Dragon Fruit, Pitahaya
Hylocereus ocamponis

Family: Cactaceae (kak-TAY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Hylocereus (hy-loh-KER-ee-us) (Info)
Species: ocamponis
Synonym:Cereus ocamponis
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Category:

Vines and Climbers

Cactus and Succulents

Epiphytes

Height:

over 40 ft. (12 m)

Spacing:

9-12 in. (22-30 cm)

Hardiness:

USDA Zone 10a: to -1.1 C (30 F)

USDA Zone 10b: to 1.7 C (35 F)

USDA Zone 11: above 4.5 C (40 F)

Sun Exposure:

Sun to Partial Shade

Light Shade

Danger:

Plant has spines or sharp edges; use extreme caution when handling

Bloom Color:

Scarlet (Dark Red)

Green

White/Near White

Bloom Time:

Late Spring/Early Summer

Mid Summer

Foliage:

Succulent

Other details:

This plant is attractive to bees, butterflies and/or birds

Flowers are fragrant

Drought-tolerant; suitable for xeriscaping

Soil pH requirements:

6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)

6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)

7.6 to 7.8 (mildly alkaline)

Patent Information:

Non-patented

Propagation Methods:

From woody stem cuttings

From semi-hardwood cuttings

From seed; germinate in a damp paper towel

Seed Collecting:

Remove fleshy coating on seeds before storing

Seed does not store well; sow as soon as possible

Regional

This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:

Canyon Country, California

Modesto, California

Simi Valley, California

Jacksonville, Florida

Lakeland, Florida

Orlando, Florida

Sarasota, Florida

Wailuku, Hawaii

Harvey, Louisiana

Pikesville, Maryland

Houston, Texas

Katy, Texas

La Marque, Texas

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Gardeners' Notes:

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On Aug 31, 2014, RxBenson from Pikesville, MD (Zone 7a) wrote:

I'm raising this plant from a purchased rooted cutting, and it's three or four years old now. The plant has sprawling three-and-a-half foot stems, branching infrequently. I bring it in to a 63F room for the winter, with lower light and minimal watering.

It is in enhanced potting soil with extra peat added. The pot is large.

I check it daily and I think I may finally have flower buds! (I have posted a photograph.) It'll be time to bring it indoors in only a couple of weeks (Zone 7), so this year it'll go into the east-facing LR picture window at 70-F and remain there under full growth conditions, at least until I see if I really do have flowers... and perhaps even fruits.

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On Jun 8, 2006, Xenomorf from Valley of the Sun, AZ (Zone 9b) wrote:

There is no Foliage or Leaves in the Hylocereus genus. The stems are also Not herbaceous.