Growing dragon fruit in hanging baskets can be a unique and visually appealing way to cultivate this exotic fruit.
This is a great way to grow dragon fruit if you only have an apartment balcony
Dragon fruit, also known as pitaya, is a tropical cactus that produces colourful and delicious fruit.
Here's a step-by-step guide on how to grow dragon fruit in hanging baskets:
1. Choose a Suitable Hanging Basket:
Select a hanging basket that is large enough to accommodate the growth of the dragon fruit plant. A basket with a diameter of at least 25-50cm and good drainage holes is recommended. We used a wire basket with a coir basket insert.
This is a link to where we buy quality hanging baskets. WELDED Wire Hanging Basket with Chain Hanger 50cm
2. Prepare the Soil:
We used Mushroom compost mixed with some aged forest mulch, We get this from the local landscape supplier in bulk.
Place the dragon fruit cuttings in the hanging basket Plant the cuttings about 5 cm deep into the soil. I tied my cuttings to the edge of the hanging basket to stop them falling out if the basket gets knocked.
5. Sunlight and Location:
Place the hanging basket in a location where the dragon fruit plant receives ample sunlight. Dragon fruit plants thrive in full sun, so choose a spot with at least 6-8 hours of direct sunlight each day.
Water the dragon fruit plant regularly but make sure the soil is well-draining and not overly saturated. During the growing season, water more frequently, and reduce watering during the dormant period.
Feed your dragon fruit plant with Eco seaweed water-soluble fertilizer and slow release fertilizer with trace elements.
During the growing season (spring and summer), fertilize every 4-6 weeks. Reduce or stop fertilizing in the fall and winter when the plant's growth slows down.
Remember dragon fruit plants can grow quite large, so ensure your hanging basket has been secured properly.
With proper care and attention, you can enjoy the beauty of the dragon fruit plant and its delicious fruit in your hanging baskets.