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Growing Dragon Fruit in the UK

I have decided to go on a bit of a horticultural adventure and see if I can grow Dragon Fruit right here in Blighty. I have no idea how these plants will fare, and I feel I will probably end up having to grow them indoors. But let’s see how we get on!

Dragon fruit is actually a fruiting cactus, which is already sending alarm bells ringing about its ability to be grown in the UK. Especially up in darkest Lancashire where I live, but let’s give it a go, it will be a fun learning experience if nothing else.

Getting The Plants

I managed to get my hands on some cuttings from a UK based seller on Etsy. These arrived quickly and in good health, so now all I needed to do was pot them up.

This is just a temporary arrangement to get them through winter before deciding what to do next. For now, these will be left on a windowsill above a radiator.

The Cuttings
The Cuttings

So this is how my cuttings arrived. They all seem to be in really good health, and despite me not planting them on for longer than I would like to admit they still seem in good spirits.

The Pots They Will Be In For Now
The Pots They Will Be In For Now

I haven’t done anything special with compost or anything yet. I do know there are special cacti soils available but this is just regular compost for now.

As I said before this is just temporary. I had left the cuttings in their bags for far too long and just needed to get them transplanted ASAP.

One Little Baby Cactus
One Little Baby Cactus

They have pretty much zero root structure, I know nothing about these cacti though so don’t know if this is to be expected or not.

In Its Winter Home
In Its Winter Home

Although covered in little spikes these are not hard at all so it wasn’t tough to transplant this little fellow.

On The Windowsill
On The Windowsill

So here they will sit over winter. Above a radiator in a nice warm spot with as much light as is possible.

I will then decide what to do with them come springtime.

Spring Update

So the dragon fruit have been growing away overwintering on my window sill and I have some updates for you.

Unfortunately, not all of the plants have made it, we have lost one of the dragon fruit over winter. It just seemed to wither away and I am not really sure what happened. The other two are doing really well though so let’s have a look.

The purple dragon fruit in april
The purple dragon fruit in April
The white Dragon Fruit In April
The white Dragon Fruit In April

You can see from the photos that the cacti have grown, but not massively. But at least they are growing!

Suraiya

Monday 7th of February 2022

ooh i'm so curious to see how this goes! I have a south facing flat and I'd love to try growing a dragon fruit cactus but haven't seen much about successful attempts here. Good luck :)