Dragon Farming in United States of America

Dragon Farming in United States of America

Dragon fruit farming is a niche agricultural practice in the United States but it is slowly gaining traction in certain regions. The fruit also known as pitaya is native to Central and South America

Southeast Asia for centuries. It is now gaining popularity in the United States due to its unique appearance and its sweet slightly tart flavor

Southern California

Southern California

The warm dry climate of Southern California is well suited for growing dragon fruit. There are a number of commercial dragon fruit farms in the region

Florida

Florida

Florida humid subtropical climate is also suitable for growing dragon fruit. However growers in Florida need to be careful to protect their crops from frost which can damage the plants

Hawaii

Hawaii

The tropical climate of Hawaii is ideal for growing dragon fruit. The fruit is a popular crop on the islands and it is also exported to the mainland United States

If you are interested in starting a dragon fruit farm in the United States there are a few things you need to consider

Climate

Climate

Dragon fruit is a tropical plant that requires warm temperatures and plenty of sunshine. It can be grown in USDA plant hardiness zones 9 through 11

Soil

Soil

Dragon fruit prefers well drained sandy soil.

Water

Water

Dragon fruit needs to be watered regularly but it is not drought tolerant