Woestijn-desert Hylocereus undatus - Pitaya - Dragon fruit

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  • Article number: HYLUND01

Hylocereus undatus or Pitahaya is also known under the names pitaya, pitaja, dragon fruit or dragon fruit.
This tropical fruit is very common in Asia, especially in Thailand, but also in southern Mexico and other South American countries with a tropical climate.

Hylocereus undatus is a highly branched cactus with a hanging habit. They can be more than 5 meters long if they are not pruned.
At the ends of the branches, the flowers appear white in color and up to 10 cm in size.

Flowering often occurs in the evening and the plant can then be pollinated on that particular night by going into the heart of the inflorescence with your hand.
That is where the male part with pollen is deepest in the flower. The female part sticks out a little more and is elongated. With the male pollen you can now pollinate the female part with a brush. Then you go to the next flower with the same hand. 
In Thailand the flowers are pollinated by bats during the night.

Click here for a movie of how pollination works.

Click here for the result of the pollination.

The special fruit that then grows on the Pitaya is oval in shape 15 to 20 cm in size and in principle green in color. This becomes bright pink in color and is then ripe.
The flesh is white and tastes very aromatic and contains a high concentration of antioxidants.
May be fertilized with Cactus focus for healthy growth. 
Winter hardiness zone 11 (+ 6ºC).

  • Article number: HYLUND01
  • Minimum temperature: +6ºC
  • Location: Sunny
  • Soil type: No special requirements
  • Water requirement: Slightly moist, drought tolerant
  • Full ground:
  • Tub plant:
  • Flowering period: 7-8
  • Origin / habitat: Thailand, Asia, South Mexico
  • Growth rate: Normal
  • Maximum plant height: Without pruning >4 meters
Amadeus Hicks
Amadeus HicksPosted on February 17, 2022 15:04

shipped well to Denmark i ordered 2 both were wrapped well there was little damage to the plants mostly just marks and dents from growing leaning on the pot while it grows ive added some support so i can train it to grow upwards

DamianPosted on April 23, 2020 17:40

Wat een fantastische winkel! De plant kwam in prima conditie aan, direct omgepot en is al zeker 5 cm gegroeid in de afgelopen 2 weken. De plant begint ook al nieuwe kopjes te krijgen bij de basis.

ben benieuwd of er volgend jaar al fruit aan komt met deze snelle groei.

zeker 5 sterren waard!

Frank S.
Frank S.Posted on September 17, 2017 10:34

Prima aangekomen. Leuke plant, groeit als kool.

Raul Riveros
Raul RiverosPosted on July 30, 2017 12:11

De Pitaya komt eigenlijk oorspronkelijk uit Midden-Amerika en Zuid-Amerika, maar lekkere vrucht!

B. van Bruggen
B. van BruggenPosted on September 9, 2014 16:41

Super plant, was ik al even naar op zoek. Groeit als kool en heb hem in de serre hangen.

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