by aditya abhishek
Dragon fruit, also known as pitaya, is a tropical fruit that has gained popularity in recent years due to its unique appearance & nutritional benefits.
It can be cultivated in warm tropical climates where temperature ranges from 20 to 30 degrees Celsius. But avoid delecting a spot with too much sunlight.
They can even grow in poor soils but with good drainage. Well drained sandy loam soil with pH 5.5 to 7 is ideal for its cultivation.
It is more commonly grown from cuttings. Cuttings are taken from mature plants and are rooted in a well-draining potting mix before being transplanted into the field.
Drip irrigation is most effiecient in dragon fruit farming. Irrigation plays a critical role during plantation, flowering and fruit development stage.
A balanced fertilizer with equal amounts of nitrogen, phosphorus, and potassium is recommended. The plants should be fertilized every three to four months.
Dragon fruit typically takes between 12 and 18 months to reach maturity. The fruit is harvested when it is fully ripe and the skin is bright pink or red.
The fruit can be sold fresh, frozen, or processed into juice or other products. Dragon fruit can be marketed to local markets, restaurants, or wholesalers.
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