Dragon Fruit - Red

Selenicereus monacanthus

Pitaya - Red

A spectacular night flowering cactus with highly ornamental pink skin & red flesh fruit containing numerous small black seeds. Fruit can be up to 1kg with a melon like flavour. Self pollinating selection. Sourced from Picone Exotic Orchards Guide to planting bare rooted cactiPlease note, calloused cuttings are marked with an arrow, plant with the arrow pointing upwards.
Other Names: Pitaya, Pitahaya

$29.90 ($9.90-$29.90 choose a size)

Specifications of Dragon Fruit - Red

Preferred Climate Tropical, SubtropicalLearn About Climate Zones

Grown From CuttingLearn About Propagation Methods

Max Height (when in the ground with good conditions) 2-5m

Plants required to Pollinate 1 (Self Pollinating)Learn about Pollination

Can it Handle Frosts? Likes Temps above 5deg

Amount of leaves in Winter? All Leaves (Evergreen)

Quarantine Restrictions to these Areas WA

Suitability in Pots Yes with 35L+ Pot

Water Requirements Drought Hardy (Little Watering)

Is it a Dwarf Fruit Tree? Can be pruned to 2m

Time to Fruit/Flower/Harvest 2-3 Years

Sun or Shade Part (Sun:50-80%)

Preferred Soil Type Perfect Drainage (Sand/Volcanic)

Soil pH Neutral (6.6-7.3pH)

Fruiting/Harvest Months February, March, April, May, June

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Dragon Fruit - Red Reviews & Tips

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★★★★★ 11months ago


grows easy, yummy compared to the dead ones in the markets.

Potty Bob 1
★★★★★ 3y ago


So easy to grow , so much fruit ,propagates easy , self fertile Panama beauty .i have one growing along the chicken coup fence and another grows on a 10 ft support post ,like a tree , next time I will use an old bicycle tyre rim to help support the top...

★★ 3y ago


Unfortunately I haven't been able to find a full sun position and I think this is why I haven't been getting fruit. It has however started to take over the palm tree and has now climbed about 3meters. If it get's high enough with enough sun then I rea...

★★★★★ 4y ago


Mild sweet flavour, attractive red pulp. 

★★★★★ 7y ago


I have a few different pitaya, purple flesh (Rixford), purple flesh (Aztec Gem), white flesh and the yellow all on my trellis in the photo. I also have a Trish Red in the front yard more for ornamental purposes growing up an old tree stump.All grown fr...

★★★★★ 7y ago

Berowra, NSW, Australia

I've found making cuttings that sprout new shoots so easy here in this temperature in northern sydney. 

★★★★ 8y ago


Love the flowers and fruit.

★★★ 10y ago

ST LEONARDS, , Australia

Have grown this one before successfully in northern NSW, a much warmer climate..It's growing surprisngly well after planting these cuttings (30cm) in Feb of this year. Had lots of buds 5wks after potting up.Survived Winter in tunnel , no water through ...

10y ago

Ewingsdale, NSW

Pitaya - Red Dragon Fruit

Squeeze fresh lime juice over your freshly opened dragon fruit just prior to eating-Sensational.

★★★★ 11y ago

Strathpine, Qld, Australia

Yum yum yum. I have red, white and yellow growing but they are all still young so still waiting for my own fruit, and satisfying my hunger for them from the fruit shops (red only).

★★★★ 11y ago

ËIDSVOLD, QLD, Australia

great fruit to eat. Silght rose petal taste.

Arthur Spinks
11y ago

Woodridge, QLD

Pitaya - Red Dragon Fruit

The dragon frout is very nice

Healthy Life
11y ago

Center Java, IND

Pitaya - Red Dragon Fruit

Here are some health benefit from red dragon fruithttp://betterhealth.blogdetik.com/2010/12/03/advantage-of-dragon-fruit/

K.j.m.abdul Awal
11y ago

Dhaka, -

Pitaya - Red Dragon Fruit

H.polyrhizus is more tasty over H. undatus,but I like undatus because it has no natural visible color.

★★★★ 11y ago

Rangeville, QLD, Australia

My dragon fruit went into the ground during summer, planted up against a hard wood t-frame for support.  I can see the frame will never be tall enough for this plant!  The idea is to let it scramble up and then hang down.  The "stems" are reaching...

★★★★ 11y ago


Fruited in first late summer

★★★★★ 12y ago

North Turramurra, NSW, Australia

a small piece broke off so am starting it in the garden...no results yet but it is still alive

★★★ 12y ago

Clayton, VIC, Australia

Easy to grow, even a cutting with rotten end can be successfully saved by removing the rotten bit and grow again. I had one flower last yearand I noticed that the branch had the flower bending down so I have since madea proper stand for the vine to cli...

★★★ 12y ago

Elrington, NSW, Australia

Planted out on 2mtr posts with crossbars. 

★★★★★ 12y ago

Deepdale, WA, Australia

absolutely magnificent, the flower was beautiful and, magical to watch opening, it only took a few hours to open and stayed open for about 24 hours, It took about 2 months to fruit and wasnt a disappointment, the fruit was dark dark red an really tasty...

★★ 12y ago

Unanderra, NSW, Australia

Slow growing but I dont give it any attention.  Growing up the trunk of a dead tree. 

Rachel B
12y ago

Perth Wa, WA, Australia

Pitaya - Red Dragon Fruit

The flower I hand pollinated set fruit first and 2 months later we had delicious fruit. Needs plenty of watering in summer for Perth. Loves the heat though and grows so vigorously!

Mat Naztac
13y ago

Broken hill, SA, Australia

Pitaya - Red Dragon Fruit

Best grown in the drydonot water to much

Pakhorarazi Abdullah
13y ago

K. Lumpur, W P

Pitaya - Red Dragon Fruit

Planted my cutting (red variety) in proper planting location and saw tremendous growth. Lately flower buds appear but due to heavy rain they dropped. Only 2 blooms and set fruits. Use a lot of organic fertilizer,

Richard Creswick
13y ago

Virginia, NT, Australia

Pitaya - Red Dragon Fruit

I got my plant several years ago. It is fruiting for the first time having grown over my chook yard. My fruit are swarmed over by green ants (pollination perhaps?) They have a beard and when you can pull that out easily they are ripe.

Randey Watson
13y ago

Perth, W.A., Australia

Pitaya - Red Dragon Fruit

To patrick hamlyn, since my last entry i have done a lot more investigating and found the trick. my red dragon is a clone but is now madly producing fruit up to 750gms and so sweet. will continue to clone this variety and start to cross with white variety

14y ago

Woolloongabba, QLD, Australia

Pitaya - Red Dragon Fruit

Yes many people grow dragon fruit pitaya both the red and yellow varieties in the Sydney area

Fabiola Saxon
14y ago

Collaroy Plateau, NSW, Australia

Pitaya - Red Dragon Fruit

Can I grow dragon fruit in Collaroy Plateau (Sydney Northen Beaches) ?They are one of my favourites and I prefer to eat the, fresh, just scoop out of the skin.

Chuah Hai Chooi
14y ago

Ulu Tiram, JOHOR

Pitaya - Red Dragon Fruit

Presently dieases are the main problems,way are:keep clean,low N,good drainage system and with high soil ph 6.

Traci Hargrove
14y ago

Chicago, IL

Pitaya - Red Dragon Fruit

I just purch.bare rooted Red Dragon (Hylocereus Polyrhizus-red flesh with red skin) and the Dragon fruit (Hylocereus Undatus-red skin with white flesh.Buy portable trellis to bring indoors winter.Not Undercrosspollinate.Auto. Fruits

14y ago

Northridge, CA

Pitaya - Red Dragon Fruit

After 3 long yrs finally my red dragon Hylocereus guatemalensis has flower.

14y ago

Gold Coast, QLD, Australia, Australia

Pitaya - Red Dragon Fruit

Squeeze lime juice on to enhance the taste and serve with yoghurt

Tracee Thomson
14y ago

Federal, NSW, Australia

Pitaya - Red Dragon Fruit

I pick my fruit when it is red on the plant.The ones I couldnt get to, split. They taste so good when they sit in the fruit bowl for awhile -it is a fruit from the health gods for sure!

Darrel Todd
14y ago

Tyalgum, NSW, Australia

Pitaya - Red Dragon Fruit

My plants have fruit on them the moment, they are large,firm red, when should I pick them?

Patrick Hamlyn
14y ago

Perth, WA, Australia

Pitaya - Red Dragon Fruit

To Randey Watson, Perth: You need a different clone, ie one grown from seed not vegetatively cloned from the same parent

Fitriani Sarmita
15y ago

Semarang,indonesia, RED

Pitaya - Red Dragon Fruit

To take a good growth,we can use mix media are kompos, sand and soil with same comparation. I did it

David Grant
15y ago

Humpty Doo, NT, Australia, Australia

Pitaya - Red Dragon Fruit

Have been drying the red dragon fruit for a few years. Very popular and tastes great.

Randey Watson
15y ago

Perth, W.A., Australia

Pitaya - Red Dragon Fruit

Have a red variety but am having a lot of trouble with the pollinating.have tried by hand but flowers do not set properly.also some of the flowers go yellow then fall off. i live in western australia (PERTH)any helpful suggestions

Peter Chen
15y ago

Petaling Jaya, SELAN

Pitaya - Red Dragon Fruit

The house I am staying in was previously a rubber estate and the garden is often infested with termite. So I can't use wooden poles to provide support for the cactus. I use plastic pipes leaning against a concrete block wall

Ed Williams
15y ago

Ottawa, ON

Pitaya - Red Dragon Fruit

Yes, even eaten in Ottawa, but wrongly sold as Granadilla in my local store - leave outer petals in place, slice thinly, use as garnish, or eat and enjoy.

Peter Tan
15y ago

Malaysia, SL

Pitaya - Red Dragon Fruit

The flower is self polinate variety.

Michael Shnukal
15y ago

Tugun, QUEEN, Australia, Australia

Pitaya - Red Dragon Fruit

I have both Yellow and Red Pitaya and have NEVER needed to cross po;inate for flower/fruit set. I find thousands of ants do that for me.

Ivo Cheregati
15y ago

São Bernardo Do Campo, SP

Pitaya - Red Dragon Fruit

Pitaya looks like an alien fruit, but it is delicious!!!

15y ago

Indonesia, JKT

Pitaya - Red Dragon Fruit


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