Too much rain ruined the dragon fruit

@Alexandoy (65779)
Cainta, Philippines
August 9, 2020 12:40am CST
In the picture is the rotten branch (or limb) of the dragon fruit plant. It is sad that the fruit has no more nutrients so it will not ripen anymore. This usually happens when there it too much rain that the plant seemed to be soaked. Maybe I have to put a net over the plant.
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@crossbones27 (43270)
• Redlands, California
9 Aug 20
Is that the farm or your house, not that it matters but just curious, sounds like your house and they have slowly started to really emphasize those plant nets because even in the dry desert it catches the moisture so plants can survive, its more like mosquito netting though. Is that what you use?
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@Alexandoy (65779)
• Cainta, Philippines
9 Aug 20
That plant is in our front yard. The net I am speaking of is similar to a mosquito net but with bigger holes.
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@louievill (28919)
• Philippines
9 Aug 20
What we use are fisherman's nets, if you are tight on budget you could sometimes just ask for damaged ones if you live near a fishing village, just make sure to soak it for a long time in fresh water to get all the salt out that is harmful to plants.
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@Alexandoy (65779)
• Cainta, Philippines
9 Aug 20
@louievill we are far from the sea.
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@louievill (28919)
• Philippines
9 Aug 20
Dragon fruit is a fruiting cactus so it needs well draining soil, perhaps you could make a bed that has sand mixed into the soil.
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@Alexandoy (65779)
• Cainta, Philippines
9 Aug 20
The roots are already far and wide, we cannot touch the soil anymore.
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@louievill (28919)
• Philippines
9 Aug 20
@Alexandoy nets won't work either because it would dim and deprive the plant of needed sunlight, I usually reserve nets for orchids. I think there is no other option except to start all over using mature fruiting cuttings, ( to save time) either make a new deep sandy bed or replant it in a very large container with large holes for drainage and a sandy mix.
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@Alexandoy (65779)
• Cainta, Philippines
9 Aug 20
@louievill the nets will lesson the direct hit of the rain because the water will cascade when the net is placed like a tent.
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@jstory07 (119283)
• Roseburg, Oregon
9 Aug 20
That is sad. Did you lose all of them.
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@Alexandoy (65779)
• Cainta, Philippines
9 Aug 20
Just some fruits but majority turned out good to harvest.
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@jstory07 (119283)
• Roseburg, Oregon
9 Aug 20
@Alexandoy At least you still have some.
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@Alexandoy (65779)
• Cainta, Philippines
9 Aug 20
@jstory07 yes, more were harvested than the ruined. But it would be best when all fruits are harvested.
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@sophie09 (34791)
• Indonesia
9 Aug 20
Wow thats good you have the dragonfruits there. It is quite expensive here now
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@Alexandoy (65779)
• Cainta, Philippines
9 Aug 20
Yesterday I asked the market vendor on the price of dragon fruit, it is $4 per kilo.
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@sophie09 (34791)
• Indonesia
10 Aug 20
@Alexandoy my mom said it is quite expensive here but dont know the exact price
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@Alexandoy (65779)
• Cainta, Philippines
10 Aug 20
@sophie09 it is more expensive than mango or banana.
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@simplfred (19913)
• Philippines
9 Aug 20
We also have some dragon fruits here. There's one fruit that I have open and there's some little worms inside so I did not eat it... Maybe with the effect of wet season..
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@Alexandoy (65779)
• Cainta, Philippines
9 Aug 20
That fruit in the picture also has worms.
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@simplfred (19913)
• Philippines
9 Aug 20
@Alexandoy I see... Actually, I've eaten it a bit until I notice the worm... Hopefully it is a good bacteria... Ha ha...
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@Alexandoy (65779)
• Cainta, Philippines
9 Aug 20
@simplfred the worm is a larva of a flying insect.
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@nela13 (49917)
• Portugal
9 Aug 20
The weather can ruin fruits and vegetables, here sometimes it happens too.
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@Alexandoy (65779)
• Cainta, Philippines
10 Aug 20
It is really annoying when fruits are ruined. Some flowers are also ruined.
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@nela13 (49917)
• Portugal
10 Aug 20
@Alexandoy yes, it happens the same with flowers.
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@Alexandoy (65779)
• Cainta, Philippines
10 Aug 20
@nela13 next year I can install a net that will make my plants safe from too much rain.
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@wolfgirl569 (53570)
• Marion, Ohio
9 Aug 20
Thats too bad. Are they in the ground or pots? If they are in the ground it would be hard to keep them dry
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@Alexandoy (65779)
• Cainta, Philippines
9 Aug 20
The plant is on the ground so I cannot move it.
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@wolfgirl569 (53570)
• Marion, Ohio
10 Aug 20
@Alexandoy Start you some in pots so you can shelter them if needed.
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@Alexandoy (65779)
• Cainta, Philippines
10 Aug 20
@wolfgirl569 the dragon fruit is a cactus vine. It climbs the wall so it cannot be in a pot for moving.
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@TheHorse (153281)
• Walnut Creek, California
10 Aug 20
Sorry to hear. What does the fruit taste like?
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@Alexandoy (65779)
• Cainta, Philippines
10 Aug 20
The fruit is similar to kiwi in texture but the taste is sweeter.
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@TheHorse (153281)
• Walnut Creek, California
10 Aug 20
@Alexandoy Oh, I think I would like it, though I do love the sour part of kiwi.
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@Alexandoy (65779)
• Cainta, Philippines
10 Aug 20
@TheHorse there is no sour part. The flesh is succulent because it is a variety of cactus.
@CarolDM (182226)
• United States
9 Aug 20
Too bad about that. The weather can be devastating to the garden.
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@Alexandoy (65779)
• Cainta, Philippines
9 Aug 20
It is my usual problem with the dragon fruit. Not only the fruits are affected but also the flowers that are aborted.
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@CarolDM (182226)
• United States
9 Aug 20
@Alexandoy It happens unfortunately.
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@Alexandoy (65779)
• Cainta, Philippines
10 Aug 20
@CarolDM yes, that is nature at work. We have to think of ways to avoid that.
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@hereandthere (45884)
• Philippines
9 Aug 20
sad but true. some plants thrive in the rain, some don't. thanks for the picture. now i know what it looks like.
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@Alexandoy (65779)
• Cainta, Philippines
9 Aug 20
It is a cactus that does not need to much water.
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• Philippines
9 Aug 20
@Alexandoy yes, a mylotter from ilocos sur who isn't active anymore showed pictures of his dragon plant. i hope the netting works since you cannot uproot it anymore.
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@Alexandoy (65779)
• Cainta, Philippines
9 Aug 20
@hereandthere the hardware is closed for now so I have to wait.
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@marlina (144071)
• Canada
9 Aug 20
Even if you put a net over the plant, there are still holes in it and the rain will still come
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@Alexandoy (65779)
• Cainta, Philippines
9 Aug 20
But most of the rain will cascade downwards if the net is installed like a tent.
@Lavanya15 (12949)
• Chennai, India
9 Aug 20
Hear you lost your harvest my friend. Can I know how it's dragon fruit taste my friend. I don't taste still now??
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@Alexandoy (65779)
• Cainta, Philippines
9 Aug 20
It is similar to kiwi fruit and tastes like watermelon.
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@RubyHawk (59238)
• Atlanta, Georgia
10 Aug 20
I hope you don’t lose all your fruit. I’d never heard of dragon fruit.
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@Alexandoy (65779)
• Cainta, Philippines
10 Aug 20
I lost just some fruits and flowers too.
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@RubyHawk (59238)
• Atlanta, Georgia
11 Aug 20
@Alexandoy Doyou cook the fruit or eat it like a peach.
@Alexandoy (65779)
• Cainta, Philippines
11 Aug 20
@RubyHawk the fruit is eaten as is, yes, like a peach or plum. We just remove the skin and that's it.
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• Semarang, Indonesia
9 Aug 20
So sad... so the fruit cannot be eaten?
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@Alexandoy (65779)
• Cainta, Philippines
9 Aug 20
Yes, the fruit was already ruined so I just threw it away.
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• Semarang, Indonesia
10 Aug 20
@Alexandoy huuu.... huuu so sad
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@Alexandoy (65779)
• Cainta, Philippines
10 Aug 20
@HannahKusKus some flowers were also ruined.
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• India
9 Aug 20
Ohhh I'm so sorry that the rain didn't spare your dragon fruit this time
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@Alexandoy (65779)
• Cainta, Philippines
9 Aug 20
Yes, poor fruit that was soaked in the rain.
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• India
9 Aug 20
@Alexandoy oh dear... I guess you have to make some arrangement soon to guard them from the rain because it might be a problem every year during the rainy season.
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@Alexandoy (65779)
• Cainta, Philippines
9 Aug 20
@Miracle_Maya maybe I can fix it for next year. Not now because the hardware is closed.
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@nawala123 (20973)
• Indonesia
10 Aug 20
in here rain is big issue for farmer too. many plants lose the floer and dont bera fruit after, said my father
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@Alexandoy (65779)
• Cainta, Philippines
10 Aug 20
This reminds me of our mango tree that lost half of the flowers when it rained in January.
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@nawala123 (20973)
• Indonesia
10 Aug 20
@Alexandoy durian tree is also sensitive too intensive rain
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@Alexandoy (65779)
• Cainta, Philippines
10 Aug 20
@nawala123 do you have marang there? It tastes like custard apple combined with jack fruit.
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@rsa101 (34023)
• Philippines
9 Aug 20
Oh that is sad when plants are affected by the rains we are having. I hope the whole plant would survive this rainy season.
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@Alexandoy (65779)
• Cainta, Philippines
9 Aug 20
The whole plant always survives but some of the flowers and fruits do not mature.
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@rsa101 (34023)
• Philippines
10 Aug 20
@Alexandoy Oh well I guess it just will have to wait for the next sunny days ahead to again be able to be productive
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@Alexandoy (65779)
• Cainta, Philippines
10 Aug 20
@rsa101 it has only one fruiting season in a year.
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@psanasangma (5501)
• India
10 Aug 20
I really wants to grow this dragon fruits. I am not been able to get the seeds yet..
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@Alexandoy (65779)
• Cainta, Philippines
10 Aug 20
The planting material is not the seeds but the limb or the branch. What you see in the picture with the fruit is the planting material. Cut it and plant it. That's it.
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• India
10 Aug 20
@Alexandoy I see, this will be risky to purchase if nurseries are not nearby then..
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@Alexandoy (65779)
• Cainta, Philippines
10 Aug 20
@psanasangma yes, you buy from the nursery.
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@id_peace (14288)
• Singapore
10 Aug 20
Chopped off that particular section and see how it goes.
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@Alexandoy (65779)
• Cainta, Philippines
10 Aug 20
I already cut that limb because it is already diseased.
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@id_peace (14288)
• Singapore
14 Aug 20
Glad to hear that. It is better to give up a branch than to have an entire tree gone.
@Alexandoy (65779)
• Cainta, Philippines
14 Aug 20
@id_peace that is a good adage you said. Cut the branch and save the tree.
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@moffittjc (104097)
• Gainesville, Florida
10 Aug 20
Is that fruit in the picture salvageable? Can you eat any part of it, or is it not ripened or good to eat like that?
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@Alexandoy (65779)
• Cainta, Philippines
10 Aug 20
No more, that fruit is doomed when it turned yellow because it is not mature yet.
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@moffittjc (104097)
• Gainesville, Florida
12 Aug 20
@Alexandoy Do you cut it off the plant when it turns yellow like that, or do you just let it stay on there and rot?
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@Alexandoy (65779)
• Cainta, Philippines
12 Aug 20
@moffittjc when it turns yellow I cut it off for the yellow part may be due to fungus.
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