Yellow Cross 68 – Selenicereus megalanthus X


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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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Yellow Cross 68

Yellow Cross 68 Dragon Fruit is a hybrid variety that comes from Selenicereus megalanthus (also known as Yellow Dragon) and an unknown Hylocereus species. The fruit is oval with small green fins on red skin along with a deep red flesh. The average weight of the fruit is between 8 and 12 ounces. The fruit had a mild tartness with a slightly earthy aftertaste. The fruits tested with a Brix rating of 15 and 16.  Flower bud to flower was 21 days, and flower to fruit was an additional 21 days. We fell if the fruit was on the vine longer the Brix rating could have been a little higher. The flowers of Yellow Cross 68 are night-blooming that have white petals and deep red and yellow calyx (outer peddles). The flower resembles the Yellow Dragon. The stems also resemble Yellow Dragon whoever they are thicker. This growth is three-sided with large sized thorns. Mature stems tend to get a thin waxy coating that will allow this variety to tolerate heat and cold better than Yellow Dragon.

Our first fruit came from a 5-gallon container where it produced three flowers. From these three flowers, three fruits set with hand pollination. We are unsure at this time if Yellow Cross 68 can set fruit on its own. This Dragon fruit variety multiplies and we experienced our flowers and fruit within one calendar year. We also felt this would be a good juicer due to its healthy deep red flesh and abundance of fruit. Spicy Exotics aquired this variety from a grower in California.

Weight .75 lbs


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