Also known as
Belle-Of-The-Night, Moonlight Cactus, Night-Blooming Cereus, Queen-Of-The-Night, Red Pitaya, Strawberry-Pear, Pitahya Plant, Queen-of-the-night
Fruit ripens 30 to 50 days after flowering, the skin turns red or yellow, depending on variety. The skin will also feel slightly soft when squeezed, but not mushy. There can be 5 or 6 harvest cycles per year.
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Dragon Fruit Overview
The Dragon fruit or Pitahya Plant, Selenicereus undatus is a cactus species in the Cactaceae family. It is native to the Americas and grown for commercial fruit production in Southeast Asia, the United States, Israel, Australia, Cyprus and the Canary Islands. The fruit is sweet, tastes a bit like an earthy watermelon and has a texture that resembles kiwifruit, but it's a little crunchier. This plant produces red-skinned fruits with white flesh and the related S. megalanthus fruits are yellow-skinned with white flesh.
Common problems with Dragon Fruit
Generally free from insect problems but susceptible to fungal diseases, mostly due to over watering
How to propagate Dragon Fruit
Sprinkle seeds over soil and cover with a thin layer of soil, germination takes a 11-14 days, then thin out the plants
If using a fresh cutting, let it dry in a cool, shady spot for about a week. This will allow the wound to heal and prevent infection once it is planted. Plant in a well-draining soil mix.
Special features of Dragon Fruit
Needs only small amounts of water
Attracts useful insects
Other uses of Dragon Fruit
The flowers and fruit are edible.