Dragon fruit - Knowledgebase Question

Highland, Ca
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Question by nattak
November 2, 2009
I live in Highland,Ca 92346
I need information on growing this plant.

Answer from NGA
November 2, 2009
Because the dragonfruit cactus is a cactus/succulent, it can more readily tolerate periods of dryness than it can tolerate long periods with too much moisture. Bear this in mind when when planting dragon fruit and choosing a location and preparing the soil and/or planting area. It is better to have soil that drains well and perhaps gives the dragonfruit cactus a few moderate periods of dryness during the annual cycle than to have soil which does not drain well and gives periods of soaked and sodden soil which can cause rot of the cactus plant. The climate that dragon fruit plants can grow in best is tropical, so you will likely have rainy days as well as sunny ones! Find a sunny location with fast draining soil for best growth.

To plant, dig a hole at least 3 times as deep as the root ball. Mix the soil from the hole with organic compost and use that mixture to surround the planted dragonfruit cactus plant rootball. Water the planted dragonfruit cactus after planting.

Aside from watering when the soil is dry, your dragonfruit cactus doesn't need any special care. Enjoy!

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