The dragon fruit vine produces a bud.
Flower bud initiation is tied into the moon cycle with the majority of flower bud initiation occurring around the new and full moons.
The bud matures into a flower.
The flower maturation takes 10 to 14 days from bud initiation to the flower blooming.
The flower blooms for one night.
The flowers begin opening in the late afternoon and are fully open by 10 pm. The flowers close early the next morning.
The young fruit emerges and the flower dries up.
Once the flower is pollinated, the base begins to swell and flower petals dry up.
The fruit grows and matures until ripe.
This process will take about 30 days. The fruit is ready to pick when the skin color is vibrant.