How to Prepare a Dragon Fruit Cutting for Planting

Answer

It is possible to cultivate dragon fruit (Hylocereus undatus), also known as pitaya, strawberry pear, and night-blooming cereus, as a perennial vine in plant hardiness zones 10 and 11 according to the United States Department of Agriculture. In these zones, the cactus will not be subjected to prolonged freezes that are capable of killing it. Although it is possible to reproduce dragon fruit sexually via the use of seed, plants that are developed from seed may not always give the same desired fruit and stem features as the parent plants. Therefore, taking cuttings from the stem is a common method for propagating this tropical plant. Cuttings of dragon fruit may be successfully rooted and disease issues can be reduced to a minimum if they are taken and prepared in the correct manner.

  1. Using a knife that is both sharp and clean, cut segments of dragon fruit stem that are between 6 and 15 inches long off of year-old stem parts that are located on the mother dragon fruit plant. Create a slanted pattern using the cuts. Take cuttings from the preferred mother plant as soon as the fruiting stage of the plant is through and, if at all feasible, first thing in the morning.

  2. If you so want, you may dip the cut end of the cuttings in the fungicide, quickly submerge the cuttings in a fungicide solution, or apply a wettable fungicide to the cuttings in the form of a dust or spray. You also have the option of selecting a rooting hormone powder that also includes a fungicide powder in its formulation.

  3. For the next five to seven days, the cuttings should be cured in a place that is cool, dry, has adequate air circulation, and is shielded from direct sunshine. Separate the cuts as much as possible so that they do not come into touch with one another.

  4. Immediately before to inserting the cuttings into the ground or container that has been prepared with rooting medium, dip the angled end of each cutting into the rooting hormone powder that has been provided by IBA.

    Things You Will Need

    • Knife

    • Wettable powder fungicide or fungicide solution

    • IBA rooting hormone powder

    Tip

    Cuttings taken from the younger sections of the stem will root more quickly, while older sections of the stem give a higher level of resistance to pests.

    Cuttings should only be taken from plants that are disease-free and healthy, and you should avoid utilising any parts of the stem that have any kind of discoloration.

    If you have to transfer the cuttings before you can put them in the ground or a rooting medium, you should keep them in a plastic bag or cover them in plastic wrap and keep them moist by wrapping them in paper towelling that is damp but not wet.