El Grullo dragon fruit

El Grullo dragon fruit dragon fruit

This dragon fruit variety comes from Mexico and can handle both hot and cold temperatures well. It has red flesh and a beautiful flower.


“El Grullo” is a type of Dragon Fruit. It comes from the Hylocereus genus and the ocamponis species (H. ocamponis hybrid). This variety comes from El Grullo, which is in the Mexican state of Jalisco.

Climate: Tropical
Sunlight: Medium / full sun
Flavor: 3 out of 5
Fruit production: 3 out of 5
Growing: 3 out of 5

El Grullo flowers bloom at night and have white petals with deep red and yellow calyces (outer peddles). The stems are thick and heavy, with three sides and big thorns. Because the plant is gray-green, it can handle heat and cold much better than other Hylocereus species

The pitaya is large and oval. It has purple-greenish fins on a red skin, and the inside is a very deep red color. On average, they weigh 1 lb. The fruit tastes tropical and has a light sweetness to it. Some growers said it has a beet-like flavor and others did not. 16–18 on the Brix scale.

Plant facts

  • Large, red-fleshed fruits with greenish-red skins, excellent quality, thick and heavy plants, and great heat and cold tolerance. Origin: an unnamed selection found by R. Lobo in El Grullo, Jalisco State, Mexico;
  • The fruit is oval, big, and weighs 489 grams. The quality is good, and the flesh is dark red. The skin is purple-red, thick, hard, and covered with many small bracts. It takes 40 days from bloom to harvest in Southern California. It’s blooming from mid-July to the end of December;
  • The plant has thick, heavy, fleshy, and long stems that are more than 2 meters long when fully grown. The young shoots are lime green, triangular, and have clear ridges. The mature stems get a grayish color and fill in the space between the ridges, almost making a solid triangle;
  • Spines are very many and long. Each areole has 8–13 needle-like spines that are 3–14 mm long and arranged randomly. Flowers are large and narrow, tubular, with white petals, a yellowish-red calyx, and light yellow anthers and stigma lobes;
  • Self-sterile. So it needs cross pollination to set fruit;
  • It can handle both cold and heat very well. Pitahaya grows well in full sun.


A great variety, but not the best for the novice grower. Because our first fruit was small, it got a score of 14.5.

El Grullo ripe dragon fruit photo


Is self-fertile the same as self-pollinating?
Self-fertile, self-fruitful, and self-pollinating are all terms that mean the same thing. You can plant a tree that can pollinate itself and make fruit on its own.
Does dragon fruit need full sun?
Dragon fruit needs full sun, so choose a sunny spot in your garden or a sunny windowsill that gets at least six hours of sunlight a day. For the soil, choose potting soil that drains well and has a lot of organic matter. Dragon fruits don't like "wet feet," or roots that stay wet.
How often should I water dragonfruit?
In normal conditions, you should water your Dragon Fruit cactus about once every two weeks. To find out how wet the soil is, you can use your finger or a moisture meter. The soil should be dry or just a little bit damp.
Michael Gorelov
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