Dragon fruit plants are known for their long, glossy leaves and bright red fruit. They are a tropical plant that need plenty of sun and water to grow well. To help your dragon fruit plants thrive, you need to be sure they have the right amount of sunlight, water, and fertilizer.
Dragon fruit plants can be grown in pots and containers, but they do need to be supported. Here are some tips on how and when to support dragon fruit plants so that they can grow strong and healthy.
Dragon fruit plants are fairly easy to grow, but they do need some support. The plant can grow up to 15 feet tall and needs a trellis or netting to keep it off the ground.
Dragon fruit plants are extremely succulent and will need support as they start to grow. The stems of the dragon fruit plants are long and fleshy, so you’ll want to use something that can hold up under its weight. If you have a trellis or other structure in your garden, this would be an ideal place to plant your dragon fruit plants. You can also support them with stakes or cages; however, if you choose this method, it may be difficult for you to harvest the fruits later on in the season when they get really heavy!
When the plant is about half a foot tall, you can start giving it support.
Around this time, the plant should have grown to about half a foot tall. At this point, you can begin giving it support. Some dragon fruit plants will grow and climb on their own, but if yours does not, you will need to provide some kind of support for it.
If your dragon fruit is in an area where it can be exposed to direct sunlight throughout the day (such as outdoors), it will likely grow strong enough on its own that you won’t need to give it extra help in growing up a trellis or wall. However, if your dragon fruit grows indoors or under partial shade and has trouble climbing on its own, or if you would like an opportunity to show off how beautiful these tropical flowers are with their unique appearance, you may want to train your dragon fruits into other structures that can give them support without too much work on your part!
For the first days of training, it’s very important to give the plant some slack.
The first days of training are crucial. It’s very important to give your plant some slack. The stem must have some flexibility so that it can be trained without being overly stressed or damaged. You don’t want to tie the plant too tightly, but you also don’t want it too loose, because then the stem will grow out from the center and look uneven when it grows back in full form again.
If you’re unsure how much slack to leave in your ties, try tying them loosely enough that they don’t cause damage by being pulled on when you move around them (for example, as you prune or train). If there’s space between where a vine meets its support and where another vine may cross over, then this is probably good enough for now.
Once your dragon fruit plant is trained, though, it’s vitally important not to let its support structure collapse or fail in any way.
Once your dragon fruit plant is trained, though, it’s vitally important not to let its support structure collapse or fail in any way. The most common reason for a supporting structure failure is simple neglect: if you don’t regularly water and fertilize the plant (see below), the vines will become weak and brittle and they can break with little provocation. If you notice that your dragon fruit has started growing at an odd angle because of a bent or sagging branch on its support structure, try to correct this by pruning back some of the affected branches with sharp shears until they are straightened out. Avoid using anything but sharp shears for this task—a dull pair could cause more harm than good! To avoid accidentally dropping any tools onto your precious plant while working on it, always keep one hand free while doing repairs so that you can steady yourself if needed (such as when standing on a ladder).
You can also use elaborate and beautiful designs to train your dragon fruit plants up a trellis or wall.
You can also use elaborate and beautiful designs to train your dragon fruit plants up a trellis or wall. There are many different ways to support your dragon fruit plant, such as:
- Using the wire method: Place a grid of wire mesh around the time you want to grow your plants, spaced about 8 inches apart. Then place one stake in each corner and run string between them at intervals along the rows. Tie seedlings onto this string and allow them to grow on it. They will eventually take hold of the mesh by themselves, but make sure you check on them every day so they don’t become rotten from too much moisture or sun exposure.
- Using a plant support system: If you have no patience for waiting for something like this to happen naturally (or if you’re living somewhere where there are no trees), then buying an artificial trellis is probably going to be your best bet! The kind with stakes/posts already attached makes things way easier because all we’d need then would be something like these clips here or maybe even these ones instead–they’re pretty similar except with slightly different features so just take whatever works better for us.
Keep your dragon fruit plants supported while they’re young so they’ll be strong enough to climb later on.
When you first set up a dragon fruit plant, it’s important to keep it supported. The plant will grow up and around the trellis, but if you don’t give it enough support while it’s young, it will become weak and spindly. Once your dragon fruit plant has grown some strong roots and is sturdy enough to support itself, you can remove the trellis and let the plant climb on its own.
How to fertilize Dragon Fruit Plants
Dragon Fruit plants (Hylocereus undatus) require regular fertilization. Fertilizer should be applied to the soil, not the plant. After fruits are ripe, usually in about 6 months, fertilize once a month using a balanced fertilizer with high nitrogen content, high phosphorus content and high potassium content.
When to harvest Dragon Fruit Plants
Dragon fruit plants are ready to harvest when the fruit is completely red, glossy and well formed. The fruit should separate easily from its stem when pressed gently with your finger. Dragon fruits can be harvested both green or ripe, but it is best if you leave them on the plant until they turn red.
When harvesting dragon fruit, make sure that any stems left behind are trimmed off at least 6 inches below where they were attached to the plant. This will prevent new growth from forming where they were cut off and having an impact on future harvests (and production).
After harvesting dragon fruit, place the whole cluster in a paper bag or cardboard box along with some peat moss or mulch to keep it cool until you’re ready to eat them (If you have no other option for storage.) Once picked, Dragon fruits should be refrigerated at 35-40 degrees F for up 7 days before eating them; however, if kept longer than this period of time then their texture may become less firm after extended exposure
Pest control of Dragon Fruit Plants
If you notice that your dragon fruit plant is infested with pests, take the following steps to rid it of insects:
- Inspect the plant for bugs by shaking branches over a white sheet of paper or placing them in a jar filled with soapy water. Leave overnight, then examine the evidence in the morning to see what you found.
- If you spot an insect, determine whether or not it’s actually harmful to your dragon fruit tree and if so, how best to treat (or avoid) it. For instance, red spider mites are common garden pests that feed on pepper plants but won’t harm dragon fruit trees unless they’re left untreated for too long; whereas thrips will damage leaves and flowers but can be controlled by spraying infested areas every week with neem oil until all visible signs have disappeared from view.