The Q&A Archives: Green Dragon Fruit?

Question: On a recent trip to Vietnam I had a chance to eat a wonderful fruit the locals call a Thanh-long(green dragon fruit). It is a melon sized red fruit with white flesh and tiny edible seeds. Can you tell me if it is possible to grow this in my area and for a source to get seeds or cuttings and soil type needed.Thx.

Answer: Dracaena fragrans is a native of Tropical Africa where it can reach 50 feet in the wild where it also produces fragrant yellow flowers followed by orange-red fruits. The name Dracaena comes from the Greek 'drakaina' a dragon.

While it may be possible to grow outdoors in your mild winter area, it will definitely grow indoors. The common name is "corn plant" and it's often sold in the houseplant section of garden centers. Dracaena fragrans prefers bright to medium light, although it is tolerant of low light. Allow to just dry out between waterings. I hope this info helps.

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