dragonfruit growing problem
Hi, I have a dragonfruit plant but sadly I only have one because the others died.
This dragonfruit plant was grown from seed but it stopped growing for a very long time; it is still 1 centimetre tall and it has grown something like a thick spike in between it's 2 leaves but stopped growing.
It is always the same height(1cm)and the corner of the leaves have shriveled. I made a mini greenhouse but the dragonfruit plant still isn't growing. Please help and tell me what to do. Thank you
(Note: the plant has not been growing for about 1 and half month but is still surviving)
Drought Smart Plants reply: well, it's a step in the right direction that it's still alive.
Dragonfruit is known by it's botanical name as Hylocereus polyrhizus, and is related to Epiphyllum, the Orchid Cactus. These plants are a bit finicky in their requirements and are very light dependent to trigger the next stage of their development. This could be why your plant has stalled.
The spine is a noted characteristic, and make them hard to handle carelessly.
As a drought tolerant plant, these plants can't survive being overwatered, so back off on the watering. Sometimes a summer outdoors leaving them to nature can help a lot - a shady area without really intense sun, and check on it occasionally for dryness. Water only when dry.
The greenhouse idea is a good one for some plants, but the reason that the leaves are drying up is possibly because it got too hot in there, and also is too humid.
Hopefully this will give you some ideas on how to look after this plant, and eventually, get some fruit!
See more about Dragonfruit on Dave's Garden Website here.