The dragon fruit plant is a large climbing cactus that grows bright red or yellow fruit and has thick, towering branches that resemble succulents. The rich, juicy, and sweet fruit of the dragon fruit plant is excellent for eating raw, cutting up to add to salads, or blending to make smoothies or ice cream.
As if all of that weren’t enough, dragon fruit bushes also yield some of the biggest flowers in the entire world, referred to as “night-blooming cereus,” which only bloom for one night and fill the air with a distinct tropical aroma.
Types of Dragon Fruit
Home gardeners can grow one of three types of dragon fruit:
Hylocereus undatus. This species of dragon fruit, which has wʜɪᴛe ᴍᴇᴀᴛ and scarlet or pink skin, is the most popular.
Hylocereus megalanthus. The flesh of this dragon fruit is wʜɪᴛe, with a yellow skin.
Hylocereus costaricensis. The ᴍᴇᴀᴛ of this dragon fruit is crimson or purple, with red skin.
Climate for Growing Dragon Fruit
Dragon fruit belongs to the cactus family, but it differs from the cacti you often see in the desert in that it is a subtropical cactus that originated in Central and South America. As a result, it does best in mild, humid climates. Only temperatures between 32 and 90 degrees Fahrenheit, which are restricted to USDA hardiness zones 10 and 11, will allow you to successfully grow dragon fruit. If the temperature is too cold or warm for the fruit to grow outside, you can successfully grow a dragon fruit plant indoors in a pot.
There are 2 type to Grow Dragon Fruit: from seed and cutting
To grow your own dragon fruit cactus, simply buy a dragon fruit from the store and sow the seeds. However, keep in mind that it could take a while for a dragon fruit plant you start from seed to start producing fruit. A mature plant’s pruning can produce new dragon fruit plants.
Harvest Dragon Fruit
Harvesting is simple after your dragon fruit tree has begun bearing fruit. Search for colorful fruits whose “wings” have begun to wilt. Gently twist the fruit; if it is ripe, the stem will readily give way. The fruit will be overripe if you wait for it to fall off the stem on its own. Unpeeled dragon fruit can be stored for up to two weeks in the refrigerator or for a number of days on the counter.
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