Dragon Fruit 'Yellow'
"This yellow-skinned form of the pearl Dragon Fruit is worth growing for its spectacular night-blooming fragrant bell-shaped flowers alone but to make the prospect more attractive these are followed by unique lemon sorbet flavoured fruit. In their native Central America they are pollinated by a nocturnal moth so hand-pollinating is recommended here. Grown on a sturdy trellis this fruiting cactus will reward for years."
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.