Dragon Fruit (Scotts Purple) (Hylocereus costaricensis /polyrhizus)
Buy Dragon Fruit online at Lush Plants online Tropical Plants Nursery Australia! Dragon Fruit is the popular name for pitaya or pitahaya, a delicious tropical fruit borne on a cacti-like succulent vine. Juicy, delicious, with a texture that is a cross between a melon and a kiwi, and an exterior that is alien-like, this fruit is crazy combination of wonderful!
This variety of Dragon Fruit produces a very sweet deep red fruit (not quite purple dispite its variety name). Very attractive fruit, fruits prolifically once established. It does however need to flower with another variety to guarantee fruit (not self pollinating).
Dragon Fruit is the popular name for pitaya or pitayha, a delicious tropical fruit borne on a cacti-like succulent vine. Juicy, delicious, with a texture that is a cross between a melon and a kiwi, and an exterior that is alien-like, this fruit is crazy combination of wonderful!
Dragon Fruit offers may health benefits, as well as being full of vitamins and minerals, the seeds (which are unnoticable - like kiwi) contain the Omega oils your body craves. Diabetics love them because of the low sugar content and fibre which means a low glycaemic index.
The fibre in the dragon fruit is also great for the digestive system, it keeps things running smoothly :)
Growing your Dragon Fruit:
When you recieve your cutting you see that there is an arrow on it showing which is the top! I recommend you plant your cutting in a pot of well draining mix rich in organic material and allow it to grow roots before planting out in the garden. Do not plant deeper than 1 inch and tie cutting to a stick for support. Water once a week, approx 1/2 cup around the roots. Dragon fruit are susceptaible to rot if over watered. Soon you will have roots and a new shoot! Most of the growth occurs in Spring and Summer so if you buy a cutting in Winter you may have to wait for some action! Encourage one strong shoot upwards and nip off shoots that grow outwards. Once the plant reaches the desired height then allow it to branch.
Once your plant is growing strong, plant in the garden in full sun to partial shade. It will need a VERY strong support, if you give your dragon organics and mulch it will grow well and become very heavy. We grow ours up heavy poles with supports and a tire on top, other people grown them on a strong fence or trellis.
Follow this and you should have flowers and fruit in 18months.
Dragon fruit a pretty low mantainence, keep up the organic material and mulch. Don't overwater = Rot. Dragons do tend to get orange spots from time to time it is very common and doesn't cause any harm - it can be controlled with a spray of 1 teaspoon of baking soda in 1 litre of water a few times a year or you can buy an organic product called Eco-carb which works very well.
Plants on offer: Cutting approx 20-30cm long