The Hylocereus Undatus hybrid – “Neitzel” is a self-pollinating, very fertile plant that makes a lot of up to 1 lb. fruits with white pulp and a smooth, tasty texture.
Named for Jim Neitzel of the California Rare Fruit Growers Association. Great for making drinks or smoothies with fresh fruit. This kind is great when scooped out with a spoon like ice cream! Huge night blooms that are more than 15″ across.
The same soil as Epis, but the roots like shade and the top growth needs full sun to bloom well. If you live near the coast, it can take full sun. Blooms all summer. After blooming, fruits form, and depending on the weather, they are usually ready by late summer or fall.
|Plant type:||Perennial vine, fruit|
|Soil type:||Rich moist|
|Size:||H: 4'-10'; W: 3'|
|Flavor:||4 out of 5|
|Appearance:||5 out of 5|
|Production:||3 out of 5|
|Home planting:||4 out of 5|
|Commercial planting:||3 out of 5|
George Emerich Jr. gave the first hybrids to P. Thomson. He had sown hybrids of H. undatus that had been pollinated by H. polyrhizus.
The first hybrids P. Thomson got were named “Neitzel” and “Rixford.” They were made by crossing two species he didn’t know much about. The pulp in Rixford is red.
The hybrids of P. Thomson are called “Seedling” followed by a number (7-S for example). Between 1998 and 2000, all of these hybrids gave fruit.
Neitzel White Dragon Fruit makes red fruits with green tips. The inside of the fruit is white and tastes good and is refreshing. Neitzel White is a great variety with a mid-high yield and self-pollination. It is small and weighs between 0.3 and 0.7 lbs. The best way to eat them is cold and out of hand, or as a garnish. This variety is self pollinating.
This is a Hylocereus hybrid that is easy to grow and grows well with almost no spots. It blooms and makes fruit reliably, usually in the middle of summer, and likes the heat. Roots easy just like Epiphyllums.