You prabably know the health benefits of growing Dragon Fruit Tree in your garden, that is why you that is why your are reading this right now. Use the great information provided here to build upon your own current knowledge and hopefully, learn something new to maximize the benefits both for you and everyone you know.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
This article should give you a good idea about growing dragon fruit in a container. It is very relaxing and fun to work in a garden. If you remember these tips the time you are to plant a dragon fruit in your garden, you will be much more successful.