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This is a cactus species native to Central America and northwestern South America. This plant is known for having some of the largest stems made by any Dragon Fruit variety. They are extra large, three-sided growth with medium size spines. The flower buds emerge with red outline on the edges of the bud.

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This plant grows more like a tropical vine and we have seen it climbing on boulders, buildings. From late spring into fall appear the fragrant large inches long white bell-shaped flowers that appear at dusk and last for only one night.

To ensure fruiting it is advised that the flowers be hand pollinated in the evening since the natural pollinators are lacking in California but like our H. Plant in a well-drained soil in full coastal sun but protected inland.

Irrigate only a small amount shallowly but regularly in summer, including areas where aerial roots may be attached. This plant requires a near frost free climate to perpetuate, flower and fruit so it is not for everyone but successful fruiting has been achieved in warm locations here in the Santa Barbara area and further to the south.

Hylocereus costaricensis as the name implies is native to Costa Rica and ranges through Nicaragua south as far as Peru while Hylocereus undatus is thought to have originated from the tropical rainforests of Central and northern South America, but it native range in unknown since being spread worldwide for its fruit and ornamental plant.

The fruit of both varieties is delicious and nutritious as it is rich with antioxidants, dietary fiber and a large amount of vitamin C. One can chill the ripe fruit, remove the skin and cut it into bite-sized pieces and serve it as a dessert or add it to blended fruit drinks or salads.

Kip noted that he was given a cutting of this plant in by Jenny Saragosa of Carpinteria CA who had been growing it in her garden for many years after collecting in travels into Central and South America.

The images on our website are from Trio Nursery.

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Hylocereus Costaricensis ‘Costa Rica Nightblooming Cactus’

This plant grows more like a tropical vine and we have seen it climbing on boulders, buildings. From late spring into fall appear the fragrant large inches long white bell-shaped flowers that appear at dusk and last for only one night. To ensure fruiting it is advised that the flowers be hand pollinated in the evening since the natural pollinators are lacking in California but like our H. Plant in a well-drained soil in full coastal sun but protected inland. Irrigate only a small amount shallowly but regularly in summer, including areas where aerial roots may be attached. This plant requires a near frost free climate to perpetuate, flower and fruit so it is not for everyone but successful fruiting has been achieved in warm locations here in the Santa Barbara area and further to the south. Hylocereus costaricensis as the name implies is native to Costa Rica and ranges through Nicaragua south as far as Peru while Hylocereus undatus is thought to have originated from the tropical rainforests of Central and northern South America, but it native range in unknown since being spread worldwide for its fruit and ornamental plant.

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