Dragon Fruit (Pitaya) Progression – Edible Garden in Florida

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Dragon Fruit (Pitaya) Progression – Edible Garden in Florida  

 

Dragon Fruit (Pitaya) 

 

Dragon fruit is in the family of cactus. It likes dry and tropical warm weather with some rain. There are some home growers who plant them in their edible garden in Florida 

 

 

 

Dragon Fruit Progression 

 

Our friend gave us some cutting last year. My husband Andy planted it at our backyard.  Last month we harvested two dragon fruits.  The climbing plant has many branches,  and Andy has  several different plants started now, some in pots with a trellis and some directly in the ground (around base of palm, and in back staked to 4x4s with metal rebar to support branches as they grow). It also can be grown from seeds. 

 

It takes about one and a half to two years to get fruit if you start with the cutting of a branch and bury it about a third of the way into your soil.  You will first get a new bud – possibly several. 

 

 

In about two weeks the bud will turn into a flower. It blooms overnight and wilts by midday. 

 

 

From there, the fruit will form starting out green about a month and a half, then turning to red. The weight of a mature fruit ranges from 5 – 21oz.

 

  

We wait at least a week to pick after they turn red.  

 

They taste like a kiwi/strawberry, and the white variety looks like a poppy seed cake. 

 

 Edible Garden - Dragon Fruit Nutrition 

 

The fresh, delicious and healthy dragon fruit is low in calories. It is high in Vitamin C and a good natural source of anti-oxidants. Those small seeds have an amount of healthy fat and protein in them, which is not an issue for cholesterol. It also has dietary fiber.

 

If you eat the red flesh dragon fruit, it may result in reddish of coloring in your urine and feces, which is harmless.   

 

Dragon Fruit Garden and Care 

 

Beware of overwatering, it can cause the flowers to drop and the root will rot. It will not survive long freezing temperature. You may have to cover the plant for protection.  It is commercially planted in farms at Homestead Florida and the fruits are available at grocery stores.

 

 

 

This information is the courtesy of Kwee Huset of Kwee Huset Realty. For more tips on edible garden in Florida for your new homes call 941-716-3090

 

 

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Gabe Sanders
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My step-son is a big fan of Dragon Fruit, Kwee.  I'm thinking of growing some.

Aug 13, 2014 10:17 PM #5
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Joan Cox
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Kwee, what an interesting fruit!   Doesn't look edible, but if it tastes like a strawberry or kiwi, it should be good.  Will have to look for this in our international market.

Aug 13, 2014 10:40 PM #6
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Kwee, this is such fun learning about some of the exotic plants you have in Florida!  Hope they keep producing fruit for you.  They sound delicious if it is truly like a kiwi!

Aug 14, 2014 12:10 AM #7
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Kwee

Thanks for sharing the information on Dragon Fruit.

Good luck and success.

Lou Ludwig

Aug 14, 2014 02:24 AM #8
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Yolanda Cordova-Gilbert
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Kwee,

 I learned something today and those flowers from the Dragon Fruit, it is a beautiful flower thanks so much for sharing this! Andy has lots of  patience for all the planting and waiting but well worth the wait!

Aug 14, 2014 07:48 AM #9
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Kwee thanks for taking us through the  progression of getting to a Dragon Fruit.   The plant is interesting and the flower beautiful.

Aug 14, 2014 04:12 PM #10
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Kwee, you always come up with wonderful exotic plants that grow in Venice, and Andy is a gem for gardening.

Aug 15, 2014 07:25 AM #11
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I thought to myself that it did look like a kiwi/strawberry combination. I would like the taste very much.

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Hello Kwee ... very interesting post, love the photos and featured to the group:

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Aug 17, 2014 05:10 AM #13
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Kwee, I don't think I've ever tasted Dragon Fruit...maybe I can find some around here.

Aug 18, 2014 07:20 AM #14
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I have never seen those before...I like the picture where it is cut open so we could see the inside.  Definitely the right name for those

Aug 20, 2014 11:06 PM #15
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Kwee Huset you have a talent with plants!  I have seen similar looking plants growing in taller cabbage palm trees in my area, they bloom a beautiful white flower that is gone by midday, but I have never seen fruit on them.  I will have to research them more, you have my curiosity at full speed. 

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Thank you for sharing information about Dragon Fruit. I have never tasted it.

Aug 22, 2014 08:55 PM #17
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Thanks for the interesting lesson on Dragon Fruit.

Have a wonderful weekend!

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How cool that you are growing some.  This is something I have actually dreamed about recently.  I wonder if it's the same as the night blooming cereus?  I will do some more research.

Aug 23, 2014 12:00 PM #19
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I will re-blog this post today. Have an outstanding week!

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Saw this on Roy's re blog .. Sounds delightful . Have never tasted this but would love to try it 

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Kwee, I love this post.  You won't believe this but the first time I ever had dragon fruit was just this year when we were on vacation in Germany.  I really liked it.  Who knew its commercially grown in Florida!  Thanks for the info.

Aug 25, 2014 11:01 AM #22
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That is amazing, Kwee!  Inwill keep my eye out for them, Inhave seen growing someplace around here, they look similar to cactus and the flower is beautiful.

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I saw some for sale yesterday... $7, $10, and $15 each!  Wow, I'd better get some growing!

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