Dragon Fruit

Selenicereus undatus

Pitahya Plant, Pitahya, Night Blooming Cereus, Strawberry Pear

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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.
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Planning

Difficulty

Easy

Flowering time

Summer, Autumn, Winter, Spring

Fruiting time

Summer, Autumn, Winter, Spring

Harvesting

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.

Propagation

Seed

Sprinkle seeds over soil and cover with a thin layer of soil, germination takes a 11-14 days, then thin out the plants

Cuttings

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

Drought resistant

Needs only small amounts of water

Attracts useful insects

Attracts bees

Special features

Origin

America, Mexico

Natural climate

Hot and dry Interior

Environment

Light

Full Sun

Soil moisture

Dry

Soil type

Loam, Sand

Soil PH preference

Neutral

Frost hardiness

Tender

Uses

Edible

The flowers and fruit are edible.

Personality

Family

Cactaceae

Flower colour

Green, White

Scent

Strong

Problems

Generally free from insect problems but susceptible to fungal diseases, mostly due to over watering
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