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Hylocereus megalanthus

Yellow Pitaya, Yellow Dragon Fruit

An epiphytic cactus native to northern South America with long shoots that produce giant white flowers, perhaps the largest of any cactus, followed by pear-sized, yellow fruits with watery white flesh, commonly known and marketed as Yellow Pitaya or Yellow Dragon Fruit. The fruits are popular mainly because of their strange shape and color. They are pleasant and mildly sweet but rather bland.

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Seeds from this species ...

... are difficult to germinate and need up to 1 month to sprout.
They didn't take long to germinate I planted them about 2 weeks ago and about 3 days ago I saw the first little plant in the pot.I had them in water for a few hours before I put them in the pot so it would soak up some water and start growing faster and it worked.The reason I put a difficult rating on it is because I planted about 10 seeds and only one has germinated so far and started growing so be prepared to plant a few seeds to enhance your chances of getting plants from these. Thanks for reading and good luck with your germination of these plants.
Submitted on 19/03/2013 by one of our visitors

... are very easy to germinate and need up to 1 month to sprout.
Got seeds from RPS on April 24th, and the first few germinated today, May 5th. I put them in pure perlite, added water and closed in a plastic bag. The room temperature was from 22-25°C and they had an average 2 hours of sun per day.
Submitted on 05/05/2012 by Marko

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If you wish to read more on palm cultivation, we highly recommend Ornamental Palm Horticulture by Timothy K. Broschat and Alan W. Meerow, available in our bookshop.

Ratings and comments reflect individual experiences and the views of our visitors. They do not necessarily describe the most appropriate methods, nor are they necessarily valid for all seeds or plants of this species. Germination and plant cultivation success depends on many different factors; nevertheless, these experiences will hopefully aid you in your effort to get the best germination results from our seeds and the best growth results from your plants.

We recommend:
The Encyclopedia of Cultivated Palms

The Encyclopedia of Cultivated Palms
by Robert Lee Riffle, Paul Craft, Scott Zona

2nd edition
Completely revised and updated

Hardcover - 528 pages
11 x 8.5 inches

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Suitable for: all

The Encyclopedia of Cultivated Palms is the definitive account of all palms that can be grown for ornamental and economic use. Palms are often underutilized as a result of their unfamiliarity—even to tropical gardeners. To help introduce these valuable plants to a new audience, the authors have exhaustively documented every genus in the palm family.
825 species are described in detail, including cold hardiness, water needs, height, and any special requirements. Generously illustrated with more than 900 photos, including photos of several palm species that have never before appeared in a general encyclopedia, The Encyclopedia of Cultivated Palms is as valuable as an identification guide as it is a practical handbook. Interesting snippets of history, ethnobotany, and biology inform the text and make this a lively catalog of these remarkable plants.

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