First Flowering and Fruiting of the White Pitaya

Written by fruit   // 20/02/2006   // 0 Comments

Dawn Meneikys from the Mossman Branch tells the story of her White Pitaya, and how she got it to fruit for the first time. 

The white Pitaya showed the first buds of the season on Nov. 22nd, 2005. There were forty buds in all – the biggest budding yet. The cactus plant is three years old and this is it’s third fruiting. The first flowers opened on the evening of the 9th Dec. – five flowers; the next evening twenty one flowers opened; then twelve the following evening and the final two flowers came on 12th. Fay Adams came around to take some photos for me on her digital camera.

I’ve been feeding the Pitaya cactus plants with a folia spray of “Charlie Carp” every month since I first planted them, both the red one and the white one, both planted in March of 2002, and have had quite a good lot of fruit from them. 

The red pitaya hasn’t as many fruit on it as last year (yet) but they flower several times during the warm summer months, and then settle into growing new cactus during the cooler winter months, so I can expect to get a lot more fruit from them yet. Generally I have found that it takes around two months from buds to ripe fruit. The red pitaya had buds a month earlier than the white pitaya and the fruit on it are filling out well at the moment. 

By Christmas, there should be ripe fruit, as they were a little later this year. Last year it was late September when the first buds showed on the red pitaya, but this year it was late October. Could it be the drier weather we have been having?. 

Dawn Meneikys
Mossman Branch


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