American Beauty Dragon Fruit
|Soil Type||Well Drained|
|Mature Height||6-10 Feet|
|Mature Width||6-10 Feet|
Need to shake up your landscaping? There’s no better addition than the otherworldly charm of the American Beauty Dragon Fruit. This unusual vining cactus produces irresistible, fluorescent fruits hanging from cascading vines.
Your American Beauty Dragon Fruit can serve several purposes in your landscaping. Plant it near a fence or wall, and it will climb, adding its strongly-scented white flowers to your design.
It also does well with only a central pole to grow on. Its three-sided spiky stems will grow in a mounded formation, vines piling atop each other in a charming shape.
But certainly, the standout of this cactus is its stunning fruit. These tasty beauties are hot pink inside and out - and can grow to weigh nearly a pound! Dragon fruit lovers say it tastes like a mix between kiwi and pear, with edible black seeds adding texture. If you grow your own fruits, you can enjoy them raw or blend them into smoothies!
Mature American Beauty Dragon Fruit cacti are also extremely reliable in producing abundant fruit. Once established, these plants can fruit three or four times in a single season - even without a pollinator.
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How often does the cactus produce fruit?
Three or four times during the fruiting season.
Where can the American Beauty Dragon Fruit cactus grow?
It can be planted outdoors in zones 10 and 11, though it can also be moved indoors in colder places.
Are American Beauty Dragon Fruits edible?
Yes! Many people appreciate the fruits’ sweet flavor and pulpy texture.
Choose a location that receives full sun - avoid shady areas entirely. Plant the American Beauty Dragon Fruit in well-draining soil, ideally in a sandy cactus potting mix if you’re planting in a container.
When planting, lay the cactus on its side so you don’t hurt its vines. Tap the sides of the container before sliding the cactus out of its pot.
If you are not planting by a fence or wall, create a “climbing pole” to give the cactus the structure it needs.
Only water your American Beauty Dragon Fruit when the soil is nearly dry. Consider an automatic dripper at the top of your pole. Also, make sure your cactus never sits in water - standing water can kill it.
Do not over-fertilize, but add small amounts of low-nitrogen, slow-release cactus fertilizer.
Cut branches that are touching each other or the ground. Be careful to wear protective clothing to avoid spines.