can you harvest dragon fruit in a year?
Most of the time, the plant is grown in the summer. The plant grows more slowly during the rest of the year, but it blooms from July to October. Five months out of the year, the dragon fruit tree has fruit.
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