ABOUT THIS DRAGON FRUIT CACTUS.
9-S Dragon Fruit Cactus (hylocereus polyrhizus) – The fruits produced by Thomson 9-S Dragon Fruit are red with green tips in color with a white, delicious flesh inside that is edible and tangy. Thomson 9-S is a wonderful mid yield, self pollinating variety, medium in size weighing on average 0.5 – 1.0 lbs. Easily adapted to a variety of growing conditions and soils, this beautiful night blooming cactus produces fruit best when allowed to climb on a burlap wrapped totem, trellis or your favorite tree. The huge 10-16 inch round flowers are highly fragrant and beautiful in form, usually lasting just one night. Planted in multiples, a mature stand of this trailing Dragon Fruit cactus in full bloom is an unforgettable sight!
Dragon Fruit Cactus will continue to grow indefinitely if the roots can attach themselves to moist organic matter, wooden post or burlap wrapped totem. The growth rate, flowering, and fruit production of 9-S will vary greatly depending on soil type, humidity, sunlight, temperature and other factors. A few stems may be trimmed prior to shipping to reduce transpiration and travel stress.
DRAGON FRUIT CACTUS CARE.
Dragon Fruit Cactus are easy to grow, heavy fruit bearing, vining cactus that require little attention. In the landscape Dragon Fruit Cactus grow happily in a pot or when planted directly in the ground near an arbor or post. They add a tasty accent to any outdoor space, garden or patio. In cooler zones a containerized Dragon Fruit Cactus can be relocated indoors for the winter months.
When you receive your new Dragon Fruit Cactus, there is no need to worry about planting right away. Your new plant can be stored for a while by simply placing it in a bucket and moving it to a shady location, simply water when dry. This will give you plenty of time to select the ideal location for your new Dragon Fruit Cactus. This Dragon Fruit Cactus in particular is well rooted, grown and shipped in a 2″x 2″x 7″ tall pot allowing for deeper roots and faster growth.
All Dragon Fruit Cactus varieties grow very well in patio containers. Allow enough room for growth generally a 8″ to a 16″ diameter, 12″ deep container with a totem will suffice to get started. Remember the looser the roots, the taller and healthier your Dragon Fruit Cactus will be. When the plant becomes root bound its growth will slow, at that point it is time for a larger pot.
9-S Dragon Fruit Cactus enjoy a well drained, organic cactus mix easily found at your local box store. Remember try to stay away from wet or mucky soils.
To help establish your new 9-S Dragon Fruit Cactus, fertilize sparingly a few inches away from the base, tri-annually with a slow time released product. Unfertilized they will tend to grow at a slower pace. Note: The heavy salts in cheaper fertilizers will damage the roots and possibly kill the plant. Its best to use a brand you know and trust.
GROW ZONE & LIGHT.
Best outdoors if grown in zone 10-11, find your zone here. This Dragon Fruit Cactus requires 80-100% sunlight. Depending on your location full sun is often best. In the northern end of their grow zone 9-S Dragon Fruit Cactus should be brought indoors or protected during the winter months. The patio zone is 4b-11 which means the potted plant will flourish over the summer months in colder zones but must be brought inside before winter.
BEFORE YOU PLANT OUTDOORS.
At the nursery these Dragon Fruit Cactus are grown under 20-40% shade cloth. If you plant this Dragon Fruit Cactus in a brightly lit area you may experience leaf burn. It is best to acclimate this plant to its environment by keeping it outside and slowly moving it into a sunny area over a week or two to avoid stress before planting.
WHAT IS THE SHIPPING SIZE.
All 9-S Dragon Fruit Cactus for sale will vary in size. In the spring, plants are often smaller than plants shipped in the fall. Plants designated with a sku ending in -4, -6 or -8 will arrive in a standard 4 inch, 6 inch or 8 inch round growers pot respectively. Our new, reusable, recyclable deep plugs are 7 or 9 inches deep and 2 or 2.5 inches in width. Products growing in these pots are easy to transplant and allow for deeper roots and faster growth, they are designated with a sku ending in -7 or -9. Our new, reusable, recyclable tree pots are 8 inches deep and 3×3 inches in width. Products growing in these pots are easy to transplant and allow for deeper roots and faster growth, they are designated with a sku ending in -t3, most of these often come with a wood totem. (Note: The item sku number can be found just below the buy button.) The color and style of these pots may vary. If we are out of a particular size item, we may ship a larger size at no additional charge. For more information, click the “best packaging” link at the bottom of this page.
Note: Before leaving, Dragon Fruit Cactus are inspected, watered, and pruned. Larger plants, generally those that ship in 8″ pots, will be topped to 36″ or 48″ overall, depending on the variety, if necessary, to facilitate shipping. Your new plants’ pot is then bagged to ensure that the soil stays in the pot and not loose in the box. Plants are tissue or kraft paper wrapped and generally secured in place with natural biodegradable peanuts. You may want to order your 9-S Dragon Fruit Cactus (hylocereus polyrhizus) online now while they are in stock, supplies are limited.