Dragon fruit, also known as pitaya, is a tropical fruit that is becoming increasingly popular in India. While it is mainly grown in southern India, it is also possible to cultivate dragon fruit in Maharashtra.

Here are some steps for starting dragon fruit farming in Maharashtra:

1. Site selection: 

Choose a location that has good drainage and receives plenty of sunlight. Dragon fruit grows well in areas with a temperature range of 20 to 30 degrees Celsius.

2. Soil preparation: 

Dragon fruit prefers well-drained soils with a pH range of 6 to 7.5. The soil should be prepared by adding organic matter like compost or well-rotted manure.

3. Planting: 

Dragon fruit can be propagated through seeds or cuttings. Cuttings are the most common method of propagation, as they are more reliable and produce fruit earlier. Cuttings should be planted in a hole that is 30cm deep and 45cm wide. The cutting should be planted at a depth of 10 to 15cm, and the hole should be filled with soil.

4. Trellising: 

Dragon fruit is a climbing plant and needs support as it grows. Trellising should be done by erecting a pole of 2 to 2.5 meters in height and tying the plant to the pole using plastic ropes.

5. Irrigation: 

Dragon fruit requires regular irrigation, especially during the first year of growth. Drip irrigation is the most effective method of irrigation for dragon fruit.

6. Fertilization: 

Dragon fruit responds well to organic fertilizers like well-rotted manure or compost. In addition, a balanced fertilizer like 10:10:10 or 14:14:14 can be applied to the plant during the growing season.

7. Pest and disease management: 

Dragon fruit is susceptible to pests like fruit flies and mealybugs. Regular monitoring and use of appropriate pesticides is important to control pests and diseases.

With proper care and management, dragon fruit farming can be a profitable venture in Maharashtra.

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