Hylocereus guatemalensis and Hylocereus undatus are the parents of the dragonfruit variety Cosmic Charlie. This type of Dragon Fruit grows fruits with purple flesh that taste like grapes. Most of these fruits weigh between 1 and 1.5 pounds.
The Dragon Fruit is a climbing cactus that grows on the ground and has fleshy stems. From late spring to early fall, the plant has large, fragrant white flowers that can be up to 14 inches long and 12 inches wide. Flowers are complicated and only bloom at night. After pollination, round, red or yellow fruits that you can eat grow.
Cosmic Charlie is a self-fertile variety (Hylocereus undatus X Hylocereus guatemalensis). The flesh is a beautiful purple color and tastes like grapes or kiwis. The size of the fruit ranges from 1 to 1.5 pounds and is medium to large. Because of its beautiful color, it is often used as a garnish. Cosmic Charlie fruit tastes a little bit like grapes and is best when it is cold. This variety doesn’t need to be pollinated by another plant to make fruit.
Its fruit is getting more and more popular as people look for healthier and more varied foods. The crop can grow in a wide range of environments, from places that are very dry to places that get more than 3,500 mm of rain per year. Dragon fruit is mostly grown for sale in the U.S. in Florida, southern California, and Hawaii. Growers are likely to plant more acres of this crop as they learn more about it and how productive it can be.
The beautiful round fruit is covered in green scales and can grow up to 15 inches long. Inside the thin skin is a big mass of sweet red pulp and many small black seeds. Dragon Fruit can be eaten by itself, and it is also used to add flavor to baked goods and drinks.
This type of plant grows quickly. This variety makes a large fruit with purple flesh that tastes like a sweet cherry or grape. On average, one to two pounds. Average brix 18-19.
|Succulent epiphytic vining, terrestrial cactus
|USDA hardiness zone (°F):
|8 (10 to 20 °F), 9 (20 to 30 °F), 10 (30 to 40 °F)
|Medium, even moisture - regular
|Height: 6'-20', width: 6'-20'
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|3 out of 5
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|2 out of 5
It looks a lot like the growth of Hylocereus undatus. More research on the Internet shows that 2S and Cosmic Charlie are the same. Paul Thomson made the S2 seedling, which is talked about in his book Pitahaya. The S-2 is a cross between the Rixford, which has purple flesh, and the Niezel, which has white flesh. This kind of plant came from a California tropical nursery.
At Isabela, PR, 12 different types of pitaya were grown on Oxisol soil for 5 years and closely watched. The number and weight of fruits per hectare changed a lot from year to year. From 2010 to 2013, the number of fruits and yield of cultivars went up, but then they leveled off or went down. The number of fruits and yield per hectare were very different between cultivars.
The Cosmic Charlie cultivar had the least amount of fruit, with an average of only 25.1 kg per hectare. With an average fruit weight of 346.3 g, the fruit weight of cultivars N97-20 and NOI-13 was much higher. Fruit soluble solids were on average 17.4 percent higher in NOI-16, N97-18, and Cosmic Charlie than in other cultivars. Some of the cultivars used in this study have shown promise in gardening and could be used by growers as new seeds.
- Cosmic Charlie is a cartoon character;
- This type of Dragon Fruit can have up to six fruiting cycles per year when grown for business;
- The plant grows quickly and has green leaves with small spines on each side;
- Dragonfruit grows best in soils that drain well and in full sun to part shade;
- At least 6 inches will be on each new cutting;
- Don’t let the soil dry out between waterings, and don’t forget to water this cactus.
The Cosmic Charlie has purple fleshed fruits that are about the size of grapes and taste like grapes. Ideal for people who garden at home.