The most evocative Thai produce is dragon fruit. Similar to a Dalmatian wearing a vibrant pink raincoat, it is completely ridiculous but you can’t help but stare. There are undoubtedly better fruits, but none are as beautiful. According to some preliminary studies, dragon fruit is a type of cactus that grows on cacti. Want to learn more? glancing suspiciously at your fruit bowl? I agree; let’s go.
Grow Your Own Dragon Fruit
A dragon fruit tree is essentially unlovable when it is full size and has Medusa-like features. I had the brilliant idea to grow my own dragon fruit years back. It takes seven years for the trees to produce fruit.
I reassured Mother Nature, “It’s okay.”
I have the opportunity.
Here are the things I’ve discovered after a much too rapid number of years.
Dragon Fruit Cultivation in Both Hot and Cold Regions
1. In a country (like Thailand) with a hot, muggy environment
The following information is not at all surprising: Compared to the dragon fruit seeds I attempted to grow in “a cold country with actual winter,” those I planted on Koh Samui have grown 1,000 times more quickly. As a kind of plant, they can survive being neglected. You’ll be very successful if there is warmth, humidity, and sunlight outside (or anything close to it inside).
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2. Dragon fruit cultivation in a cold environment
In a pot at home, I also sowed some seedlings. (about a million – you get a lot in a dragon fruit). My outcomes, after all these years? It comes out that I don’t reside in a tropical oasis where it is always sunny and humid.
While the majority of the seeds quickly sprouted, I mercilessly removed the feeble ones. As a result, I now possess a marketable bundle of 10-inch long “cactus sticks.” Although it seems doubtful they will ever bear fruit, they seem content enough with my complete neglect. They are merely odd-looking houseplants in this setting, but the trial has been worthwhile.
All right? Would you like to attempt growing dragon fruit yourself? It’s undoubtedly a beginner gardening task if I can complete it. Here’s how to cultivate your own.
How do you cultivate dragon fruit on your own?
1. Get off to a fast start
Start with a dragon fruit slice to gain a significant advantage. Do yourself a favor and skip the early things. After more than twelve years of my dragon fruit experiment (growing from seed with little sunlight), I essentially have an extended dragon fruit cutting. (To precisely duplicate my procedures, take a piece of dragon fruit from the fruit platter at a hotel brunch and use the seeds from that fruit. It is free but painfully sluggish.
I advise you to start with a cutting or a tiny plant if you’re not a brunch thief and move on. This could prevent you from spending a few years in wishful thinking if you’re in “not tropical” circumstances like me.
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2. Make it successful
Your dragon fruit plant desires the sunshine its cactus-like heart deserves more than anything. If you’re unable to do so at home, boost your chances of success by using an LED grow light to simulate sunlight. Because I never gave you this, our friendship is not warm and loving. It’s thorny =)
Your dragon fruit needs exceptional draining because it is a cactus. It prefers slightly acidic cactus or succulent soil (for excellent drainage), which I occasionally supplement with some neutral-pH earthworm castings. Being heavy feeders, dragon fruit trees will benefit greatly from any worm castings that are provided.
Further advice for success: You should have good luck growing dragon fruit in a container in a warm-ish climate with adequate sunshine (real or fake), regular doses of worm castings, and other nutrients. Make sure the container has excellent drainage as well. None of the above were engaged in my disappointing results. Don’t follow my example; do as I say, not as I did!
3. Use little water!
My dragon fruit babies are my playthings, and I enjoy giving them days, weeks, or even months of neglect, complete drought, and then one day, a tropical rain from a vengeful watering can. Your dragon fruit won’t suffer from an occasional watering if you’ve planted it in a cactus pot with excellent drainage, but don’t water it too frequently.
(How am I aware of this? You’ve Helicopter Parented your dragon fruit babies to death when they transform into rotten brown squoosh.
What occurs next?
You can tie them erect with sturdy cords once you’ve created a “dragon fruit stick forest” like the one I did above. or use a prettier pot and fill it with interesting cacti for a striking show. They want to collapse, but keep in mind that you are in control.
Keep in mind that (1) this is an unsightly plant and (2) you will have to wait a while for fruit if you decide to grow them outside at the appropriate temperature. It makes for a much more fascinating and worthwhile display if you plant them together with bougainvillea vines, as Thai gardeners do.
Depending on your surroundings, you might eventually have a dragon fruit that bears fruit or at least flowers. Due to your rapid growth, you’ll soon outgrow your houseplant phase and switch to bigger containers and a dragon fruit that needs trellises or other forms of structural support. Otherwise, you might find yourself mildly perplexed by your own scientific endeavors while staring at a 6″ cactus runt.
Grow Your Own Dragon Fruit:
Good luck with the dragon fruit project; patience is not required, but if you like odd side projects, this is a nice one. (as is making dragon fruit kombucha and growing your own mangoes). Enjoy!
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