Dragon fruit (Hylocereus undatus) is an exotic and delicious fruit that can be grown at home with minimal effort. The plant is a cactus, so it thrives in hot, dry climates and does not need much water to survive. The fruits are large and brightly colored, with a sweet taste that is similar to a cross between a kiwi and a pear.
Dragon fruit is native to Central and South America, and its popularity has been on the rise in recent years. The dragon fruit plant is easy to grow and care for and can produce an abundance of fruit with proper care. This article will provide you with instructions on how to grow dragon fruit.
How long does it take to grow dragon fruit?
Dragon fruits typically take about 6-8 months to mature from the time they are planted. Once the fruits are ripe, they can be harvested by hand or with a sharp knife. Dragon fruit plants can produce fruit for many years if they are properly cared for.
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Is dragon fruit easy to grow?
Yes, dragon fruit is easy to grow. The plant grows best in humid, tropical climates and requires very little maintenance. Dragon fruit can be grown in pots or in the ground, and the plants are relatively drought-tolerant. Dragon fruit plants will produce fruit within two to three years of planting.
What is the best way to grow dragon fruit?
Dragon fruit can be grown in the home garden with some basic knowledge of its needs. Here are the different ways to grow dragon fruit.
Dragon fruit can be grown from seeds, but it takes a lot of time and very little equipment. Pick up an organic dragon fruit from your neighborhood grocery store, then remove the seeds.
Before putting the seeds in a seed-starting tray with damp soil, wash them and let them dry overnight. Within two weeks, the seeds ought to begin to grow.
Seedlings should only receive a small amount of water, and before adding more, the soil must be fully dry.
Expect to wait five to seven years for a mature plant to appear and begin bearing fruit if you want to get a good harvest of dragon fruit. Due to the short one to three-year fruiting period, cuttings are preferred by many growers of dragon fruit.
Finding a friend with a tree and starting a dragon fruit tree from a cutting are both pretty simple processes. Cut a 30 cm portion of a dragon fruit tree in half, and let the cut end dry for 5–6 days, or until it turns white.
Once it has dried, plant it cut side down in the sand with a monthly watering. Within a month, your plant will start to send out roots, settle down, and start to grow.
This approach requires a one to three years waiting period for fruit.
Growing dragon fruit outdoors
It’s a terrific idea to give your yard some color and character to grow dragon fruit outdoors. To get ready, clear the area of weeds and rocks and check that the soil is somewhat acidic and sandy. The bed can always be made more cactus-proof by adding a little extra potting soil.
Be careful because they are heavy plants and need to be able to hold the weight of the dragon fruit plant while it is producing fruit as well. As your dragon fruit plant grows, invest in a trellis or place it close to a fence or other object that it can climb on.
Growing dragon fruit in pots
For those who live in cooler regions of Australia, growing dragon fruit in pots is an excellent option because you can relocate your plant to a warmer location anytime you need to. Dragon fruit plants can get quite tall and develop aerial roots under the correct circumstances. Look for a pot that is around 600mm broad and 250mm deep. Fill it with high-quality, slightly acidic, sandy cacti potting soil.
Because dragon fruit plants climb, support them with a stake, trellis, or another object they can use to climb.
Where do dragon fruits grow best?
Dragon fruits are typically grown in climates with little to no frost and plenty of sunlight. Dragon fruits do best when they are planted in well-draining soil that is high in organic matter. The plants require very little water and fertilization, so they are perfect for arid or desert climates. When grown outdoors, dragon fruits need support from a trellis or other structure due to their heavy fruit.