These fast growing cacti are actually climbing vines with triangular (3-sided), sometimes 4 or 5-sided, green,
fleshy stems. Each stem segment has three flat, wavy wings, and forms aerial roots to adhere or climb onto porous surfaces such as wood and masonry. The vines bloom sporadically from late spring into fall with very large (10-12"), white, bell-shaped flowers that open rapidly at dusk and emit an intoxicating, sweet perfume. From these flowers come the large oval-shaped fruit that have a tough pink skin of overlapping scales, and a sweet fleshy interior with many tiny edible seeds.
Dragonfruit grows well in tropical and subtropical climates, mostly free of frosts and freezes. They tolerate partial shade but produce more fruit in full sun. The vines should be given a large sturdy support such as an arbor or pergola. The common dragonfruit trellis features one central 4"x4" post, anywhere from 4-8' tall, topped with a horizontal trellis 3-4' in diameter that allows the vines to form a sort of small artificial "tree" for ease of fruit harvesting.
In contrast with other cacti which are from dry desert areas, dragonfruit originates in areas with a good amount of rains, and appreciate regular irrigation and a rich, moist, but well-drained soil. Vines are tolerant to drought, which induces flowering. Rains and irrigation during fruit development and prolonged droughts are beneficial. They are also moderately salt tolerant, making them a good choice for edible seaside landscaping.
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