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When you want to grow a dragon fruit plant, it is useful to know when the dragon fruit season is. Did you know that the blooms of the dragon fruit only bloom for one night each year? It also depends in you live in Europe or outside Europe when the best time to plant a dragon fruit is. In the following paragraphs you’re going to learn everything about the growing season of the dragon fruit.
When is dragon fruit growing season?
Dragon fruit grows on cactus plants which love warm, humid climates and needs very little water. They are subtropical plants which need at least six hours of sunlight per day. The following facts you need to know about dragon fruit growing season:
- the growing season of dragon fruit takes place during the hot months of the summer.
- In Europe the blooms will occur from July to October.
- The plant often grows in Asia, Mexico and parts of South America. In South America the summer months are different. On this continent dragon fruit season is between December and March.
- They will also grow well in a warm and sunny spot indoors.
When to harvest dragon fruit?
As mentioned earlier, the blooms of the dragon fruit only bloom for one night. After that, fruit will begin to form. It will take around 4 weeks for a dragon fruit to be ready. The fruit is ripe when its skin turns bright pink. This works the same with the yellow breed of dragon fruit. Of course, the skin of that species turns bright yellow. Just like strawberries, dragon fruit will stop ripening after harvest. So make sure that it has fully ripened before picking. Use a pair of sharp secateurs to cut the fruit off and store it in the fridge for up to two weeks. One plant can produce dragon fruit for 20 to 30 years. So be ready for a lot of fruit, if you plant one!
Problems while growing
At the time of dragon fruit season you need to take a look for dragon spots. These spots can be the sign that the plant has an infection. Sunburn can occur during the hottest time of the year when the sun is sweltering hot. Giving the plant too much water, can also cause root rot. Also protect the plant from mealybugs and aphids. They can be a common problem for dragon fruit, because they feed themselves with the sweet sap of the plant. It won’t kill the plant, but it’s not good for the overall health.
Dragon fruit cuttings or growing from seeds?
There is no best time to plant dragon fruit. That’s because it can take several years for the plant to produce fruit. Growing from seeds it can take between 5 and 7 years to produce the first fruits. Growing from a cutting is the fastest way to produce dragon fruits. It will take between 1 and 3 years. Interested in dragon fruit cuttings? Take a look at the different types of dragon fruit we have available.