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Little River Cooperative

White Fleshed Dragon Fruit

Regular price $10.00 USD
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Dragon Fruit aka Pitaya
selenicereus costaricensis

days to maturity: 1 year
plant spacing: 1 plant per 6 square feet, must be trellised
sunlight requirements: 6-14 hours
look out for: overwatering
harvest notes: harvest ripe fruit when it softens

perennial

Dragon fruit is a super cool palm tree shaped cactus that produces large juicy fruits at the tips of its many branches. While dragon fruit looks very exotic its actually super easy to grow in South Florida and is grown commercially quite heavily in Homestead & the Redland. It has barely any pests and needs barely any fertilizer or care, however it does need a really well thought out trellising situation because it gets large (and heavy) and its spiky! On farms the way they build trellises is by sinking a 4 x 4 post of wood into the ground a couple of feet and then adding an X of wood to the top of it. Lay half of a tire on top of the X and train the dragon fruit up the post and over the top of the tire & X. once it hits the top of the structure you can prune it and it'll make lots and lots of "arms" that dangle down making the whole shape look like a palm tree. The more arms you have the more fruit you'll end up with since every arm makes a fruit a the end of it. As a bonus to the fruit the flowers are some of the most beautiful found in nature, blooming only at night so that bats and moths will come pollinate its huge drooping blossoms. 

Materials

All of our plants are produced using OMRI certified organic materials (potting mix, fertilizer & pesticides) however our nursery is not certified organic. Plants are shipped in compostable peat moss pots and we use heirloom & organic seeds whenever possible.

Shipping & Returns

We ship plant orders every Monday. Due to the nature of shipping plants we only offer expedited shipping for our live plant orders. Our returns & exchanges policy is also quite strict since its hard to control the quality of a plant once it leaves our facility, however we do our very best to make sure that each and every customer is satisfied with their plants. Read more about our policies here. 

Size

All of our plants are potted in 4" pots and their foliage size varies based on how large the plant is naturally when its root ball is the correct size for the pot. If a plant is too tall for our shipping box we may prune it to fit (bonus: many plants do better after being pruned since they make bushier growth). We do our very best to ship all of our plants in the "sweet spot" of maturity however so long as the roots have colonized the pot we will consider a plant mature enough to ship.

Care Instructions

When you receive your plant its critical to get it out of its box and into the light the day it arrives. It will also want to be removed from its compostable plastic wrapping and given fresh water to drink. Keep in mind, this plant was grown in the tropical humid climate of South Florida, so if it's terribly cold or dry where you are it'll need to be hardened off before planting outdoors. Visit our care instructions page for more thorough info about caring for your new plant friend.

  • What Our Customers Have to Say:

    This is a great, local organization with really knowledgeable & friendly staff. They make gardening easy and accessible, and I've purchased many high quality plants and equipment from them.
    -Kate Black (5 star google review)

  • And Another One:

    How lucky we are to have a resource like Little River Cooperative here in Miami, not only for the access they offer to a great selection of plants and produce, but also for the knowledge they provide and the sense of community they foster!
    -Nick Vagnoni (5 star google review)