We would like to first say, great soil is key to the success of every plant, and Dragon Fruit is not different. Spicy Exotics uses 100% composted manure. As the compost breaks down after year one we top-dress each following year. Late winter we top-dress with fresh compost and mix it, slightly disturbing the top layer of existing soil so the fresh stuff can blend with the old. Simple and easy and no guessing. This has been successful for Spicy Exotics for over 10 years growing to allow for a healthy plant and to resist diseases.
At Spicy Exotics, we found with other mixes over time lose certain micronutrients and top dressing with more soil mix does not fix the problem year after year. The mix eventually needs to be removed and replaced with fresh stuff. Not a huge chore, but if you have a lot of plants you’re looking at a weekend project. Lots of hobby growers swear by mixes, but ask them how old are their plants?
Lastly consider this, the location on where you’re growing your plant. In South Louisiana, we get rain on a regular basis. This will also have an effect on the plant. The dryer locations need to supply water and we have found, noting beats good ole rainwater, so we do not water. The only exception is during summer when a longer period of drought can happen. In summary, Cow Manure and Rain are the two simple items that have a tremendous impact on Spicy Exotics plants, and we are here to share this information with you!