Frankies Red Dragon Fruit is a hybrid variety that comes from the genus and species of Selenicereus megalanthus and Hylocereus polyrhizus. Research collected has stated that this variety of Selenicereus megalanthus occurred naturally in wild nature. Spicy Exotics acquired two plants of this variety from two different tropical nurseries in California.
The growth of Frankies Red is three-sided and olive green in color. Three small spins occur along the cutting edge, and the cutting is often tiny and long. Two significant challenges in growing this variety are its susceptibility to heat and cold. Secondly, during excess rainfall, this variety tends to experience rust. For these reasons, Spicy Exotics does not recommend this variety for beginners.
The flower is a medium-sized bloom, with the inner petals white and the outer petals yellow and white. The shape of the flower resembles a bell when fully opened. The flower buds differ from other Selenicereus species and resemble the Hylocereus species. Flowers open just after sunset and close at sunrise. Flowers are self-fertile, but we recommend hand pollination to ensure fruit set.
The fruit is similar in shape and size compared to a Yellow Dragon fruit. When the fruit emerges, it turns from green to yellow, then orange. When ready to eat, the color of the flesh is red with white highlights in the center of the fruit. The fruit also has a beautiful sweetness with an average brix rating of 21. Thorns form on the fruit’s base; however, when ready for harvest, they brush off very quickly before picking.