Wordless Wednesday: Sept 19, 2012

Today’s Wordless Wednesday shows how FAST my Hylocereus Undatus has grown over the past 6 months.  In the intense heat of a Florida summer, the stem segments can put on 16″ in a fortnight!  With growth this rapid, how do we not see it as it happens!?! ;)

Let’s start with a picture taken on Monday, September 17 and work backwards:

Hylocereus Undatus, September 2012

On May 16, it looked VERY different:

Red Pitaya

:And this is how it looked on March 12, when I removed it from the original container and dug it in-ground:

Hylocereus Undatus, March 12, 2012

WOW!!  That looks downright small in comparison!!!

As an FYI,  I purchased this specimen in the Fall of 2011 and kept it as a container plant for 6mos before planting. Hylocereus usually flower/fruit after reaching age 2, so I suspect it will bud sometime next summer. :)

If you’d like to know more about this remarkable vining cactus, check out the University of Florida Miami/Dade Pitaya page.

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Until next time…..

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