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Asked by Anonymous on December 13, 2014
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?

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Nikki
Certified GKH Gardening Expert

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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theficuswrangler

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
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?

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Downtoearthdigs
Certified GKH Gardening Expert

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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