Pitaya dragon fruit Print


A pitaya or pitahaya is the fruit of several cactus species, most importantly of the genus Hylocereus (sweet pitayas). These fruits are commonly known as dragon fruit Chinese huǒ lóng guǒ "fire dragon fruit" and lóng zhū guǒ, "dragon pearl fruit", Vietnamese thanh long meaning "sweet dragon", Indonesian and Malaysianbuah naga, "dragon fruit", Lao mark mang gohn for "dragon fruit", and Thai kaeo mangkon (Thai: แก้วมังกร) "dragon crystal". Other vernacular names are strawberry pear ornanettikafruit.

If not otherwise stated, this article's content refers specifically to the pitayas of Hylocereus species, or "dragon fruit".


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Grow Pitaya from seeds



Fill a shallow container with a planting medium made from equal parts seed-starting mix and sand. Moisten the mixture. Sprinkle the seeds on the top of the medium and barely cover them with sand. Seeds need light to germinate.

Place the container in a plastic bag to retain moisture. Set it in a warm spot that gets plenty of light. Check daily; seeds start germinating anywhere from one to 14 days after planting. After germination, remove the plastic bag.

Do not overwater the young cacti. After several months of growth, pot each small plant in its own container.

source: eHow.com


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