2 Ways to Build a Dragonfruit Trellis for Growing Dragon Fruit in Containers

2 Ways to Build a Dragonfruit Trellis for Growing Dragon Fruit in Containers

Today I’ll show you how to build a dragon fruit trellis for growing dragonfruit in containers. We’ll be building 2 different support structures to give the climbing dragonfruit cactus a sturdy structure to climb up – one of the designs will virtually last a lifetime.
For the first trellis that I’m building, I’ll be trying to create a dragonfruit tree, by using a strong branch and attaching it securely into the pot so it can’t move at all. The second structure uses a recycled plastic fencepost and will be attached very securely to the pot.
We’ll then plant some dragonfruit cuttings into the containers so I can train the dragonfruit up the trellis structure.

Dragon fruit are a climbing jungle cactus that flowers at night and produces a delicious tropical fruit. They can be grown in tropical and subtropical climates, or in colder areas if protected in a greenhouse or kept away from cold, frost and damp conditions.
They can easily be propagated from seeds and from cuttings.
These plants are also known as Pitaya , Pitahaya , Stenocereus , Hylocereus undatus , Hylocereus costaricensis , Hylocereus megalanthus , Cactaceae.

Materials I used for the second trellis design:
1x 50L Plastic Pot (This was the biggest size I could get, but you can definitely go bigger if you can).
1 x 1.5m long Recycled plastic fence post – Use untreated timber as an alternative.
90×45 Timber (2″x4″) – 2 pieces at 550mm (1.8ft); 3 pieces @ 460mm (1.5ft).
17 x 100mm long bugle head batten screws (otherwise use what you have – can be shorter screws than this).
1 x Stainless steel threaded rod
4 x Stainless steel washers
4 x Stainless steel nuts
Hessian (burlap) material to attach to plastic post will allow your dragon fruits aerial roots to attach to the pole more easily and increase uptake of any water or foliar spray you provide the plant with. I will look at trying this out when I can get my hands on some hessian πŸ™‚
Good luck with your Dragonfruit and let me know if you build this trellis! Send me any of your growing pics over on Instagram. I’d love to see your plants ;).

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Pitaya / Dragon Fruit – Transplanting and Growing Rare Varieties from Seed https://youtu.be/XjJEjpk8lAA

The BEST Way To Grow Avocados From Seed – 0 – 5 Months https://youtu.be/CL0IVzjmB_U
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Turn COVER CROPS into FOOD Using No Dig Methods – https://youtu.be/ewtNtE2xubE

0:00 Intro
0:27 Building DF Tree Trellis
2:22 Planting Dragon fruit cuttings
3:42 Building the super strong trellis
6:41 Planting Yellow Dragon Fruit
6:57 Conclusion
7:29 Announcement!

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  1. Frank Funke on May 31, 2022 at 8:39 pm

    how big of a pot should you use if you were going to use a 4 x 4 for your trellis?

  2. Napintas Balasang on May 31, 2022 at 8:39 pm

    Great job…. I have some cut branches of trees here that I can use to raise my dragon trees. I also had tried to plant a dragon stem into the base root of my nectarine tree and is doing great…. starting to do well

  3. Inessa Adilkhanyan on May 31, 2022 at 8:40 pm

    Haha, my cats would love those πŸ‰ fruit structures as scratching posts/trees πŸ˜‚

  4. obscenityib on May 31, 2022 at 8:41 pm

    I thought that post was a pool noodle

  5. khaloud gaming on May 31, 2022 at 8:48 pm

    I’m new to this channel and it made me interested in gardening

  6. Rahila Kurdi on May 31, 2022 at 8:48 pm


  7. NoLa Ray on May 31, 2022 at 8:49 pm

    What are the winter temps like where you live? I was gifted some small dragon fruit cacti and am interested in keeping them. I’m in the southern United States so most of the year is hot but I’m afraid I will need to keep them inside for the dead of winter…

  8. Derek Chhim on May 31, 2022 at 8:51 pm

    Dragon fruit update?

  9. Eddie MuΓ±oz on May 31, 2022 at 8:51 pm

    What was the green pole you used again?

  10. Storm SCII on May 31, 2022 at 8:52 pm

    How is the wooden stem holding up after 8 month?

  11. The Zii Family on May 31, 2022 at 8:57 pm

    K im subscribing

  12. Ren Urri on May 31, 2022 at 8:58 pm

    Are you in Waikato area? Do you move in indoor your Dragon fruits on winter?

  13. Vincent Zi on May 31, 2022 at 8:58 pm

    why not grow a dragon fruit up an actual tree that’s alive?

  14. J-B Watz on May 31, 2022 at 8:59 pm

    I’m realy glad I found your chanel, you are pleasant to listen to and you also show some realy interesting content ! You should have more subs ! Greetings from France 😊

  15. Aura on May 31, 2022 at 9:03 pm

    If we use a plastic container, then it may break due to sunlight. What to do for thatttt…….can you show how to grow them in clay pots and cement pots pls…

  16. Jacob Christiansen on May 31, 2022 at 9:03 pm

    Alternate title: How to Train Your Dragon (Fruit Tree)

  17. Quake proof your home with a Pryda Wall Truss Brace on May 31, 2022 at 9:08 pm


  18. chellama61 on May 31, 2022 at 9:09 pm

    Awesome sirβ€οΈπŸ‘

  19. Febtu Daluh Angga on May 31, 2022 at 9:11 pm

    You have to try to plant giant markisa. The fruits very sweet and very rare fruit

  20. AmbrociousXP on May 31, 2022 at 9:13 pm

    This guy so SO good looking. Must be all that healthy food he eats.

  21. GARDENER on May 31, 2022 at 9:13 pm

    Why you should buy soil? You can Make your own compos + animal manure + organik fertilizer.

  22. TheKiwiGrower on May 31, 2022 at 9:15 pm

    Thanks heaps for watching!
    Make sure you stick around until the end for a little extra bonus after the video. Hope you enjoy 😁 🌱

  23. Clouseau Photographer on May 31, 2022 at 9:15 pm

    Loving your videos n Dragon Fruit. How long until they bear fruit? Are they ok to leave the pots outside in Papamoa in the winter time? Thanks so much. Brett

  24. yongxiang he on May 31, 2022 at 9:16 pm

    in china the commercial growers use bricks 😁

  25. TitoTheThird on May 31, 2022 at 9:16 pm

    Are you ambidextrous? You were drilling with your left hand at 1:28, with your right hand at 1:36, and also writing with your right at 1:42. πŸ™‚

  26. laineyj2 on May 31, 2022 at 9:17 pm

    So I love this idea. I have a huge dragon fruit that was attached to the wall. It just fell over yesterday! I am so sad as it really took down most of it. Therefore, I don’t want to reattach it to the wall as even those structures failed. I’m into making the fence post idea as I also think your wood idea won’t last (sorry, they just get so big!). Anyway, hoping to recover most of it. Good video

  27. Eraldo GimΓ©nez on May 31, 2022 at 9:19 pm

    I am waiting for my pitayas seeds to germinate to see what is up.
    I love the production you do and more when it comes to the seed, I see that the plants adore you, greetings from Paraguay. πŸ‘πŸ»πŸ€©β™₯️

  28. CrowntailHalfmoon on May 31, 2022 at 9:19 pm

    Thank you for sharing Sir. Great information. Sir could you explain how much soil volume is required for the dragon fruit plants ? Also what size pots do you recommend?

  29. Rollie Roth on May 31, 2022 at 9:21 pm


  30. Kobe Leonard on May 31, 2022 at 9:21 pm

    I used the branch method and in two years it rots and fell over and that’s because of water obviously

  31. happy hour on May 31, 2022 at 9:21 pm

    Awesome video very informative, i also thought that dragon fruit grew on vines πŸ˜‚πŸŒΏπŸƒπŸ’¦

  32. How to grow dragon fruit plant on May 31, 2022 at 9:21 pm

    Well build. Note that dragon fruit plants get heavy. The other 3 options are to grow them in strong rooted tree or just trellis less or up a wall or gate. πŸ™‚

  33. november9err on May 31, 2022 at 9:21 pm

    … awesome idea re. recycled post and that bracing, mate that’s next level ! Taa heaps

  34. Fabio Moura on May 31, 2022 at 9:22 pm

    Well done! I liked the result of this experiment. Very creative solution to fix the tree branch inside the vase. Very good indeed! Happy 2022!

  35. bounlath hansackda on May 31, 2022 at 9:23 pm

    l use old post and old moped wheels. lots green branches but no fruit.

  36. Alex Yul on May 31, 2022 at 9:24 pm

    How come he is so hot and pumped, but talks about…gardening?!πŸ˜†

  37. Catmaged's Productions on May 31, 2022 at 9:25 pm

    Woah cool yesterday I was doing the put seed in water for a week I hope it goes well

  38. Isabella Co on May 31, 2022 at 9:26 pm

    What a view! Gorgeous landscape in the yard 😍

  39. Beauty By Amy on May 31, 2022 at 9:28 pm

    Do you leave your dragon fruit outside during winter? I live in NZ too. I just brought 2 dragon fruit. Very happy find your videos.

  40. Lighthouse Travelers on May 31, 2022 at 9:30 pm

    πŸ˜‚ I just spit my orange juice out of my mouth when I saw the πŸ•· running across the screen screaming "OMG! Earthquake!" That was hilarious and unexpected! 😬

  41. Sherry Hill on May 31, 2022 at 9:31 pm

    Thank you. Just getting into this.

  42. Dundium on May 31, 2022 at 9:33 pm

    Can you grow dragon fruit in normal weather? Like not super sunny ( the Netherlands)

  43. M.M on May 31, 2022 at 9:33 pm

    How’s your dragon fruit cactus now? Wondering how you keep them in a warm environment over winter? Looking forward to seeing some updates:)

  44. Myrtus communis on May 31, 2022 at 9:34 pm

    Very interesting. Thanks for showing. πŸ‘ πŸ™‚

  45. mirta ledezma on May 31, 2022 at 9:36 pm

    Que buena idea voy hacer uno en mi jardin .πŸ˜πŸ‘

  46. Ultimate Warrior on May 31, 2022 at 9:36 pm

    Can you use treated 4×4 fence post from Bunnings or Mitre 10?

  47. MKHZEN Atlantique tic tic on May 31, 2022 at 9:37 pm


  48. Little Garden Big Dreams on May 31, 2022 at 9:37 pm

    This is great!! Just what I need for my dragon fruits. You’ve really inspired me to make one now xx Cathi xx

  49. nseriousget on May 31, 2022 at 9:37 pm

    arent those pots too small?
    i would assume one would need double larger pots for dragonfruit

  50. Maria Madalena Pereira on May 31, 2022 at 9:38 pm

    VocΓͺ Γ© muito criativo.

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