How to Grow Dragon Fruit (Part 1) | Soil, Sun, Water, Containers, and Fertilizing

How to Grow Dragon Fruit (Part 1) | Soil, Sun, Water, Containers, and Fertilizing

Dragon fruit, also known as pitaya or pitayaha, is an incredible fruit produced by a cactus! Contrary to its name, the dragon fruit care is actually not like most cacti. It prefers nutrient-rich, well draining soil, a lot of space, and a decent (but not overwhelming) amount of sun.

I got some cuttings of the Hylocereus undatus variety, which is the red-skinned and white-fleshed variety. There are two other varieties:

– Hylocereus costaricensis: Red skin and red flesh
– Hylocereus megalanthus: Yellow skin and white flesh

Follow along as I learn how to grow dragon fruit in containers and compete against my friend to see who can grow the most EPIC dragonfruit. Just be patient…part 2 of this series might take a few months to come out!

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50 Comments

  1. Kim Zastrow on April 1, 2021 at 11:35 pm

    I think I wanted asain orchids hay maybe that guy got a grant to grow and transplant american orchids you the kind nobody knows if they exist or not cause nobody has ever seen them in wild

  2. Free Energy on April 1, 2021 at 11:35 pm

    Ok! I subscribed.

  3. Pompom Yourkey on April 1, 2021 at 11:35 pm

    can you do a video on mint plants please? or maybe you made one but I didn’t see it.

  4. Brandon Hsieh on April 1, 2021 at 11:35 pm

    Is it bad if I started to grow a cutting outside with no roots. It has a trellis and a shade cover.

  5. Laura Schmidt on April 1, 2021 at 11:36 pm

    I got my dragon fruit in pot

  6. Jeremy Pulido on April 1, 2021 at 11:39 pm

    Can you explain how and when to water your dragon fruit?

  7. Katrinne nyanko Meowliz on April 1, 2021 at 11:39 pm

    wow $5-8 for 1, that is super expensive from where I am I can buy for $5 is 3 fruits and somewhere 5-6 for $8 but then again I just buy them from a friends farm

  8. Jennifer Patterson on April 1, 2021 at 11:40 pm

    I’m so excited! I’ve had flowers on mine 4 times but no fruit. My demon needs to be tamed too!

  9. Epic Gardening on April 1, 2021 at 11:41 pm

    0:00 – Intro
    1:25 – Soil & Containers
    2:10 – Sun Requirements
    2:53 – Temperature
    3:22 – Fertilization
    4:08 – My Growing Strategy
    5:26 – Potting Up
    9:31 – Final Placement & Checking My Friend’s Dragon Fruit Plants

  10. Sandra Lopez on April 1, 2021 at 11:43 pm

    I like your videos..how can I distinguish a regular cactus from a dragonfruit

  11. Daughter of the King Nicole on April 1, 2021 at 11:45 pm

    they cost 20 in barbados….. CRAZY

  12. Richard Chand on April 1, 2021 at 11:45 pm

    What about the red skin w/ the purple fruit?

  13. Erick Sanchez on April 1, 2021 at 11:49 pm

    On dragon fruit i find it tasty! However it isn’t $3-$6 tasty

  14. Pushkar raj on April 1, 2021 at 11:49 pm

    Thanks for your video. You take time out of your busy schedule to make informative vedios. Giving time is the biggest thing one can give. Thank you very much.

  15. dotty7789 on April 1, 2021 at 11:49 pm

    In new england the yellow ones are about $2-3 bucks each, you can get them cheaper at the asian markets

  16. Michael Hernandez on April 1, 2021 at 11:50 pm

    How big is the container?

  17. Aaron Henson on April 1, 2021 at 11:51 pm

    I have mine outside in full summer sun in AZ! Mine love the heat. We have the same strand.

  18. Bounthong Thongchampasy on April 1, 2021 at 11:52 pm

    I bet you want me to say your way of planting will be better. 🤣🤣. But, let set joking a side, I think your way will be better. 👍.
    By the way! Where can I get this plant in Connecticut?

  19. sadiq rahman on April 1, 2021 at 11:53 pm

    i get dragon fruit from school bush there is so many dragon fruits

  20. cul de sac grocery garden on April 1, 2021 at 11:53 pm

    Where I live, zone 6a it’s been over 90 degrees for weeks and we are just now at the beginning of July. Sometimes we have heatwaves that the actual temperature is over 100. Wondering what to do about this? So far it’s really happy in our steamy weather and is growing like crazy. I got it over a year ago but last summer was unusually wet and cooler than normal. This summer is going to be brutal I think though.

  21. Shantay Prueeissen on April 1, 2021 at 11:55 pm

    If you want to build it you can find nice instructions on the Stodoys website.

  22. Andrea Weber on April 1, 2021 at 11:58 pm

    I fertilise mine with 1/2 strength seasol solution, its growing well but no flowers yet. I have two plants in two separate pots and the one with most sun has grown better but I had one in full sun all day and it didn’t like it. South east Queensland, Australia can be be hot and humid.

  23. Muzammil Bhatti on April 1, 2021 at 11:58 pm

    dear sir tell me about watering much or less

  24. Elaine Rusell on April 2, 2021 at 12:00 am

    golden dragon fruit with golden flesh is so much tastier

  25. Sharon Birdwell on April 2, 2021 at 12:01 am

    I bought a Dragonfruit from Walmart of all places about three years ago and it bloom this year. I have no idea how to grow them but I have two more buds on it now. I did look up how to get the fruit because the first bloom just fell off. They only bloom at night so I will be watching to see if I can get some fruit going

  26. blakespower on April 2, 2021 at 12:01 am

    are we allowed to say red skin anymore?

  27. Michael Kilburn on April 2, 2021 at 12:03 am

    I use the tomato round trellis to support mine. I notice they are very sensitive to too much water in the winter though they love water in the hot summer.

  28. Erik Steenkamp on April 2, 2021 at 12:04 am

    In sout Africa we have to import them so you struggle to find them and when you find them it is like 60 bucks one dragon fruit and fruitbats because of they bloom at night I think they help a lot

  29. Jillian H. on April 2, 2021 at 12:06 am

    My local Home Depot just got whole bunch of red flesh dragon fruits. I picked one up for only $10!!! I’m so excited to repot it soon. Since I only have one plant, think 16” terra cotta pot should do it. Not sure yet how I’m going to trellis it. So far thinking of just getting a heavy duty tomato cage since I can’t build a sturdy wooden one.

  30. Tung Kirk-Yin on April 2, 2021 at 12:07 am

    How long for dragon fruits to bear fruits from planting to first harvest?

  31. Abdul Ahad Azeem on April 2, 2021 at 12:09 am

    W

  32. Angelito Tolentino on April 2, 2021 at 12:09 am

    Where did you get the 20 gallon pot? I’ve looked at Home Depot, Lowe’s, etc. and can’t seem to find them… Thanks in advance!

  33. Jhe AgriTech on April 2, 2021 at 12:09 am

    Thank you for sharing sir

  34. missy12531 on April 2, 2021 at 12:10 am

    Going to plant some and needed some information…thank you!!

  35. PITAHAYA EN CASA on April 2, 2021 at 12:11 am

    very nice! i love DF

  36. d w on April 2, 2021 at 12:12 am

    I put a little honey on my plants and ants move from one to another and help pollinate as my native bees have been knocked about by drought, ive planted some next to established yuccas with lower leaves stripped they seemed to have climbed yuccas ok so no cost or permanent post needed and similar sun and water needs

  37. Mr. Yogi on April 2, 2021 at 12:13 am

    That’s awesome!! Just bought my first dragon fruit today. It’s about 2 feet tall so let’s see how this goes. Like your videos brother!

  38. Play and learn on April 2, 2021 at 12:18 am

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  39. Eleanor Pagtakhan on April 2, 2021 at 12:19 am

    Pease let me know where you bought your 20 gallon pot. Thank you.

  40. John Martin on April 2, 2021 at 12:23 am

    ID like to know how to kill them they’ve become an invasive pest in my yard smothered some trees to the point that will fall over

  41. Shriprasad Deosthali on April 2, 2021 at 12:25 am

    how did you get the DF plant

  42. G.Deepasri on April 2, 2021 at 12:26 am

    I’m your new subscriber ❤️

  43. Gold Dee on April 2, 2021 at 12:26 am

    my mother in law had to harvest a hundred of these this past summer

  44. Plants On Locke on April 2, 2021 at 12:26 am

    Hello! Happy holidays! I am in central California and have a very rare one of a kind 1945 self fertilizing honey/berry/candy fig. This is a very cold hardy variety, and not only produces a lot of large delicious fruit, but fruits all year long. It is hard to tell if it has 2 long fruit cycles, or 3 short. There is fruit growing as we speak. I sell 1ft airlayered trees and rooted cuttings of this variety for around $80-100 each depending on how many branches are forming.

    Trees around 2-3ft, especially with multiple branches, I sell locally for up to $400 each. I have some other rare stuff if you wanna check out my store. I was wondering if you would trade me DF cuttings for a bunch of big thick cuttings of my fig (cuts from 2-3 year old branches.) They don’t have to be very big I’m not picky 😁 If you are not interested I completely understand! Thanks for your time 🥰

    https://www.etsy.com/listing/840235194/updated-info-lockes-1945-hb-yln-honey?ref=shop_home_active_17&frs=1&crt=1

  45. Musashininja on April 2, 2021 at 12:28 am

    I’m in Australia and I had mine in a garden bed in the front yard and it didn’t grow an inch. A Chinese neighbor told me I should move it or it might go missing one night like her pumpkins did one night. So I switched it to a garden bed in the back yard which I had earlier emptied a heap of my homemade compost and it has shot up and looks like it is about to fruit. It gets full sun most of the day but shade in the hottest part of the afternoon. I almost never water it but we have been getting a bit of rain and it has a lemon and orange tree on either side and just seems to love that location. Now it’s just a waiting game!

  46. Eric F. on April 2, 2021 at 12:30 am

    coool

  47. Breane Bednash on April 2, 2021 at 12:31 am

    I was gifted about 8 rooted dragon fruit plants im really excited about growing . No idea how to grow these things so the info I the video makes me feel like I will be okay with these now lol One question? How many rooted plants can you put in one 20 gallon pot ?? I’d like to try and grow these the same way

  48. Alyson Silverman on April 2, 2021 at 12:31 am

    Where do you get the fertilizer?

  49. Joe Cosey on April 2, 2021 at 12:32 am

    Start a ROKU Channel. Love your videos!

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