How to grow dragon fruit from seed.

Growing dragon fruit  or pitaya from seed is a relatively straightforward process, but it requires patience, as it can take several years for the plants to start producing fruit.

Here's a step-by-step guide on how to grow dragon fruit from seeds.

growing dragon fruit from seed

Dragon fruit seedlings are very cute and come out initially with 2 little leaves. 

Materials you'll need:

  1. Dragon fruit seeds: Obtain seeds from a ripe dragon fruit. You can scoop out the seeds from the fruit flesh and rinse them to remove any residual pulp. Allow them to air dry for a day or two before planting. Sometimes when you have an over late season over ripe dragon fruit the seed will begin to germinate inside the fruit.

  2. Growing medium: Dragon fruit seeds can be grown in a well-draining potting mix or a mixture of equal parts perlite, peat moss, and vermiculite. Make sure the medium is free from pests and diseases.

  3. Containers: Small pots or seed trays work well for starting dragon fruit seeds. Make sure they have drainage holes.

  4. Plastic wrap or a clear plastic lid: This will create a mini greenhouse effect to keep the humidity high around the seeds. This is not essential but can help speed up the spouting process.

  5. Watering can or spray bottle: For keeping the growing medium consistently moist.

Steps to grow dragon fruit from seed:

  1. Prepare the seeds: Rinse the seeds to remove any pulp, and allow them to air dry for a day or two.

  2. Prepare the containers:Fill the containers with the growing medium, leaving a small gap at the top for watering. The growing medium should be moist but not soggy.

  3. Plant the seeds: Make small indentations or depressions in the growing medium, about 1/4 inch deep, and place one or two seeds in each depression. Cover the seeds lightly with growing medium.

  4. Create a mini greenhouse: Cover the containers with plastic wrap or a clear plastic lid to create a humid environment. This helps to maintain moisture and warmth, which is crucial for germination. Place the containers in a warm and bright location, but avoid direct sunlight.

  5. Maintain moisture:Check the containers regularly to ensure the growing medium remains consistently moist but not waterlogged. You can use a spray bottle to mist the surface when needed.

  6. Germination: Dragon fruit seeds may take anywhere from a few weeks to a few months to germinate. Once the seedlings emerge, remove the plastic covering and provide them with indirect sunlight or partial shade.

  7. Transplanting:When the seedlings have grown to a few inches in height and have developed at least two sets of true leaves, they can be transplanted into larger pots or directly into the garden.

  8. Care and maintenance: Provide proper care, including regular watering, well-draining soil, and a trellis or support structure for the growing plant. Dragon fruit plants need plenty of sunlight and warmth. Be patient, as it can take several years for the plant to mature and produce fruit.


Don't plant all the seeds only select a few otherwise you will end up with over crowding. 

how to grow dragon fruit seedings

    Remember that dragon fruit plants prefer well-drained, slightly acidic soil and a sunny location. They are typically best suited for USDA hardiness zones 10-11, although they can be grown in containers and brought indoors in cooler climates.