How to plant dragon fruit cuttings

How to best plant your dragon fruit cutting

Congratulations on the purchase of your cutting, or if you are still looking for a cutting, good luck! We have put together the best options and tips for you, so that you can get started with your own cutting and give it the most optimal conditions. Of course we all want the cuttings to produce beautiful and delicious fruits or stimulate dragon fruit propagation, hence this page about how to plant dragon fruit cuttings.


A dragon fruit plant can be planted all year round

Our roadmap for today!

Drying your cutting(s)?
Trimming the end of the cutting?
How to pot it and create the optimal conditions?

Planting dragon fruit cuttings

To help you as best as possible, we have set up a step-by-step plan for you below which you can easily follow also regarding how to propagate dragon fruit plants. Each step will be further explained by point. Since we mainly focus on cuttings and this method also requires less time, we mainly deal with how to plant dragon fruit cuttings on this page.

If something is not clear at the end, feel free to contact us, we are more than happy to help!

Is it necessary to dry your cuttings first?

Once you have bought a cutting, it is important that you let it dry for a few days (about a week) if you have cut it very recently from the mother plant, for example. Just let it air dry and don’t water it. If the cutting has been cut more than a week ago, it is best to put the cutting directly in the soil. So there is a difference on when to plant dragon fruit cuttings in the soil.

Our advice: Trim the ends of the cuttings

Depending on how you bought the cutting of course, we recommend trimming the wooden end of the cutting yourself. This ensures that the new cuttings grow better and also in order to create more surface area regarding the tender plant. Sometimes this has of course already been done by the person you bought the cutting from, so in that case you can skip this step.

How to pot it and which soil can I use best?

Keep in mind that the plant is a cactus. A cactus benefits the most from a lot of light, which also applies to the cuttings. Make sure that the cutting has a minimum of 6 hours of sunlight a day. Cuttings don’t like the cold at all. Do you live in a (sup)tropical country? Then you may be able to grow the cuttings outside. For example, we here in the Netherlands have them safely inside where we can create the optimal conditions ourselves. 🙂 Some tips from us on how to plant dragon fruit cuttings best:

Dragon fruit growing conditions

  • Make sure you place the cutting upright
  • We use some garden soil mixed with sand and wooden chips
  • On the question how often to water dragon fruit, we have a fairly simple answer. We approximately water the cuttings 1 per 2 weeks. Don’t overwater them, it could easily kill them! Make sure that to moisten the soil, but not to saturate it.
  • Dig a hole in the middle of your pot and place the cuttings inside the soil (approximately 2 to 3 inches deep). I hope this answer your question on how deep to plant dragon fruit cuttings
  • Our advice is to place one cutting into 1 pot as they need space to grow


If you bought a cutting that has not yet rooted, you can expect roots after about 2 weeks. Depending on the size in which you bought/obtained the cutting, it is recommended to repot the cutting to a large pot over time, so that the cutting has enough room to grow. Repotting takes some effort, but as soon as you carefully repot the cuttings with roots and all, the cutting will have time to develop further. Once you have reached this step, it is also important that you support the cuttings a bit more.

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Keep in mind that…

That the growing season takes place during the hottest months of the summer! Check the temperatures for your own country to find out when this applies on how to plant dragon fruit cuttings best. Your cutting will not grow during the rest of the year, but when it does grow, I can assure you, it grows rapidly. So it may be that if you buy the cuttings in the winter and still give them all the love and care that not much happens, YET! 🙂 Meaning that the cuttings need much light, doesn’t necessarily mean they also need a lot of sunlight! As a matter of fact, too much heat and sun can cause the cutting to turn out yellow. Shade cloth is your friend!

We really hoped you’d like our page regarding planting dragon fruit cuttings. Interested in how you can best grow your cuttings, or perhaps you are interested already in buying some cuttings? Have a look at our different dragon fruit colour pages and enjoy!

Frequently asked questions

frequently asked questions about how to plant dragon fruit cuttings. Find your answers to various questions below. 🙂

Yes this is possible of course! Dragon fruit plant can be kept both indoors and outdoors depending on weather conditions. Don’t forget that the dragon fruit is a cactus fruit and therefore likes heat! The plant does not tolerate the cold well. If you live in a country that has a lot to do with cold, we recommended moving the plant indoors.

We recommended to water your plant once per two weeks. Make sure that the soil is moistened but not saturated!

We recommended to put 1 plant per pot! However, if you still have small cuttings they can be in one pot all together.  You can decide to repot them once they are bigger and separate them each in 1  pot.

It can produce its fruits within 1 year already of its establishments.