From bud to fruit, dragonfruit

Dragonfruit growing in sunny southern Florida

Dragonfruit is a cactus that needs the heat and the humidity of the tropics. On one of its stems, a bud grows. From that bud, a huge bright white flower then forms. It huge, it’s bright white to attractor its “suitor” (pollinator) on full moon nights – the bat. Once pollinated, the dragonfruit forms at the base of the flower. The flower fades as the dragonfruit grows.

Dragonfruit takes about 21 days to go from bud to flower and 30 days to go from flower to fruit.

Florida dragonfruit season – June thru December.