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Asked by
Anonymous on
December 13, 2014

Q. dwarfing dragon fruit

Is it possible to dwarf the height of dragon fruit and spread the vines on a trellis so it can be grown indoors with plant lights?

Answered by
Nikki on
December 15, 2014
Certified Expert
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With aggressive pruning and training, you can help keep it smaller and growing outward instead of up, but this may also affect its ability to fruit. It does not have so much in the way of vines, but rather succulent leaves, so this may be hard to attach to a trellis. It may also be very difficult to get them enough light indoors.

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Answered by
theficuswrangler on
December 15, 2014
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You can easily prune the dragon fruit, also known as Hylocereus and pitaya. Just go ahead and cut the fleshy stems wherever you want. Much more difficult will be giving it enough light to flower and fruit. It will grow as an indoor plant, but flower and fruit requires bright light, at least partial sun. Also, I believe the flowers need to be pollinated from another plant in order to fruit. Here is a rather long article that seems very complete in its information: http://miami-dade.ifas.ufl.edu/pdfs/tropical_fruit/THE%20PITAYA%20in%20Florida.pdf

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Asked by
HBflowerpower on
May 22, 2016
London

Q. Dying houseplant

I recently decided to transfer one of my houseplants (I think it’s called a dragon tree) to a larger plant pot. Two weeks later it seems to be ailing at a terrifying rate. The stems, which were at one point thick and almost wooden, are withering rapidly and it’s losing a large amount of leaves every day. I’ve noticed that the soil has remained very damp for a while since repotting the plant. Could it potentially be a case of overwatering? Is there anything I can do to salvage it?

Answered by
Downtoearthdigs on
May 24, 2016
Certified Expert
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It is important to only go up 1" in pot size when repotting your Dracaena Plant.

Though the soil should be moist, it should never be soggy. Too large of a pot can lead to overwatering and root rot.

You can lift the plant and replace the soil. If you can, you can reduce the pot size.
If the roots are black or dark and mushy, you can trim those away.

https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/houseplants/dracaena/dracaena-houseplant-care.htm

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Asked by
husoto.fl on
October 25, 2018
32038

Q. For plus 3 year I have several dragon fruit plants with the best care. No blooms , no fruits. my zone is 32038. HELP! Please.

I have placed my plants under full sun without result. One year ago I replanted them and moved under trees, no results….I fertilize and water as normal.

Answered by
Downtoearthdigs on
October 29, 2018
Certified Expert
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Jack-fruit tree grows in hot and humid regions of Asia, where high rainfall is common. It means you need to water it often as it prefers moist, well-drained soil but avoid over-watering especially when the plant is establishing in first two years. You need to plant in full sun location.
Jack-fruit tree grows in hot and humid regions of Asia, where high rainfall is common. It means you need to water it often as it prefers moist, well-drained soil but avoid over-watering especially when the plant is establishing in first two years.

https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/edible/fruits/jackfruit-trees/growing-jackfruit-trees.htm

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Asked by
KKM on
November 25, 2018
Athens

Q. Can the hylocereus continue to grow normally without any problems caused by the graft

I have a moon cactus and the gymnocalycium mihanovichii part has long died and i have already pruned it.The stern though which is a hylocereus seems to be pretty healthy

Answered by
Downtoearthdigs on
November 26, 2018
Certified Expert
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It looks like the graft has healed over and your Cactus should continue to grow.

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Answered by
KKM on
November 26, 2018
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I was convinced there was no hope for my cactus.Thank you very much for clarifying

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Asked by
Anonymous on
April 16, 2019

Q. Dragon Fruit Plant

Hello,

While I was replanting my Dragon fruit plant the wind picked up and bent the plant so that it broke half way through. I immediately held the plant back up so that the broken edges were placed back together and then splinted the plant up right. I read your plant repair article and had hope that this will heal as it did not break all the way through. But at the end of your article it said that softer stemmed plants don’t tend to do well with this. Are Dragon Fruit one of these plants? the stem that broke is just starting to grow branches and I am not sure if the plant is old enough to make it a cutting and I do not know how or want to take that course of action if it can be avoided.

Sincerely,

Rachel Foss

Answered by
Downtoearthdigs on
April 16, 2019
Certified Expert
A.

No, this method would not likely work for you.
This article will discuss propagation and is likely your best method to safe the broken stem.
https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/ornamental/cacti-succulents/dragon-fruit/pitaya-plant-propagation.htm

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Asked by
Anonymous on
April 16, 2019

Q. Dragon fruit plant

I have a good looking, robust, dragon fruit plant , 4 years old, that never has shown a flower.

Will appreciate any help. Thanks.

Answered by
Downtoearthdigs on
April 17, 2019
Certified Expert
Asked by
larka13 on
June 8, 2019
19130

Q. white spots that wipe off then reappear a few days later

I have a dragon plant directly in line with my air conditioner/heat unit and
it keeps getting white spots that wipe off on the top of the leaves. What
is it and should I move the plant?

Answered by
BushDoctor on
June 8, 2019
Certified Expert
A.

A/C units are notoriously bacteria and fungus ridden. This looks like either downy mildew in early stages, or powdery mildew.

Powdery mildew will be much easier to cure: https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/plant-problems/disease/powdery-mildew-homemade-and-organic-remedies.htm

Downy mildew can be a bit tougher: https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/plant-problems/disease/downy-mildew.htm

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