Raising dragons from the vine
Ensuring an abundance of pollinators like bats, moths and bees should help make growing the colourful and breathtaking 'kaew mangkorn' fruit a fairly simple affair
Taking advantage of a four-day holiday recently, my family went upcountry to indulge in our favourite pastime: gardening. Leaving Bangkok at 1pm on Saturday, we arrived at our country home at 10pm and even before we reached the doorstep I had found the answer to a reader's question.
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The reader had planted Hylocereus undatus, commonly known as dragon fruit, or kaew mangkorn in Thai, along his fence and they had begun to bloom, but the flowers never turned into fruit so he wanted to know why. I answered that I had never planted dragon fruit but I heard the flowers opened at night, and the lack of fruit could be due to the absence of pollinating bats and night-roaming insects like moths.
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