Dragon fruit, also known as the Pitaya, is an exotic tropical fruit that originates from South-America. Have you ever eaten dragon fruit? Dragon fruit looks amazing and it has a great taste! Dragon fruit is a rare tropical fruit that you probably won’t find in a convenience store. Because of this, growing your own dragon fruit cuttings is a very good idea. Read this article to find out how to grow dragon fruit the right way!
A step-by-step plan of growing a dragon fruit cutting!
There are several ways to grow dragon fruit, namely from seeds or from cuttings indoors, outdoors and in pots. In this article, we will explain how to grow dragon fruit from a cutting, because this is the fastest way! Propagating dragon fruit cuttings is quite easy. Read the steps down here:
- Choose the right setting for your cutting
- Maintenance of the pitaya plant
- Harvest the dragon fruit
Step 1: Choose the right environment
Decide if you want to plant indoors or outdoors. If you live in a warm area with a long warm growing season, then you can plant the cutting outside. Usually, a dragon fruit cutting can handle some frost, but certainly not too much. When the winter season is coming in your area you should move the plant inside. The leaves of the plant need at least 6 hours of sunlight and preferably more if possible.
Subsequently, you choose if you want to plant it open outside or in a pot. If you choose for a pot, then you need to use a pot that has a diameter of 16 to 26 inches with a depth of 10 inches. Also, make sure you will use a climb stake. The plant will grow to a certain point that you will need a bigger pot. So be ready to report.
Tip! If you use a pot to plant a dragon fruit cutting, then you can shift it as well indoors as outdoors.This way, you’re not dependent on the weather.
To complete this step you will need to use well-drained sandy cactus soil. This is very important because you don’t want to use wet mushy earth. A dragon fruit plant needs more sunlight than food. If you haven’t cactus soil available, then you can make your own mixture of sand, compost, and potting soil. Fill the pot to about 2,5 to 3 inches of the top edge.
Step 2: Take care of the pitaya plant
If you have chosen the right set up for your dragon fruit cutting then it’s time to plant the cutting in a pot. First, you must let dry the cutting for 5 to 6 days in a cool dark spot before planting. For best results, you need to plant the cutting in full sunlight for at least 6 hours a day. Make sure that you regularly give the dragon fruit plant water. Not too much, only when the soil is starting to dry out. Did you know that the #1 cause of death in plants is overwatering? Lastly, you need to fertilize about every 2 months with organic fertilizer. This way you will get a healthy mature plant.
Step 3: Time to harvest the dragon fruit
It can take 1 to 3 years before you can harvest dragon fruit cuttings. Growing dragon fruit in pots or in the open field in your garden can only be successful if you support the plant. Make sure the plant can be attached to a climb stake or fence. This way it can hold its strength without breaking off. If the plant gets too big, make sure you prune it by cutting off some branches.
You can see if the pitaya is ripe by its color. It should be red or yellow depending on the variety. The peel should also be a little soft when you squeeze it. When it is ripe it’s time to eat and enjoy your self-made dragon fruit.
Is planting dragon fruit cuttings suitable for me?
Planting dragon fruit is suitable for everyone! It’s fun and informative to do. So make you sure you have tried growing a dragon fruit cutting. It’s delicious. If dragon fruit is not your most favorite fruit to eat, then you can also plant other tropical seeds like passion fruit or lemon for example. You can buy Tropical Seeds online. For other tropical fruits, you can almost follow the same steps as for dragon fruit.