Name: dragon fruit, pitaya, Hylocereus sp
Height: 1–2m if pruned
Climate: best suited to tropical and sub-tropical climates but will grow in all areas with protection from frost. Best grown as an indoor plant in cold temperate climates where frost is common.
Soil: grows in most soil types but needs free-draining soil. Waterlogged or wet soils lead to rot. If your soil is too wet, raise the garden bed to encourage drainage, or grow in a pot instead.
Position: full sun, protected from strong winds.
Flowering and fruiting: a nocturnal summer flowering plant, stunning large white flowers open for one night only to allow pollination from nocturnal insects and mammals. Fruit is ready to harvest about a month after flowering. Brightly coloured with large showy bracts, only the pulp inside is edible.
Watering: water regularly during dry months or summer. Avoid overwatering during winter, especially in cold climates.
A climbing succulent with large, white, nocturnal flowers in summer followed by oval-shaped fruit encased in a vibrant pink, magenta or yellow skin. The pulp is seedy and sweet, much like kiwi.
Although dragon fruit is a succulent, it actually prefers regular watering during the warmer months. But with this extra water comes the need for good drainage, otherwise your plant will rot.
Improve soil at planting, top-dressing with decomposed manure and compost every spring.
In humid conditions, rust and other fungal diseases can be an issue. If found, apply a copper-based spray and reduce watering.
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