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Dragon Fruit Cactus

Dragon Fruit Cactus

Dragon Fruit Cactus

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Dragon Fruit Cactus

If you want to transform your garden into an exotic, tropical paradise, the Dragon Fruit Cactus is the perfect centerpiece. This stunning tree produces a spreading canopy of cactus-like vines twisting outward from a palm-like trunk. Foot-long flowers and wild, neon pink fruit only add to the visual excitement of this unique plant, which is sure to draw admiration and envy from everyone who sees it.

The fruit of the Dragon Fruit Cactus is a truly extraordinary sight. Dragon fruit is about the size of a baseball, a deep, bright pink in color and covered with distinguished, curling scales of a pale, yellowish green. The fruit is uniquely beautiful, but with a menacing resemblance to medieval weaponry that gives a real thrill to the sight of them growing in numbers from the cactus vines. It's no wonder this fruit is named after the mythical dragon.

Dragon fruit is no less exciting when eaten fresh or used as an ingredient in various exciting treats. The flesh of the Dragon Fruit Cactus is milky white with crunchy black seeds and has a lively, sweet taste with just a hint of sourness. Whether eaten right off the vine or chilled, this fruit is a refreshing snack. Dragon fruit has also become a popular ingredient in cocktails, from delicious blended dragon fruit margaritas to elegant "dragontinis" garnished with large slices of white dragon fruit. Smoothies and sorbets are also fantastic uses for this delicious fruit.

As a plant native to tropical climates, the Dragon Fruit Cactus requires a fairly warm environment in order to grow outdoors. It thrives in an unsheltered outdoor environment in zones nine to eleven; however, it can be grown on a patio or sunroom in zones four to eleven, which includes almost the entire continental United States. This tree has a good tolerance for drought conditions and prefers full sunlight.

The Dragon Fruit Cactus is a wonderful choice for home gardeners who want to create a truly exciting outdoor space. Even when paired with other showy tropical plants, this intriguing tree is sure to stand out as one of the boldest and most beautiful.

Your Growing Compatibility

USDA
Growing Zones

9-11

Minimum
Chill Hours

N/A

Perfect for container growing in your area.

You are in Growing Zone 6

Characteristics

Growing Zone 9,10,11 Botanical Name Hylocereus Undatus
Mature Width 15-20 ft Mature Height 15-20 ft
Sun Tolerance Full Sun Wet Soil Tolerance Good
Shade Tolerance Good Drought Tolerance Very Good
Heat Tolerance Good Hummididty Tolerance Excellent
Pest Resistance Very Good Disease Resistance Excellent
Deer Resistant Good Ripens Summer-Fall
Soil Type Well Drained Self Fertile No
Spacing 15-25 ft

Characteristics

Growing Zone 9,10,11 Botanical Name Hylocereus Undatus
Mature Width 15-20 ft Mature Height 15-20 ft
Sun Tolerance Full Sun Wet Soil Tolerance Good
Shade Tolerance Good Drought Tolerance Very Good
Heat Tolerance Good Hummididty Tolerance Excellent
Pest Resistance Very Good Disease Resistance Excellent
Deer Resistant Good Ripens Summer-Fall
Soil Type Well Drained Self Fertile No
Spacing 15-25 ft

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Planting & Care

Planting and caring for your new fruit tree is easy. To get started, find a good spot in your yard or a large container. The location should have good drainage and adequate sunlight. For a container, be sure there are drainage holes in the bottom and that it is large enough for the root ball to fit with some extra room.

In the yard, dig a hole that is a few inches shallower than the height of the root ball and three times as wide. The roots need room to spread outwards, but you don't want it to sit too deep in the hole. If your soil is especially dense and compacted, you may need to go out wider and loosen up the soil.

Before placing the root ball in the hole or container, pull the roots gently to space them out a little and cut off any damaged roots. Place the tree into the hole or container, ensuring that the point at which the roots meet the trunk is going to be an inch or two above the surrounding soil.

Carefully add the soil back into the hole or add your potting mix to the container. It helps to have one person hold the tree upright while you do this. It helps to keep the tree straight. As you fill in the soil, take steps to prevent air pockets from forming by removing large pieces of debris, breaking up large, dense clumps of soil, and water a little at a time. The soil should slope downward from the trunk to prevent water pooling around the roots, but the tops of the largest roots should protrude from the soil.

Water your new tree thoroughly to settle the soil. Water it again when the top two-inch layer of soil dries out. As your tree grows and the roots develop, you can water less often. Your tree will arrive pruned, so you only need to prune it once a year, in early spring, to keep its shape and to promote more fruit development, or to keep it small if you are growing in a container.

Fertilizer is not always necessary. If your tree grows well and looks healthy, it probably doesn't need any feeding. If you are not happy with how fast it is growing, of if you notice any signs of poor nutrition, you can apply an appropriate fertilizer once or twice a year. Our trees are hardy and you should not need to spray for pests or disease.

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Will my Trees Look Like the Photographs?

Most trees and plants on the website are pictured in their mature form. Depending on the product and growth rate, mature development can take years for your plant to resemble the photos.


Picture the last time you took a walk in the woods. The young trees were not miniature bonsai versions of mature trees. Instead they were naturally thin and lanky. Young trees are programmed to race toward the light, before the competing vegetation crowds them out. Once established, they start developing a wide canopy and shedding lower limbs.

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Pruning & Trimming

Most Fruiting Plants Are Pruned Before Shipping... At No Cost To You!

Pruning makes plants appear to be less-full than the ones you may have seen at your local big box garden center. A retailer's goal is to have plants look their best while sitting in the store. Our goal is to have them look the best after you plant them.


Pruned trees and shrubs not only travel better, but become established much quicker. So rather than supporting extra foliage, they put their energy into sending out deep roots. Once that happens, your plants become hardier and quickly explode with new top growth. Above the ground, pruning helps your plants develop a more attractive form.