Karassery (Kozhikode): Dragon fruit is the new arrival among the foreign fruits in the markets in Kerala. It is available aplenty in south eastern countries. Karassery native Ussan of Green Gardens have proved that dragon fruit can be cultivated in Kerala also.
Ussan has successfully grown dragon fruit saplings in his nursery at North Karassery. The fruit was gifted to Ussan three years ago by his friend Sajeev who works in Plantation Corporation.
The plant he nurtured is attracting people with its bright red fruits. It belongs to cactus family. The fruit weighs about 150-600 grams and sometimes upto 1 kg. A fully grown dragon plant yields fruits upto 20 years.
The plant is rarely attacked by pests. Seeds can be grown by sowing in compost or potting mixture. Seeds sprout within 11-14 days. Dragon fruit plant blooms during night. Within 30-50 days of blooming, the fruit ripens. Fruits can be harvested 5-6 times a year.