Red Dragon Fruit

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Ornamental and Unique Red Dragon Fruit

  • Self-Fruiting
  • Juicy Mildly Sweet but Extremely Vibrant Fruit
  • Easy to Care For

There is one word the everyone utters when they first see a Red Dragon Fruit plant (Hylocereus costaricensis): "Wow!" This exotic and gorgeous cactus is unlike any other plant. While this Costa Rican native is admired for its unique appearance, it is also highly sought after for its fruit.

This pendulous cactus grows long serpentine branches. They are smooth, with an undulating pattern along its pyramidal edges. With plenty of sun, these tendrils will blush to orange along their scalloped edges.

The Red Dragon Fruit produces pitayas that have bright red skin with thin, pliable yellow tabs when ripe. The fruit remains bright green until ripening. While interesting and attractive, the Red Dragon Fruit's flesh is even more stunning. When you cut open the Red Dragon Fruit, you'll find bright magenta flesh speckled with edible black seeds.

What do pitayas taste like? They are lightly sweet like a subtle pear flavor or kiwi without the tartness. They are crisp and crunchy while being succulent and juicy. They are perfect for hydrating shakes and juices. They also make a healthy snack for little ones.

While you probably know about the Red Dragon Fruit's striking fruit, did you know that it produces some of the largest blooms in the world? This self-fruiting plant flourishes with giant white blooms in late summer or early fall that appear at the ends of its branches. These blossoms aren't just dramatic in appearance, they're also fragrant.

This magnificent vine is highly ornamental. It's also easy to grow and care for. It grows well in full sun or partial shade. Many home gardeners grow theirs in a container with strong support. This also allows you to bring it indoors during a cold spell.

As a cactus, the Red Dragon Fruit thrives in low moisture and well-drained soil. After it's established, be careful to not over water your dragon fruit. Freezing temperatures can kill a Red Dragon Fruit and damage its fruit. It's also easy to propagate from cutting.

The Red Dragon Fruit looks amazing when allowed to spill over a hanging container. Place yours on your patio or pool deck.

If you want show-stopping flowers, fruit that will add drama to your favorite salad, and an unmatched ornamental cactus, you need a Red Dragon Fruit. Order yours now!

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Ever wonder what a larger plant will mean for your landscape? Container Sizes are really all about the age of the plant!

Seasonally, Nature Hills offers hand selected, high quality bare root trees, shrubs and perennials. Bare root plants are sold by height from the top of the root system to the top of the plant. Plants may be taller than the height minimums.

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Nature Hills Container Size by Volume

Young Plants to 18 Months
Size Volume
2"x2"x3" Ranges from .18 to .21 dry quarts / .198 to .23 dry liters in volume
4.5" Container Equal to .65 dry quart / .72 dry liter in volume
Sprinter Pot Equal to .63 dry quart / .69 dry liter in volume
4" Container Ranges from .31 to .87 / .35 to .96 dry liter in volume
6" Container Equal to 1.4 dry quarts / 1.59 dry liters in volume
1 Quart Equal to 1 dry quart / 1.1 dry liter in volume
5.5" Container Equal to 1.89 of a dry quart / 2.08 dry liters in volume
4"x4"x5" Ranges from .8 to 1.1 dry quarts / .88 to 1.2 dry liters in volume
4"x4"x6" Ranges from 1.0 to 1.3 dry quarts / 1.1 to 1.41 dry liters in volume
4"x4"x9" Ranges from 1.1 to 2.1 dry quarts / 1.2 to 2.3 dry liters in volume
4"x4"x10" Ranges from 1.7 to 2.3 dry quart / 1.87 to 2.53 dry liters in volume
Plants 18 Months - 2.5 Years Old
Size Volume
2 Quart Equal to 2 dry quarts / 2.2 dry liters in volume
#1 Container Ranges from 2.26 to 3.73 dry quarts / 2.49 to 4.11 dry liters in volume
5"x5"x12" Equal to 3.5 to 4.3 dry quarts / 3.85 to 4.74 dry liters in volume
Plants 2 - 4 Years Old
Size Volume
#2 Container Ranges from 1.19 to 1.76 dry gallons / 5.24 to 7.75 dry liters in volume
#3 Container Ranges from 2.32 to 2.76 dry gallons / 10.22 to 12.16 dry liters in volume
Plants 3 - 5 Years Old
Size Volume
#5 Container Ranges from 2.92 to 4.62 dry gallons / 12.86 to 20.35 dry liters in volume
#7 Container Ranges from 5.98 to 6.08 dry gallons / 26.34 to 26.78 dry liters in volume

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0 - 19.99 14.95
20 - 49.99 17.95
50 - 69.99 19.95
70 - 99.99 24.95
100 - 129.99 29.95
130 - 130+ Approx 25%

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Red Dragon Fruit Is Suited to Grow in Zones 10-11
Growing Zones 10-11
More Information
Brand Nature Hills' Choice
Botanical Name Hylocereus costaricensis
Mature Height 8 - 25 feet
Mature Spread 2 - 4 feet
Sun Exposure Full Sun, Partial Shade
Soil Well-drained
Moisture Low
Growth Rate Medium, Slow
Flower Color White
Foliage Sub Tropical
Foliage Color Green
Pollinator Friendly Yes
Fruiting Time Fall - Winter