Dragon fruits overall are quite light feeders. If unfertilized however, they tend to grow more slowly. During the initial growing stage, a balanced nitrogen feed is good for the dragon fruit plant. It helps promote more root & branch growth. As it reaches flowering & fruiting, boosting up the phosphorous & potassium will help.
In some soil mix, people spread hay on the top surface. Every 6 months or so you can sprinkle a bit of chicken manure on top to help the hay decompose. As the hay breaks down, it becomes food for the plants & enriches the soil. If you have dragon fruit rinds, dried flowers or branches lying around, those are great additions to help the soil fertility too.
To increase the "stickiness" of the medium, try azomite. This material has dozens of minerals in it & helps keep vital nutrients in the soil not being washed away with watering. It can be good for long-lasting feeding.
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Some feeding ideas
Some fertilizers might have a heating property to it. Before feeding your plants, open the fertilizer bag, spread it out a bit. Don't put the feed too near the base of the tree. Space them out about 20+ inches away from the base. If possible, dilute the fertilizer & spray it around.
If the plant is young, feed it a bit less. Around 1-2 scoops will be good enough. If the plant is bigger, we can give them 3-4 scoops. You can feed it every 1-2 months.
Dragon fruits also absorb nutrients from their foliage surprisingly well. Some foliage spray may also work. Don't over-feed them with too much nitrogen because that can kill the plants. Slow time-release feed works well for this purpose.
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When flower buds are beginning to show up, we can stop the feeding & reduce the water amount. When the fruits are beginning to ripe (the fruit nourishing stage), don't feed them too much. Feeding too much at this stage causes the fruits to turn very dark green. This actually creates some tightening of the fruits & can actually slow down their growth.
For simplicity, you can break down the feeding into three times. It's good to feed before that stage arrives so the plants have some time to absorb & use the nutrients. When flowers start to turn dry & yellow (a bit like hay) on the fruits, we can begin water to keep the plants moist.
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The amount depends on how young/old the plants are. If it's about to rain, then apply the feed sooner during the third stage. As the fruits ripen, reduce the amount of food so the scales of the fruits won't turn too red. Potassium can help with fruit formation & create nice colors.
Organic homemade fertilizer
If you're looking for an organic fertilizer for dragon fruits, then check out these 3 recipes that you can make at home:
EM1 fertilizer mix utilizes the synergy of activity from the good bacteria all around us–most dominantly the lactic acid bacteria (LAB) which can be found in billions in milk or yogurt. For dragon fruit plants that usually give only 1 push a year, with some EM fertilizer mixed in, they could produce up to 4 pushes a year while still remaining strong and healthy without exhaustion. All of this is totally organic & you are using natural solutions to help with natural production. No harmful pesticides or chemicals.
Happy feeding dragons
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Responses to Readers' Questions
Can you suggest some organic Fertilizers for dragon fruit?
--> If you have dried dragon fruit flowers or dragon fruit rinds from previous season, you could throw some around the base for fertilizing. It re-nourishes the earth and is free organic fertilizer. Some growers use Real Growers Recharge, Flora Nova or Steer manure.
You could sprinkle some organic chicken manure or hay on the top soil. If you'd like, make some compost tea for the plants using molasses, bat guano, worm castings, etc. Rainwater is also a nitrogen-rich liquid fertilizer. Herbivore manure (goat, cow) are also okay because they have less of a heating property which may burn the roots.
Although there are many choices, look for the ones that are readily available at lower costs in your local area. Try some to see how the plants re-act. Alternatively, you could make your own effectively with simple ingredients (EM recipes). With good sunlight, water, fertilizer they will grow sweet fruits. And I hope this helps!
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