Herculandia dragon fruit

Herculandia dragon fruit dragon fruit

Herculandia is one of the rarest varieties of dragonfruit. And its rarity is not due to the complexity of its cultivation, but to the fact that its taste and yields are average. Given the dozens of alternatives that are much better in terms of commercial cultivation, there is little motivation to export it beyond the borders of the country where it was bred.

So the likelihood that you’ll find cuttings or ripe fruit on sale is extremely slim.


Herculandia is a self fertile variety that does not need hand and cross pollination. Medium size fruit: 400gr. 11,0 Brix, Flavor: acid taste. Origin: City of Herculandia, Brazil.

Indoor / outdoor:Indoor & outdoor
Plant characteristic:Edible fruit
Growth habit:Climbing
Soil pH:Neutral (6.6-7.3pH)
Soil type:Loam, peat, sand, volcanic with perfect drainage
Climate:Dry, sub-tropical, temperate, tropical
Sunlight:Partial shade, full sun, part sun (50-80%)
Time to fruit/flower/harvest:
2-3 years
Fruiting / harvest months:
Between late June and mid-December
Outside color:Pink
Pulp color:White
Plants required to pollinate:1 (self-pollinating)
Watering:Drought hardy (little watering)
USDA Hardiness Zone (°F):
13 (> 60 °F)
Max height:
2-5 m - when in the ground with good conditions
Flavor:4 out of 5
Home planting:5 out of 5
Commercial planting:3 out of 5

About dragon fruit plant

Pitaia/Pitaya is the name given to the fruit of several species of epiphytic cacti of the genera Hylocereus and Selenicereus, native to regions of Central America and Mexico, and widely cultivated in Brazil and China.

The term Pitaya means “scaly fruit”. It is also known as Dragon Fruit in some languages, such as English and in Asian languages.

Since the dragonfruit plant only blooms at night (large white flowers), its flowers are one of several plants known as “nightflowers”. The ideal temperature for growing Pythias is between 14 and 32°C. These plants enjoy humid climates, but also adapt well to drier climates.

Dragon fruit is very rich in vitamins, minerals and oligosaccharides, the pitaia helps excellently in maintaining good health. This fruit can lower cholesterol, delay cellular aging, and regulate blood sugar levels. Omega-3 is found in its formula, which is rich in magnesium and calcium, minerals that boost the body’s immunity.


In conclusion, Herculandia is a variety for collectors or for growing at home. It is of commercial interest only to Brazilians.

Herculandia ripe dragon fruit photo


What is dragon fruit side effects?
Pitahaya is usually safe to eat, but some studies have found that some people are allergic to it. Some of the signs are a swollen tongue, hives, and throwing up. This kind of response doesn't seem to happen very often. If you eat enough red dragon fruit, it could change the color of your urine to pink or red.
Does dragon fruit make you sleepy?
Low magnesium levels may make it hard to sleep, so adding dragon fruit to the diet may help.
Can we drink water after eating dragon fruit?
Don't drink water right after eating fruits because it stops the stomach from absorbing and digesting the food, which can lead to acidity. With this, people who eat fruits feel sick and throw up. Drinking water at least an hour after eating fruits is recommended.
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