South Coast Research and Extension Center
University of California
South Coast Research and Extension Center

2017 Pitahaya

Date: August 26, 2017

Time: 7:30 AM - 3:00 PM

Contact: Tammy Majcherek

Sponsor: South Coast Research and Extension Center

Event Details

Don't miss out on the 2017 Pitahaya "Dragon Fruit" Festival and Field Day. Pre-registration is required, sign up at

For more information click here for the event flyer.


Day 1 - August 25, 2017: Join the self-driven tour starting in Escondido visiting various growers and talking with researchers.

Day 2 - August 26, 2017: Field day at South Coast Research and Extension Center - learn about specific varieties, new growing methods, pests, and more! Of course you will want to give the taste buds a treat with the annual fruit tasting - which variety tickles your fancy?

Topics to be Discussed on August 26th:

  • Pitahaya/Dragon Fruit Varieties, Pollen Collection and Pollination
    Demonstration - Ramiro Lobo & Tony Pacheco,
  • UCCE San Diego Weed Identification & Weed Control Clinic - Cheryl Wilen, UCCE IPM Area Advisor
  • Nematode Issues in Pitahaya Production - Ole Becker, UC Riverside Nematology Specialist
  • Pitahaya Trellis & Irrigation Trials, Irrigation Systems Design
    Considerations - Gary Tanizaki, UCCE San Diego and Jose Fernandez de
    Soto, UC Hansen REC
  • Vertebrate Pest Management Strategies Demonstration - Niamh Quinn,
    UCCE Orange/San Diego Counties
  • Growing Pitahayas in your Backyard - Ed Valdivia, Grower/Pitahaya
    Breeder (Simi Valley) and Linda Nickerson, Grower/Pitahaya Nursery

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