Dragon Fruit Cactus The exact origin is unknown, but is likely from Southern Mexico through Costa Rica. A truly amazing cactus, Dragon Fruit Cactus is a highly prolific climber with an epiphytic nature using aerial roots to help propel itself ever higher and farther along what ever path it can find to reach lengths of up to 20 feet or more. Easily adapted to a variety of climates and soils this night blooming cactus is world renowned and is cultivated around the world in tropical regions for the fruit it bears.
 
The white flowers are beautiful and usually last just one night where pollination is necessary to set fruit. The fruit commonly know as dragon fruit has an ornate exterior of soft spikes with a bright purplish/pink, soft pulped interior flesh. The fruit is easily cut in half and eaten with a spoon by the mannered or cut in quarters and devoured by those who just want to have fun. This cactus is a must have for any collector or garden with the flair for the unusual.

 
You won't receive field dug, bare root or immature plants. All our live Dragon Fruit Cactus plants are 2+ years old and are extremely well established generally with multiple links. They come in the growers 7" deep cell with the growers soil mix (NOT BARE ROOT), are very well packed and only mildly trimmed if necessary.
 Our growers always select the healthiest plants for your shipment. Before leaving all plants are inspected, watered and pruned if necessary.
 Your new Dragon Fruit Cactus Plants are then bagged to keep the soil moist and to ensure that the soil stays in the pot not loose in the box.
 These plants generally double in size in a few months if allowed room to grow in ground or in a larger pot.
Below is a general guideline and may or may not work in your environment.
 Ideal use:  Outdoor Patio & Tropical Garden. Containerized 15 - 24" diameter  10" deep pots.
 Outdoor Zone  9b - 11 Avoid frost if possible. In very cold zones a containerized Dragon Fruit Cactus can be brought inside for the winter months. Most will survive a very light frost and quickly return to normal in spring. Click on the zone link to go to the USDA Zone Chart to see if your new Dragon Fruit Cactus will survive the outside winter temps in your area.
 Height / Length Dragon Fruit Cactus will continue to grow indefinitely if the roots can attach to moist organic matter, burlap works well. However your new Dragon Fruit Cactus may over or under perform, depending on the light, soil and humidity it is exposed to.
 Recommended Container Size Most gardeners don't realize that Dragon Fruit Cactus do very well in containers. Container size may vary depending on the growth rate of the plant. Allow enough room for growth generally a 15" to a 24" diameter, 10"+ deep container will do well with a climbing pole.
 Remember the looser the roots, the taller and healthier your plant will be. When the plant becomes root bound its growth will slow. At that point it is time for division and/or a larger pot.
Fast growing Dragons come in a variety of bright colors.
 Water Dragon Fruit Cactus must be treated like a Tropical Cactus and water when nearly dry but try to keep the climbing pole moist. An automatic dripper at the top of the post works well.
 Over watering will kill the plant.
Remember the #1 cause of death to plants is over watering. Many decorative containers do not have drain holes at the bottom, so when a plant is regularly watered the roots in the bottom of the pot are subjected to an aquatic environment, with no hope for oxygen and the decay begins. Please keep this in mind when pot shopping.
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 Light 85-100% Full sun is best. When planting outside expect the plant to go dormant while acclimating to its new environment. Dragon Fruit Cactus enjoy light. Try not to keep your Dragon Fruit Cactus in a shady area.
 Soil Well drained, sandy cactus mix. Remember try to stay away from wet, mucky soils.
 Fertilize Fertilizer can be detrimental to Dragon Fruit Cactus and too much can kill the plant so fertilize sparingly with low-nitrogen cactus fertilizer, slow time release is best. For in ground planting, broadcast a balanced granular fertilizer once a month. Dragon Fruit Cactus are light feeders, however unfertilized they will tend to grow very slowly and virtually remain dormant. For a rich, full look, feed them every other month but don't over fertilize. If a little is good, a lot is NOT always better.
Growers Stock Burlap Wrapped Tape Until Rooted Water Well
 When you receive your new Dragon Fruit Cactus Open your box carefully and water if dry. Please take your time when opening. Most foliage damage occurs when the box is ripped open in the excitement of receiving new plants. Many plants, especially succulents, are very fragile and leaves will snap off easily if not handled cautiously. Remember if segments break off let them callus for a week and pot them in dry soil. Rooting only takes a week or so to start a new plant.
 Our growers are shipping live plants intended for generations of enjoyment. If your plant become damaged, with broken or yellow leaves, do not worry this situation is only temporary, with proper care your new plant will bounce right back in a week or two.
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 Planting Information - Remove the plant carefully from its pot by laying it on its side and lightly tapping the sides of the container. Gently slide the plant out of the pot. In some cases where the roots have grown through the holes of the container you may need to cut the container off of the plant.
 
Use a sharp knife or garden shears to make slits down the sides of the root ball. This will encourage accelerated root growth into the new soil. Be sure not to cut too deeply into the main root system. The object is to only score or cut through the secondary or feeder roots.
 Plant in ground or in a container using well drained, sandy soil. Your Dragon Fruit Cactus should be planted flush with the soil line. Often we have found mixing a small amount of slow time release fertilizer into the lower level of the soil before planting speeds up the rate of growth. When planting in ground space plants to allow clumps to form and develop properly. If planted too tightly there will not be enough room for root expansion and plants will not reach their full height and fruiting potential.
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 Dragon Fruit Cactus Details grows in dry, tropical or subtropical climates where annual rainfall ranges from 20-50in. per year. In wet, tropical zones, Dragon Fruit Cactus plants grow well but may sometimes have problems setting fruit reliably. Dragon Fruit Cactus tolerate temperatures to 110f, and short periods of frost, but prolonged cold will damage or kill the plant. The plants aren't usually too picky as to soil type, but because of their epiphytic nature, it is recommended to grow them in soil that is supplemented with high amounts of organic material. It can be grown successfully in sandy soils, providing shade is sometimes recommended in hot climates. As shown here flowers are vibrant and beautiful and many related species are propagated as ornamentals. In full production, these plants can have up to 4-6 fruiting cycles per year. The fruit produced by this plant is commonly know as dragon fruit and has an ornate exterior of soft spikes with a bright purplish/pink, soft pulped interior flesh.
Note: Some Dragon Fruit Cactus species are limited to only a single crop in a year and often sell out fast! Should you not see the Dragon Fruit Cactus plant you are looking for, it is sure to show up soon or with the next seasons crop.
 
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 Dragon Fruit Cactus, known as Pitaya are easy to grow and unique in nature. Highly prized and sought after by those in the food industry for its distinct coloration, kiwi like texture and mild flavor Dragon Fruit Cactus is a fast and easy growing species rewarding the grower with an amazing end result. Properly cared after your new Dragon Fruit Cactus can begin producing fruit in as little as 1-2 years.
 They are shipped UPS Ground, grower direct and include a reusable growers cone with the growers soil mix. Dragon Fruit Cactus arrive at your door very well rooted and and ready for container or field production.
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