Dragonfruit Orchard | Trellis Training & Pruning

The dragonfruit cactus plants in the dragonfruit orchard will need to be 'trained' to grow on the trellis and pruned to maximize fruiting and growth as well as to allow most easy access during the time of harvest of the dragon fruits. If the dragonfruit cactus is not maintained by regular pruning your commercial dragonfruit growing venture won't bear fruit! Rather like the Kiwi, the dragonfruit cactus is naturally a rather aggressively growing vine. If left unchecked the dragonfruit cactus under favorable growing conditions will make a huge tangled mass of stems and branches - not the least problem of which would be the difficulty of harvesting fruit. You will want the majority of the fruit to be on the portion of the dragon fruit cactus at a convenient height for harvesting and off the ground sufficiently at a minimum to avoid contamination from the ground itself (rot and disease can spread if the vine branches and fruits rest on the ground!).

Dragonfruit Orchard | Dragonfruit Trellis

If you do nothing and do not guide or prune your dragonfruit on the dragon fruit trellis it can rapidly become a huge tangled mass from which it will be very hard to harvest fruit and which can become so dense that it induces rot and disease. The ideal…

Dragonfruit Orchard | Pruning Dragonfruit Cactus

You will need to regularly prune the dragonfruit cactus plant growing on the dragon fruit trellis or else it will grow into a dense heavily branched mass which will block light, encourage fungus and bacterial disease, and make fruit harvesting hard to…

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