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Start Up Your Own Dragon Fruit Farm

Ideas to help you start up your own dragon fruit farm.

The dragon fruit is a very tasty and nutritious food that can have a lot of health benefits. But its price at this time is still prohibitive to many probably owing to the fact that it is not a common crop cultivated in a particular place. Supply determines the price as the market economy works on the Law of Supply and Demand. Rare products get pricey than common products.

 If you want to enjoy the health benefits that could be had from eating delicious dragon fruits, you may consider putting up your own dragon fruit farm. But is it difficult to start up your own dragon fruit farm? According to dragon fruit farmers, it is not.

What do you need to start up your own dragon fruit farm? The requirements are simple. You just have to find a place to plant the dragon fruit plant, seeds from a ripe dragon fruit, or cuttings from mature dragon fruit plant. This means that you can propagate the dragon fruit plant sexually through the fertilized seeds or vegetatively through cuttings or sections of the stem.

Propagating Through Seeds

A ripe dragon fruit has many seeds in it (Fig. 1). You just have to mush this out with water to remove the seeds. 

dragon fruit seeds

© 2011 Patrick A. Regoniel

Fig. 1. Dragon fruit seeds can be removed from the juicy meat. 

Plant the seeds (making sure the flesh are removed well) in well-drained soil but keep it moist by covering the seedbed with a plastic bag. This should germinate in two weeks or so. Transfer the seedlings to a well-drained soil in a sunny place because the dragon fruit plant is a cactus. Shady areas must be avoided.

Propagating Through Cuttings

The dragon fruit plant can also be propagated vegetatively through cuttings from a mature plant. A segment of about 20 to 30 cm will do. The advantage of this method is you can save time growing the dragon fruit plant and enjoy its fruits after six months to one year. Directly plant the cutting to well-drained but humus-rich soil next to a 2 to 3 meter pole where the roots will grow and cling unto (Figure 2). The kind of soil and ambient conditions will determine the rate of growth of your dragon fruit plant.

dragon fruit clinging on pole

Fig. 2. Dragon fruit plant clinging around a pole.

Test out your dragon fruit plant in different soil and lighting conditions to find out the optimum conditions for growing it. This will be your basis for planting on a large scale basis or a farm at that. But if your backyard has the right conditions, you just might plant the dragon fruit plant around your lot as these do not occupy much space when it grows.

Pollination of the Flower

There are places where pollinators of the dragon fruit plant could be a problem. The plant blooms only at night and the possibility of pollination by insects may be compromised where bats or moths are not in range. The dragon fruit farmer therefore has to resort on hand-pollinating the flowers at night. The dragon fruit plant blooms in the early part of the evening so pollination must be done at this time.

Harvesting the Dragon Fruit

The timing of harvest matters when it comes to enjoying the best of the fruit's taste. Experienced farmers suggest harvesting during the dry season because the fruit will taste sweet unlike harvest in rainy days where the fruit will taste sour. This has something to do with available water in the succulent stem of the dragon fruit plant. Too much water dilutes the taste.




© 2011 August 21 Patrick A. Regoniel Start Your Own Dragon Fruit Farm

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Comments (8)

Very good article Patrick! I love farming and its my ultimate dream. i am glad to say that I have to share this to a colleague of mine who left for USA leaving 40 fruit bearing Durian trees in his farm in Malaybalay, Bukidnon, hoping I can convince him about dragon fruit, thanks kabayan.

Welcome Ron and thanks for reading.

As more and more people are growing their own produce, this is great information. Voted up!

This is a good follow-up article... Dragon fruit is cactus and not really sensitive. So the methods you described would all work well. Plus the plants do not need much water. They just have to be properly anchored.

An interesting alternative for a nutritious fruit that could be cultivated and farmed. Thanks for sharing, Patrick.

I have had these once, they are great.. probably would not grow here in Canada

Hmm, am I the only one here who does not have a love affair with Dragon Fruit? I find it expensive and it stains on ones clothes if one is not careful. But anyway, thanks for the article I might be able to share this one to my friends who are hyping about this fruit.Ack

I never know this before. Great share and voted up.