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Support dragon fruit pitaya on a trellis instead of post

Most people grow the vine-like dragon fruit cactus on a post for support; however, dragon fruit plants can tend to "bush out" and out-grow the post over time. This extra growth can then lead to the plant fracturing under its own weight and losing limbs, due to only a few holding or securing points available.

A great tip and growing idea is to grow dragon fruit on a mesh support and tac it to the support a bit like an espalier. To do this, the mesh support must be strong and durable (cyclone fencing is ideal).

1. Simply use two strong posts (instead of one) about two metres apart and 2 metres high.

2. Between the posts secure cyclone fencing mesh - ensure it is taut.

3. Plant the dragon fruit central.

4. Tac the plant to the mesh by the hard stem (between the fleshy segments) as it grows training it up and out.

The mesh will allow the plant to flower and fruit to set on any side but more importantly it will evenly spread the weight of the plant and stop stem splitting or limb drop!

The example in the image (below) was taken from my tennis centre and was planted by Fred our grounds keeper.

You can comment or ask questions about this tip in the comments section below.

 

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Hi Danie, even though dragon fruit is a cactus plant and can survive dry conditions for long periods it still does like regular water (similar to most fruit trees) so in ground (once established) once a week and in pot probably 2-3 times ensuring...

Hi Danie, even though dragon fruit is a cactus plant and can survive dry conditions for long periods it still does like regular water (similar to most fruit trees) so in ground (once established) once a week and in pot probably 2-3 times ensuring the pot has really good drainage because the base will rot if left to sit in wet feet. Hope this helps, Cheers

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Mark, About how afton do you water your dragon fruit plant?
Thanks
Danie

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Hi Mel,

that's a good question! Yes a Dragon Fruit vine would climb or could be trained up a wire strand trellis such as the one you described; however, the best way is to position the vine at the base of a post so it can grow right up it. The...

Hi Mel,

that's a good question! Yes a Dragon Fruit vine would climb or could be trained up a wire strand trellis such as the one you described; however, the best way is to position the vine at the base of a post so it can grow right up it. The reason being is the plant will get quite heavy once it reaches maturity so without a central "spine" of support like a post it could become difficult to manage and start to hang off the wire. If you are really set on espaliering the vine without a post than the trellising material would need to be stronger than wire strands - perhaps fencing mesh (cyclone); or reo mesh; or even lattice etc...

In regards to plant spacing, I would leave at least 1.5 metres (about 4 or 5 feet) between each plant allowing for them to branch out and hang.

I hope this helps but feel free to ask more questions! Cheers

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I have recently installed copper log posts at 170 cm high with 6 strands of plain wire, the posts are approx 15 ft /4.6 m apart. I will put steel pickets in the middle to lessen the weight. Will dragon fruit grow on wire strands, or do I need to...

I have recently installed copper log posts at 170 cm high with 6 strands of plain wire, the posts are approx 15 ft /4.6 m apart. I will put steel pickets in the middle to lessen the weight. Will dragon fruit grow on wire strands, or do I need to put up mesh/timber etc? If Mesh is needed what sort would I need? and how far apart do I plant each plant??
Thanks for any advice, Mel.

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