Daltons 40L Garden Time Compost
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.
If using products to deal with pests, diseases or weeds, always read the label, follow the instructions carefully and wear suitable protective equipment. Store all garden chemicals out of the reach of children and pets.
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