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How to grow dragon fruit from cutting
So, we discussed how to plant dragon fruit cuttings in the previous blog and are now ready for the cuttings to grow pitayas! After you have planted your dragon fruit cuttings there are a few things to do before they bear fruit. But how do you get the dragon fruit cuttings to give fruit? This blog will help you to know everything on how to grow dragon fruit from cutting!
Step by step plan on how to grow dragon fruit from cuttings
The process is quite easy but does take some patience! Before we start: Dragon fruit plants thrive in warm and hot climates, but you can grow them at home or in your garden, greenhouse or anyplace else! Check out the step-by-step process below on how to grow dragon fruits from cuttings.
- Step 1. Make sure you’ve planted the dragon fruit cutting the right way up and with enough support. Pitaya is a climbing cacti which means the cuttings need support that can grow up against. We use a sturdy wooden skeleton that is perfect for the cutting to grow up against.
- Step 2. Water the cuttings regularly but don’t overwater. Since dragon fruits are cactus plants they don’t need a huge amount of water to grow. In the first few weeks you will not see much actions since the cuttings are starting to generate roots. An indicator that the roots are growing is when you begin to see action at the top. Give it at least 6 hours of sunlight a day and be patient.
- Step 3. Give water and sunlight consistently over the months. Be aware that dragon fruit plants can grow up to one inch (2.5 cm) per day, so prepare enough room for them to grow! Although dragon cuttings are really strong in general, trim off weak cuttings to avoid diseases and pests.
- Step 4. If you keep your dragon fruit plant healthy it can start to give fruit after six months.
The plant will give beautiful, bell-shaped flowers before it gives fruit, this is a sign that your plant is healthy!
- Step 5. When you start to see dragon fruits, they need about four weeks to ripen. After these weeks you can harvest the pitayas!
How long does the whole process take?
Growing Dragon fruit via cuttings can take about 1 tot 3 years before you have fruit. That may seem like a long time, but if you plant pitaya seeds it might take up to 7 years before the plant starts to bear fruit. Either way take time and patience, but the way through cuttings is certainly a lot faster! Next, to that there is a lot that can go wrong. Think of pests or other diseases that can harm a seedling. So, not only is growing cuttings quicker, it is also a lot more risk averse. If you are interested in growing dragon fruit yourself, starting with cuttings is the best choice for you!
Harvesting dragon fruit from the cuttings
You have now successfully grown your own dragon fruit, congratulations! Are you wondering how to cut dragon fruit cuttings? Before we do, we have to keep some things in mind. Let’s go!
- Like we mentioned before, it will take about four weeks for the dragon fruits to ripen. The fruits can not ripen after they have been cut so make sure you do this at the right time!
- Use a pair of scissors or a sharp knife to cut the pitayas from the plant, this shouldn’t be too difficult but be careful nonetheless.
- It is also possible to pick the dragon fruit from the plant with your hands. You twist the fruit one or two times and it should come of easily, if not, the pitaya is not ripe enough.
Things to keep in mind when growing your own Pitaya cutting
Pitayas are quite easy to grow and don’t need much special attention. However, you should keep a few things in mind before you start growing dragon fruit cuttings. Here are three tips on how to grow dragon fruit from cutting!
- 1. Remove any weakened branches to avoid pests and diseases.
- 2. Moisture the soil consistently and make sure the pitaya cuttings get at least 6 hours of sun exposure to create the perfect environment for the dragon fruit cuttings
- 3. Keep the temperature in between 0-32 degrees Celsius. Pitaya cuttings can not stand colder temperatures that well.
So, do you think you are ready to start growing dragon fruit cuttings by yourself? Ready for you first dragon fruit cutting to grow? Have a look at all the cuttings we currently sell and start your adventure today. Let us know if you have any questions or comments and let us know how the process goes!