Plant Care Dragonfruit


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Dragonfruit has a Survivor plant personality Survivor
Dragonfruit has a Fast grower plant personality Fast grower

Also known as

Dragonfruit, Hylocereus undatus, White-fleshed Pitahaya and Pitahaya


Selenicereus undatus

How to care for Dragonfruit

💦 Water

How often to water your Dragonfruit

Water needs for Dragonfruit
0.5 cups
every 12

Dragonfruit needs 0.5 cups of water every 12 when it doesn’t get direct sunlight and is potted in a 5" pot.

Use our water calculator to personalize watering recommendations to your environment or download Greg for more advanced recommendations for all of your plants.

Calculate water needs of Dragonfruit

Water 0.5 cups every

Does your plant get direct sunlight?

Select the pot size

☀️ Light

Finding light for Dragonfruit in your home

Light needs and placement for plant Dragonfruit: 1ft from a window
1ft or less from
a window

Dragonfruit love being close to bright, sunny windows 😎.

Place it less than 1ft from a south-facing window to maximize the potential for growth.

Dragonfruit does not tolerate low-light 🚫.

Select your region to see how the current weather in your area affects the placement of Dragonfruit in your home 🏡.

🪴 Nutrients

How to fertilize Dragonfruit

Nutrient, fertilizer, and repotting needs for Dragonfruit: repot after 2X growth

Most potting soils come with ample nutrients which plants use to produce new growth.

By the time your plant has depleted the nutrients in its soil it’s likely grown enough to need a larger pot anyway.

To replenish this plant's nutrients, repot your Dragonfruit after it doubles in size or once a year—whichever comes first.

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💡 FAQs
⭐ Difficulty Level

Dragonfruit is generally easy to care for, though some plant parents report facing challenges with growing it. Check out the reviews down below to read more about their experiences!

Common Dragonfruit Problems →

💦 Water Needs

Dragonfruit thrives in dry soil and should be watered sparingly. Use our water calculator to personalize watering recommendations to your environment or download Greg for more advanced recommendations for all of your plants.

Dragonfruit Water Frequency →

Dragonfruit Root Rot →

☀️ Sunlight Needs

Dragonfruit requires abundant, bright and direct light. Place it less than one foot from a window to ensure it receives enough light to survive 💪. Select your region to see how the current weather in your area affects the placement in your home 🏡.

Dragonfruit Light Requirements →

Dragonfruit Direct Sunlight Needs & Tolerance →

🐶 🐈 👶 Toxicity

Dragonfruit is not known to cause harm to humans or pets. Regardless, if you, a family member, a cat, or dog has ingested any plant material, please consult a doctor or a veterinarian.

💨 Humidity

Dragonfruit enjoys lots of humidity. Provide humidity for your plant by watering regularly and thoroughly, since plants absorb most water through their root system rather than their leaves. They may also benefit from being placed next to a humidifier.

Dragonfruit Humidity Needs →

🪴 Soil

Dragonfruit is very sensitive to wet soil, so choose a potting soil that drains very well and doesn’t retain too much moisture. A good soil will have lots of perlite or vermiculite for drainage and some organic matter for nutrition. A few handfuls of perlite added to regular store-bought cactus soil will do the trick!

Best Soil Mix for Dragonfruit →

When and How to Successfully Repot Dragonfruit →

💩 Fertilizer

Dragonfruit grows very slowly and doesn’t require added fertilizer. Replacing your plant’s potting soil once a year should provide them with more than enough nutrition. Remember, plants get their energy from sunlight, not fertilizer!

🌎 Native Region

Dragonfruit is native to Central, South America, and the Caribbean.

🌸 Flowers

Dragonfruit produces flowers in the wild, but does not flower when kept as houseplants.

⬆️ ⬇️ Growth Pattern

Dragonfruit is a naturally climbing plant and can be trained to climb indoors if you provide a moss pole or trellis. The newest growth will emerge from the end of the stems.

How and When to Prune Dragonfruit →

🌦️ Growing Outdoors

USDA Hardiness Zone
Dragonfruit can be grown outdoors in USDA Hardiness Zones 10-11b. Find your local hardiness zone here.

Dragonfruit Temperature Tolerance →

🌱 Propagation

The seeds of Dragonfruit can be used to grow new plants! After your plant flowers, any seeds that formed can be collected and germinated in potting soil.

How to Propagate Dragonfruit →

🧐 Troubleshooting

When troubleshooting a sad-looking houseplant, start by checking for signs of distress in its leaves, such as yellowing, browning, or drooping, which can indicate overwatering or nutrient deficiencies.

Inspect the soil moisture; too dry or too wet soil can cause problems.

Ensure the plant is getting the right amount of light, as too much or too little can stress it.

Finally, consider environmental factors like temperature and humidity, and adjust care routines accordingly to revive your plant.

😖 Common Issues

Overwatering is a likely cause of issues with Dragonfruit. These plants are very sensitive to wet soil so if you notice your plant becoming squishy or translucent, overwatering is the likely culprit.

Cut your plant just past where the rot ends and allow it to callus over for a few days before replanting it in fresh, dry soil. Download Greg to make sure your plant never gets overwatered again!

Care Summary for Dragonfruit



Greg recommends:


0.5 cups every 12 days


< 1ft from a window


Repot after 2x growth

Based on the 4” pot your plant is in, and that it doesn’t get direct sunlight.

What other plant parents say

Dragonfruit has a Survivor plant personality Survivor 22
Dragonfruit has a Fast grower plant personality Fast grower 20
Dragonfruit has a Easy to propagate plant personality Easy to propagate 9
Dragonfruit has a Large, lush leaves plant personality Large, lush leaves 5
Dragonfruit has a Blooms easily plant personality Blooms easily 3
Dragonfruit has a Browns easily plant personality Browns easily 1
Claire avatar
leaf-1 3 Plants
xp 42 XP
globe Antigonish, Nova Scotia

Easy to keep. Fragile. Hard to kill

Survivor Survivor
Amanda avatar
leaf-1 1 Plants
xp 31 XP
globe Melbourne, FL

Needs a very sturdy tall trellis

Easy to propagate Easy to propagate
Lan avatar
leaf-1 34 Plants
xp 563 XP
globe Jacksonville, NC

Cactus looking but produces amazing fruit!

Blooms easily Blooms easily
@PearlyBird avatar
leaf-1 6 Plants
xp 552 XP
globe Rochester, NY

Grows from seed easily but needs lots of sun and lots of support. It’s pretty weak, you’ll need to prop it up with stakes.

@ELHenslee avatar
leaf-1 26 Plants
xp 2,104 XP

Propagates within 3-4 weeks does not need a ton of water

Fast grower Fast grower
Easy to propagate Easy to propagate
Survivor Survivor
@sierrac_1223 avatar
leaf-1 30 Plants
xp 737 XP

This guy is one for someone who is patient. I propagated him from a friends plant and put him directly into soil as was directed. However he has taken so long to grow roots and settle in his new pot. Her plant has exploded in the large pot and takes up so much room that he needs a new one soon. They are easy to take care of and relatively low maintenance which is great! But they do require patience.

@kylies26 avatar
leaf-1 3 Plants
xp 91 XP
globe Whitchurch-Stouffville, Ontario

so so easy to care for! and it’s so cute :)

Survivor Survivor
@kenzie.sandusky avatar
leaf-1 4 Plants
xp 115 XP
globe Delphi, IN

He has survived my dog knocking him over!

Survivor Survivor
Morgan avatar
leaf-1 9 Plants
xp 127 XP
globe Norton Shores, MI

These are so pretty and fun to look at and they grow so fast!

Large, lush leaves Large, lush leaves
Easy to propagate Easy to propagate
Fast grower Fast grower
Renée avatar
leaf-1 5 Plants
xp 147 XP
globe Bracebridge, Ontario

So fun to watch these guys grow! They’ve got fun almost vines and they’re great to look at!

Fast grower Fast grower
@BeanBoi19 avatar
leaf-1 5 Plants
xp 136 XP
globe Joliet, IL

A really hardy plant! I water it very rarely. I can’t actually remember the last time I watered it lol! You can forget about it for a month and it will be fine! A piece of the plant was actually growing on the plastic tag that had the care instructions on it. It wasn’t even attached to the mother plant! Both the mother plant and the small leaf have survived and they’re thriving. I would highly recommend this plant to anyone!

Fast grower Fast grower
Large, lush leaves Large, lush leaves
Survivor Survivor
Easy to propagate Easy to propagate
@I_love_plants avatar
leaf-1 2 Plants
xp 58 XP

I think this is my new fav plant

Survivor Survivor
@emilytompkins avatar
leaf-1 3 Plants
xp 379 XP
globe Pound, VA

My dragonfruit plant, Rasputin, was originally supporting a moon cactus because the moon cacti are unable to thrive on their own. They are typically grafted onto the top of a hylocereus. This left him with a brown spot in the middle, but the death of the moon cactus has allowed him to thrive beautifully since then. He has grown so many new branches, and he’s so easy to care for. These plants can get very big when given the opportunity to do so. I definitely recommend!

Fast grower Fast grower
Survivor Survivor
Browns easily Browns easily
@catandplantlover1 avatar
leaf-1 5 Plants
xp 165 XP

hard to kill, can go without water for a while, loves the sun

Survivor Survivor
@kathollister avatar
leaf-1 5 Plants
xp 40 XP

Water ever couple of days, and get a large pot

Fast grower Fast grower
Easy to propagate Easy to propagate
@tortoise avatar
leaf-1 16 Plants
xp 249 XP
globe Little Rock, AR

They grow extremely fast. Within hours of sunlight exposure they’ll be bending towards the light! Very cute when small but can easily become unmanageable.

Fast grower Fast grower

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