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Dragon Fruit Established – Sugar Dragon


The strikingly beautiful dragon fruit is a cactus that thrives in hot, humid, subtropical conditions. They won’t grow in very cold conditions. It has some of the biggest flowers in the world. And, what really sets them apart is that they only bloom for one night and their scent is absolutely incredible.

Dragon fruit can be added to fruit or vegetable salads, turned into sorbet, enjoyed fresh as a snack, or added to yoghurts and smoothies. They offer optimal amounts of magnesium, fibre, iron, protein and vitamins C and E. They help to fight against heart disease, improve immunity, fight chronic disease, aid digestion, and contribute to healthy blood.

There are many different varieties of dragon fruit, including:

  • Purple Haze has large fruits that can range between 500gram and 1kg. The fruits have bright purple flesh, pink exterior, and green fin. It has a refreshing taste, like sweet grapes. In some cases, it has been known to be self-sterile, but it is recommended that you need another variety to assist with pollinating. The Purple Haze is an aggressive growing.
  • Sugar Dragon produces small oval-shaped fruit of about 200-400 grams. The external appearance of the fruit is red with tiny green tints and almost brown fins. The inner flesh is a bright red purplish colour with a semi-firm, sweet texture. Sugar dragon produces plenty of flowers that are fragrant and self-pollinating. It is a robust grower with meaty stems that are olive green in colour.
  • The Dark Star has medium to large size purple-fleshed fruit weighing up to 700 grams. The fruit has a mild grape-like flavour and the skin of the fruit has a dark pink tint to it. This variety is self-pollinating; therefore, a single plant will bear fruit and is a great grower with great fruit. Dark Star variety usually blooms mid to late summer and enjoys the heat and sun. White fragrant flowers adorn the plant in late spring to early fall. Flowers are elaborate and bloom only at night. This variety has long skinny bracts or fins that make it especially attractive
  • The Delight fruits are medium-sized and can weigh up to 500grams. The flesh has a unique pink hue with a delightful flavour, hence the name Delight. The flowers are enormous nocturnal blooms of over 35cms which will bloom all summer. The stems are green and three-sided with small spines along the rib. Delight is a self-pollinating, very fertile variety and would be a great addition.
  • The Physical Graffiti produces medium to large fruit of between 500-900grams and is a very aggressive grower.This variety has an exceptional taste, producing pink, red-skinned fruit with a light purple sweet flesh. The flowers are huge nocturnal blooms of over 35cm and blooms throughout summer. It has an average brix rating of 18. Physical Graffiti is self-sterile and therefore, you would need another variety for cross-pollination.

Dragon Fruit do not like temperatures below 2 degrees, please cover with frost cover or greenhouse plastic if planting in a cold climate

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Position – Plant your climbing cactus in full sun. If your plant has to be in a partly shaded spot, ensure that the tips are always in the sun so that they can bloom. The cactus needs some support to grow on, unlike most other cactus species. So, plant it next to a fence or trellis, or add support. Plant them at least 2 metres apart from one another.

Dragon Fruit do not like temperatures below 2degrees; please cover with frost cover or greenhouse plastic if planting in a cold climate

Size – Depending on the conditions, this cactus grows to a height between 2 and 5 metres. The flower can grow up to 25 centimetres in diameter and 30 centimetres in length.

Soil Type – Dragon fruit plants grow in any well-draining soil because it doesn’t become waterlogged and it allows the roots to grow more easily. If possible, sandy soil with a pH of between 6 and 7 (slightly acidic) is best.

Mulch – Mulch helps to add nutrients to the soil, keep weeds away, and retain moisture. Use 5 to 15 centimetres of organic mulch, but keep it 20 to 30 centimetres away from the actual plant to prevent it from rotting. Hay, wood chips, old leaves, or grass cuttings make great organic mulch.

Watering – Water your plant when the surface of the soil around it is dry to the touch. Water it until the soil is moist, not flooded or waterlogged. Twice a week should be sufficient if there is no rain.

Fertilising – During the groing season, the hotter months, give your dragon fruit some fertiliser every month. Alternatively, you can feed them once in spring and once after the plant has finished fruiting. Then, in winter, stop feeding the plant. A water-soluble fertiliser (like a 20-20-20) is perfect for dragon fruits.

Pruning – Ensure only one stem grows, you can remove any others using a clean, sharp knife to make slanted cuts. Dispose of the offcuts properly as they will quickly grow and become weeds. You can also use these cuttings to grow more dragon fruit.

Once established the best time to prune is straight after fruiting, early in the morning.

Harvesting Dragon fruit plants produce fruit from February to May. Pick fruits that are evenly coloured about 30-40 days from the first sign of fruit.

The flesh should give slightly under gentle pressure. If they are soft or have a dry, shrivelled stem, they are overripe. They do continue to ripen after they have been plucked from the plant. So, if they are very firm when picked, leave them for a few days to ripen.

Depending on the climate it can take 2-3 years to fruit. Each season the fruit will be larger and more plentiful

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