Selenicereus validus – S. validus


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Spicy Exotics Dragon Fruit ratings table:

Flavor – When testing for sweetness of the Dragon Fruit a device called a refractometer is used. It uses the brix scale of sweetness. This scale ranges from 0 to 32. The higher the number the sweeter the fruit. In addition to sweetness any unique attributes such as size and flavor are also considered when giving this rating.
Fruit Production – For the rating we look at how many fruits are produced from a single plant. Also, how easy or difficult it is to grow is considered. For example, a variety that is self-fertile will get a higher rating than an non self-fertile variety.
Growing – This is a rating of the overall hardiness of the plant. In addition to this, we also look at how quickly the plant adapts from cuttings and how long it will take before producing the first fruit.
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Selenicereus validus

Selenicereus validus is a night-blooming cactus from the genus Selenicereus and the species pteranthus. Its origin ranges from Mexico down through Central America, the Caribbean, and into South America. Selenicereus validus is a subtropical cactus and need a higher amount of moisture to grow compared to desert cacti. Stems are rope-like shaped 3/4″ to 1-1/2″ in diameter with fine spines covering the exterior. Ariel roots are common along the stem which aid in climbing.

Like many Selenicereus species, this variety is nocturnal blooming with blooms staying open till late morning that is typically fragrant. Flower buds start off by looking like miniature pointed cotton balls. Soon after, slender floral tubes having hairs at the base blooms 8″ to 12″ wide. The flower is white and yellow with yellow and red back petals when fully opened.

Fruits from Selenicereus validus has an unusual weighing about a quarter of a pound each. The exterior is bright red and with hair covering the entire fruit that can be brushed off once the fruit is ripe. The flesh is firm with small crunchy seeds. Spicy Exotics collected this variety from a grower in California.

Weight .50 lbs


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