Farmer Essentials

Dragon Fruit and Stem Rot
Dragon fruit (Hylocereus undatus), commonly called pitaya, is a member of the cactus family known for its ornate and colorful fruit. This Mexican native thrives in the tropical regions of Asia, North America and South America. The stems of this plant can grow up to 20 feet long, while its flowers can reach almost 1 foot in diameter and length. Several bacterial and fungal pathogens cause stem rot diseases on dragon fruit plants, diminishing their aesthetic value and threatening the survival of the entire plant.
How to Successfully Grow Dragon Fruit
The dragon fruit plant (Hylocereus undatus) produces an oblong berry, about 4 ½ inches long. This climbing vine is a member of the cactus family, and goes by several common names, including night-blooming cereus and pitaya. Along with the tasty fruit, the dragon fruit plant produces large, edible blossoms that bloom around midnight and die by the next morning. The dragon fruit plant can be propagated in two different ways.
How to Plant Dragon Fruit
A pitaya is the fruit of several cactus species. Commonly known in English as "dragon fruit," pitayas are originally native to Mexico. They were later transplanted to Central America and to other parts of the world.
Life Cycle of Dragon Fruit
Life Cycle of Dragon Fruit - The Dragon Fruit or Pitaya is a stunningly beautiful fruit with an intense colour and shape, magnificent flowers and a delicious taste.
Dragon fruit surprisingly easy to grow
Dragon fruit: The name alone is mysterious and intriguing, and its appearance does not disappoint. The fruit itself looks like it’s straight out of a video game. It has a flame-red, egg-shaped body and what looks like reptile scales tipped in yellow-green. The fruit may look like exotic, but you can grow it in a typical South Florida garden.
What Insect Pests Attack Dragon Fruit?
With its long, wavy, ridged stems and fiery red fruit, it’s no wonder the pitahaya (Hylocereus undatus) plant is commonly called dragon fruit. Its strong and menacing name contradicts the plant’s ability to protect itself from predators.
How Long Does Dragon Fruit Bear Fruit?
Dragon fruit bears fruits for several months each year, and it can continue to produce fruits for decades when provided with adequate care and cultural conditions.