Dragon Fruit 'Pearl'

Hylocereus undatus

A climbing epiphytic cactus that’s ideal for hot climates. The beautiful and bizarre fruit is shaped like fiery dragon’s breath, with exquisite curls of brilliant-coloured skin encasing crunchy sweet pearly-white flesh. Best grown on a rose hoop.

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Dragon Fruit 'Pearl'

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Dragon fruit plants are epiphytic, vine like cacti so be aware of their prickles. They prefer a warm climate and can be grown either directly into well drained soil enriched with organic matter or in containers and large hanging baskets. Train the stems to grow and hang over a rose ring or wooden frame to encourage flowering and fruiting. Flowers appear in summer and are nocturnal, blooming for one night only. Hand pollination can increase fruit set by gathering pollen from the anther on a paint brush and transferring it to the stigma or growing with a Red dragon fruit. Grow dragon fruit in green houses or against a north facing brick wall in southern climates with protection from cold winds and frost. In hot dry climates, they may benefit from protection from the afternoon sun. Regular watering through the summer months is required, with less during winter, and the cooler months. Allow fruit to ripen on the plant prior to harvest. Apply compost in spring and fertilise with a balanced complete fertiliser in spring and autumn.

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