Yes, there are red dragon fruit flowers. Some varieties of dragon fruit have reddish, pink & purple shades. They are just as beautiful as the white flowers. Have a look at the beauty right below here:
The red flower petals are a bit thinner than the white flowers. The stigma forms an umbrella shape surrounded by the anthers. The fruits of the red-flowered Connie Mayer in particular has a very sweet fragrance. When eaten fresh, it tastes a bit like coconut. A very refreshing tropical taste.
You can find some other species with red flowers like:
Indeed, Bruni, Connie Mayer & Kathie van Arum are the three sister varieties created by the talented German hybridizer Eckhard Meier.
Some of these varieties are still under continuous development. The Asunta, for example, has been through version 1, 2, 3 & so on. It took over 15 years to continue improving this beautiful variety with good-tasting fruits. They actually grow these from seeds & wait up to 5 years to get a first taste of the fruits. It's truly remarkable.
As you can see the Edgar Valdivia introducing the Asunta 4 right here:
This close-up of the Asunta 4, a red-flowered dragon fruit variety, takes us into three-dimensional mesmerizing. It's just too beautiful to say with words:
Most of the species are hybrid crosses. Kathie van Arum, for example, is a hybrid between Hylocereus stenopterus x Hylocereus undatus. They have some of these varieties on their website at http://mattslandscape.com/hylocereus/
Let's have a quick tour around:
Most red dragon fruit flowers are not self-fertile though. So some hand pollination is needed. People are however trying to improve this, making the species self-fertile.
This way, growers with dozens or hundreds of plants don't have to go one by one to pollinate each one. Hand pollination is a fun process though. It may be time consuming & impractical in some cases.
See a grower hand pollinates Connie Mayer:
Enjoying the red-flowered varieties
So there you have it folks–the answer is yes red dragon fruit flowers do exist besides the commonly known white ones. In the early days, no one really knew that dragon fruits would produce red flowers. All we saw at that time was the white ones. It was only until the efforts of hybridizing different species that growers got this interesting response back from nature. And who knows, may be there are some more colors hiding in their gene composition, waiting to be explored & unleashed into the show. Enjoy & have a great time growing your dragons.
- kim phan
- Grafting Dragon Fruit
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