Pitaya Orchard | Pitaya Fertilizer

If your soil is rich, or you added a substantial amount or compost when you initially planted the pitaya cactus plants, you likely will not need to fertilize again for several months (2-3 months before the first fertilization). However, after the first few months at the latest as the pitaya cactus plants start growing, you will need to start fertilizing regularly.


Pitaya Fertilization Guidelines: The following are guidelines for Pitaya Fertilization. Depending upon your soil conditions, your location, your climate, and a myriad of other parameters you will need to modify these general guidelines to suit your pitaya growing needs!


Pitaya Fertilization First Year: Fertilization of the pitaya cactus during the first year after planting should done more frequently than later as the pitaya cactus matures. For the first year after planting, fertilize every 8 weeks or so with with light doses of about 1/4 lb for each pitaya cactus plant of a 6-6-6 to 8-4-12 fertilizer mix (a palm mix, or mix for tropical plants will suffice) with a few % magnesium. Use of other fertilizers of similar content is acceptable of course, and your soil and growing conditions will alter your fertilizer choice as well.


Pitaya Fertilization Second and Third Years: During the second and third years after planting the pitaya cactus plant, gradually increase dry fertilizer to about 1/3 lb per pitaya cactus every two months. Use manure or compost of about 6 lbs per cactus semi-annually depending upon the richness of your base soil at your location.


Pitaya Fertilization Ongoing Years: In years after, apply you may want to increase fertilizer to 1/2 to 3/4 lbs  of fertilizer per cactus plan, using 3 to 4 applications per year. Apply manure or compost for each pitaya cactus of about 5 lbs of compost semi-annually.

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