Grocery Store Plants: A Date With Dragonfruit
I couldn’t resist the corny title.
I have a date plant and several tiny dragonfruit cacti growing on the windowsill right now.
As you can see, I’ve got some other plants growing there as well. There’s a small orchid plant, a spider plant cutting, a mini lavender rose bush, and lilac bush cuttings.
The date plant is the one that looks like grass.
It’s very slow to grow. I’ve had it for over a year now, and it is only just now growing a middle leaf. Although, one of the other leaves is drying up, so I don’t know if that’s good or not. It will probably be years before it looks like much of anything.
To grow a date plant, just grab some unsulphured pitted dates from the grocery, plant the pits, and put them somewhere sunny. The pits take a long time to germinate, so don’t be discouraged if you still haven’t seen anything after a month. Make sure to plant several pits in case some of them aren’t viable.
The dragonfruit cacti are doing really well. I filled half of a cardboard egg carton with cacti soil and planted seeds from a grocery store dragonfruit.
There is no special procedure to follow. When you open up the fruit, you’ll see the tiny black seeds spread throughout the white flesh. Just scoop out a small amount and wipe the seeds on a paper towel to remove any residue. Plant them about half of an inch deep, water them, and put them somewhere sunny. They should come up within 1-2 weeks.
I’ve also planted cherry pits. I have no idea if they will come up or not; I did put them in the fridge for a couple of months because they need “cold stratification” to germinate, but so far nothing has sprouted. Maybe I should have put them in the freezer? I don’t know.
That’s all for today. Thanks for stopping by!