Neon variety is an amazing setaceus hybrid that looks like a cross between a voodoo child and a sugar dragon, but grows twice as fast. The stems are a bit thinner than those of most other setaceus, but they are still thick and meaty. Definitely a good variety for both collectors and people who want to grow it.
Neon dragonfruit is a cross between Hylocereus setaceus and a species whose name is not known. This type of plant self-pollinates and is very fertile. Its pollen can be used to cross-pollinate other kinds of pitahaya flowers so that they can make fruit.
|Category:||Edible fruits, vines and climbers, cactus and succulents, epiphytes|
|USDA Zone:||10a: to -1.1 °C (30 °F) |
10b: to 1.7 °C (35 °F)
11: above 4.5 °C (40 °F)
|Sun exposure:||Full Sun / sun to partial shade|
|Water requirements:||Water regularly, do not overwater|
|Propagation methods:||From woody stem cuttings / from semi-hardwood cuttings / allow cut surface to callous over before planting / from seed, sow indoors before last frost or direct sow after last frost|
|Soil pH requirements:||6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic); |
6.6 to 7.5 (neutral);
7.6 to 7.8 (mildly alkaline)
|Outside color:||Red or pink|
|Pulp color:||Magenta flesh|
|Flavor:||5 out of 5|
|Appearance:||5 out of 5|
|Production:||5 out of 5|
|Home planting:||5 out of 5|
|Commercial planting:||5 out of 5|
This sort makes a lot of smaller fruits that can weigh up to 0.5 pounds. The pulp of the fruit is reddish and juicy, and it tastes sweet and sour, like a grape. Huge flowers with a diameter of more than 15 inches bloom from early spring to fall. It grows very well and makes a lot of fruit. This is a variety that can handle the cold pretty well. This one bears fruit early in the season. Brix 17-22.
Like its siblings, it has a lot of fruit and can be used to pollinate all other varieties. Its fruits are about half as big as those of the sugar pitaya and weigh about half a pound. Like its name suggests, the flesh is juicy and bright.