While you may not initially equate “cactus” with “edible,” the dragon fruit, also known as pitaya, is indeed borne on a cactus. When the fruit is cut open, the flesh is revealed to be snow-white and peppered with tiny, edible black seeds throughout — quite a contrast to the exterior.
Hereof, what is dragon fruit classified as?
Correspondingly, is dragon fruit a desert plant?
As a cactus that is native to deserts and warm environments, dragon fruit plants require sunny and hot locations. While it is okay if the base of the dragon fruit receives a little shade, the tips of the plant need full sun to bloom and produce fruit.
How fast does a dragon fruit plant grow?
Plants can begin flowering in as little as six to eight months, although container-grown plants may take up to two years to bear fruit. The good news is that once the plant is mature, you could see four to six fruiting cycles a year from a plant that is capable of bearing fruit for 20 to 30 years.
Although it is a cactus, it requires a relatively high amount of water. Dragon fruit trees are vining, and need something to climb. They are also heavy – a mature plant can reach 25 feet (7.5 m.) and several hundred pounds.