Dragon Fruit South-Africa "Pitaya" Cuttings
This Exclusive Plant is coming to South-Africa
This is a limited offer
Cuttings will be available
R80 per Cutting it has a fast growth rate
and dont take up much space.
Easy to root Dragon Fruit Plant
4-8 inch cutting
Pitaya Fruit, Pitahaya Fruit or commonly known as the Dragon fruit is among the most nutritious and wonderful exotic fruits. It is a favorite to many, particularly people of Asian origin. It features a mouth watering light sweet taste, an intense shape and color, not forgetting its outstanding flowers. In addition to being tasty and refreshing, this beautiful fruit boasts of a lot of water and other vital minerals with varied nutritional ingredients.
Due to its vital nutrients, the Pitaya fruit is suitable for all diets as it supplements fiber which is best for laxative and the liver. Similarly, people who have high blood pressure, diabetes and obesity have attested to the fruit’s goodness. Recent findings show that if an obese person eats a Pitahaya fruit on a regular basis, it naturally reduces the weight considerably, creating a well balanced body without compromising on the individual’s health.
Importance of eating a Pitaya fruit
Carotene helps maintain and equally improve the health of the eyes
The fiber enhances digestion in our bodies
The fiber equally reduces fat
The protein component of the pitaya fruit enhances the body’s metabolism
Calcium reinforces bones and aid in formation of healthy teeth
Vitamin B2 acts as a multi vitamin to recover and improve loss appetite
Vitamin B1 assists in production of energy as well as metabolizing carbohydrates
Vitamin B3 lowers bad cholesterol level and enhances the appearance of the skin by moisturizing and smoothening it
Vitamin C ensures bruises and cuts heal faster and improves the general immune system of our bodies
Phosphorus aids in tissue formation.
Care and Feeding
Dragon Fruit cacti are climbing cacti, and individual branches will sprout roots to enable them to cling to bark, brick, rock, or any other rough surface.
Given an opportunity, pitayas will grow up and over walls. However, the plant will not absorb significant amounts of nutrients from these roots, so dragon fruit cacti should be raised in a rich potting mix. They also need at least six hours of full sun per day. You MUST protected from colder temperatures and excessive wind.
Pitayas should be repotted every two years by removing the root ball from the existing pot, placing it in the new pot, and adding potting mix around the edges. Try not to break up the root ball, and try not to dislodge the plant from any fixtures to which it has attached. If attempting to grow one to its largest size, start it in a large pot and expect it to stay there. As with other cacti, pitayas are adapted to dry soil conditions with exceptional drainage.
Always use pots with drainage holes in the bottom, and add perlite, Styrofoam, or other lightweight additives at the bottom of the pot to decrease weight and improve the existing drainage. Water only when the soil is completely dry: in extremely high temperatures, exceeding 104 degrees F. the cactus branches will begin to shrink and crumple as they lose moisture, giving a direct sign as to when they need further watering. Otherwise, try to water every week to two weeks, or when the soil is parched more than an inch below the soil line.
If grown solely as an ornamental, particularly in small hanging baskets, Dragon Fruit cactus should be fertilized sparingly, but if grown for fruit or to reach full size, they need large amounts of nitrogen. The Texas Triffid Ranch uses Mexican bat guano (10-2-1), available from garden shops specializing in organic solutions, mixed with water and added once per month. Try not to use too high a nitrogen level when fertilizing, as this may burn the roots.
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