This variety came to Florida from Thailand. In Homestead, Florida, it is grown on a small scale for sale. It always makes dark-fleshed, magenta-colored fruit. The Natural Mystic doesn’t need to be cross-pollinated or pollinated by hand, so it would be a great choice for both small-scale and large-scale farms.
Natural Mystic Dragon Fruit is a cross between the species polyrhizus and undatus of the genus Hylocereus and the species polyrhizus. This variety was brought to Florida from Homestead, Thailand, where it is grown for sale. The best thing about this variety is that it is one of the few with red flesh that can reproduce itself.
Natural Mystic grows in a very different way from other types of Dragon Fruit. The plant’s mature stems have meaty, three-sided flesh and small to medium-sized spines.
|Skin color:||Red / purple|
|Flesh color:||Magenta / dark red|
|Days to harvest:||~35|
|Weather tolerance:||4 out of 5|
|Fruit production:||4 out of 5|
|Flavor:||5 out of 5|
|Growing:||4 out of 5|
The flower is big, with white and yellow petals on the inside that turn red at the tips of the outside petals. Most flower buds of red-fleshed species look like the flower buds on Natural Mystic. In Louisiana, the flower opens a few hours after it gets dark and closes a few hours after it gets light.
There is a lot of pollen on the flowers, which makes them a great source of pollen for self-sterile varieties. In South Louisiana, it takes 35 days from the flower opening to the fruit forming.
Natural Mystic always makes fruit with red flesh that weighs about a pound. The fruit has an average brix rating of 15, which means it is only half sweet. Hand pollination and thinning the buds will make the pitaya even bigger.
Hylocereus polyrhizus and Hylocereus undatus got together to make the Natural Mystic. This variety produces medium-sized to large fruits with dark red to magenta pulp. Without rins, the taste is very sweet and not very sour, and the fruit can weigh between 450 and 750 grams. The plant can make its own pollen. Four times a year, Natural Mystic can produce fruit.
This pitahaya variety is grown commercially in Thailand, where it was first grown. This type’s mature stems are longer and meatier than those of other types. The branches are more likely to get rust and are more sensitive to moisture than those of other varieties. The flowers make a lot of pollen, which can be used to help other types of plants grow. About 35 days after pollination, the fruit is ready to eat.
Its skin is pinkish red, and its fins are lime green. The flesh is firm and has a good balance of sweet and sour flavors. It tastes like melon and usually weighs between 1 and 2 pounds. The brix ranges from 15 to 19, depending on how ripe it is.