How To Take Care Of Your Dragon Fruit (Pitahaya)

How To Take Care Of Your Dragon Fruit (Pitahaya)

A tropical fruit tree from southern Mexico and South America, ideal for pots and garden beds in warmer areas of New Zealand, protected from frosts and wind.

The Green Grower has the yellow variety (Hylocereus and Selenicereus megalanthus) popular for its mild, sweet flavour and because it is rich in fibre, Vitamin C and antioxidants.

It is best staked firmly with a sturdy square, horizontal or round top so that the aerial roots can cling and, like the rest of the plant, produce several pickings of fruit over a year.

How much light does your Dragon Fruit need?

Being in the cactus family, they enjoy a light, sunny situation, but if kept outside after ‘hardening up,’ ensure that they are protected from frosts and winds in particular. Indoors, keep them in a well-lit position to maintain health and fruit production.

What type of soil does your Dragon Fruit need?

Indoors, a well-drained, sandy and slightly acidic mix in a pot is best. Outdoors, they do not like being too wet, so you may need to raise the beds and add in compost, gypsum and perlite.

What temperature is best for your Dragon Fruit?

Indoors, a range between 12-30C is fine. Outdoors, they are more suited to warmer areas of New Zealand and must always be protected from temperature extremes, wind and frosts.

How much water does your Dragon Fruit need?

Keep moist but not wet in the warmer months over Summer, whether indoors or out. Being a succulent, they can handle semi-drought conditions but need moisture to promote fruit growth.

What is the best fertiliser for your Dragon Fruit?

A balanced organic fertiliser is best, especially in Spring and early Summer. Outdoors, they will appreciate compost and decomposed manure at the time of planting and a good organic mix over the main growing season.

General Care Tips for your Dragon Fruit.

Your Dragon fruit will grow, climb, flower and fruit well with proper care, so make sure it is well-staked with something sturdy at the top to keep its spread in check.

They handle the heat, drought, humidity and poor soils well but grow best with regular watering, rich soil, a sunny spot and a compost or organic pellet fertiliser. An occasional light dose of lime could help. Neem oil is best for getting rid of insect pests.

The Green Grower’s Rating of Dragon Fruit.

An ideal choice for a variety of reasons. Indoors or out, with their ‘cactus-succulent’ appearance, they can bring a different look in terms of shape and texture and their white flowers provide an exotic, fruity scent.

The fruit is ideal in smoothies, jams and desserts, or simply to eat like a Kiwi Fruit. With additional health benefits, we really recommend the Dragon Fruit for your tropical collection!



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