Why Is My Blue Dragon Fruit Plant Dying? Tips for Rescuing Your Dying Hylocereus Plant

The blue dragon fruit is not only a rare exotic plant, but it also bears a delicious fruit that is rich in nutrients and antioxidants. It’s not for everyone; you may not have the climate or the space, but for those who have the right balance of both, this cactus is a dream come true.

But, if your pitaya plant is dying, you might be feeling more like you’re in a nightmare. Fortunately, there are many steps we can take to try to nurse it back to life.

A Blue Dragon Fruit Plant Is a Great Choice for Your Home or Office

A Blue Dragon Fruit Plant Is a Great Choice for Your Home or Office

Native to Central America and the southern regions of Mexico, this fruit-bearing cactus is a sun lover. It will grow up to 20 feet tall given the right conditions, and out to 10 feet wide, spreading its long branches outward, arching toward the ground.

Once established, it will take a year to actually bear fruit, but once it does, it can live up to 20 years. All you have to do is give it enough light, water, and the right soil.

First, you’ll see big, white blossoms around late spring, and those fragrant flowers will ultimately give way to fresh and healthy dragon fruit. Because it is not frost-resistant, the blue dragon fruit may die if the temperature reaches below 32 degrees Fahrenheit.

If you live in the northern regions of the United States, you might want to consider growing this cactus indoors, or at the very least moving it indoors for the winter.

Signs of a Dying Blue Dragon Fruit Plant

The most obvious signs of a dying blue dragon fruit plant are as follows:

  • Mushy stems
  • Discolored leaves
  • Dropping leaves
  • Scorched leaves
  • Soggy soil

Common Causes of a Dying Blue Dragon Fruit Plant

The most common causes of a dying blue dragon fruit plant include:

  • Too much direct sunlight
  • Too much water
  • Not enough light
  • Not enough water
  • Not enough humidity

Watering Needs of a Blue Dragon Fruit Plant

The blue dragon fruit plant is a classic cactus. It needs enough water to thrive but not so much water that it becomes soggy and waterlogged.

To read more about watering your plant, take a look at this article on watering mistakes that might be killing your plant.

Am I Underwatering My Blue Dragon Fruit Plant?

You’ll know you’re underwatering your blue dragon fruit plant if the leaves look dry and crispy and the stems stop arching and start drooping.

Restoring Water to Your Underwatered Blue Dragon Fruit Plant

If you notice the plant is underwatered, simply water the soil thoroughly to the point of saturation then allow it to dry out fully. From that point on, make sure you monitor the soil of your plant for moisture.

Am I Overwatering My Blue Dragon Fruit Plant?

The opposite issue would be that your blue dragon fruit is overwatered. In that case, you’ll notice mushy stems and leaves or yellowing leaves.

Restoring Balance to Your Overwatered Blue Dragon Fruit Plant

Bringing an overwatered plant back to life can be even more difficult. Sometimes, you can simply place the plant in more direct light near an open window or wait a bit longer in between waterings.

Other times, you’ll need to remove the root ball entirely to allow it to dry out. This will be the case if you notice root rot, which is often made clear by a strong foul odor or mold or mildew in the soil.

To perform this task, remove the root ball from the soil and cut away any rotting or mushy stems. Lay the root ball out on a screen in the sun to dry out. Once the root ball is dried, replant it in fresh cactus soil and get on a regular watering schedule.

Soil Needs of a Blue Dragon Fruit Plant

The blue dragon fruit plant wants cactus soil that does not hold moisture. You can check for sandy, loamy soil for the ideal option.

Soil Drainage Needs for a Blue Dragon Fruit Plant

The blue dragon fruit will only do well in a soil that is well-draining.

Resolving Soil Drainage Issues for a Blue Dragon Fruit Plant

If you notice the plant is sitting in water, you can add pebbles to the bottom of the pot, under the soil, to ensure water runs through, and the plant’s roots are not sitting in water.

Lighting Needs of a Blue Dragon Fruit Plant

As a native cactus from Central Mexico, the blue dragon fruit loves full sun, but not too much. Too much or too little will result in a plant with pale stems and stunted growth.

Resolving Lighting Issues for a Blue Dragon Fruit Plant

To bring lighting balance into the life of your blue dragon fruit plant, you may need to move it around a bit. You can place it closer to or farther from a big window. Another option is to add transparent curtains to help filter harsh sunlight.

Pests or Diseases that Can Cause Issues with a Blue Dragon Fruit Plant

The blue dragon fruit plant, with its luscious fruit, may attract spider mites, mealybugs, and scale. If you notice any of these unwelcome guests, spray your plant liberally with neem oil a few times a week for several weeks until the pests are completely gone.

Fake Blue Dragon Fruit Plants May Be an Additional Consideration

Fake Blue Dragon Fruit Plants May Be an Additional Consideration

Look, this plant is no easy-to-care-for fern. For many people, it will be too much upkeep. But don’t let this stop you from keeping a blue dragon fruit plant in your home or office.

A fake version of this cactus is always an option, and they can give you all the same mental health benefits as a real one. You’ll still love having this large, lovely cactus in a place of honor.

If you’re worried a fake blue dragon fruit plant is not trendy, check out my article on whether artificial plants and flowers are tacky.

Whichever way you go, live or fake, you’ll be delighted to bring a blue dragon fruit plant into your home or office. And you’ll want to keep it with you for years, maybe decades, to come.

How’s your blue dragon fruit plant doing? What are you doing to keep it alive and well? Let me know in the comments. I love to hear from my readers.

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