How do passion fruit plants grow?
There are basically different growth forms in the more than 530 subspecies of the genus Passiflora. However, these are mainly perennial plants with a climbing habit that can also lignify to shrubs and trees. The impressive flowers of the passion flower can grow on the plant at different heights.
- Growing passion fruit and harvesting fruit
- The blossom of the passion fruit
- The season of passion fruit
Which location to choose for growing passion fruit?
Since the passion flower is a heat-loving plant with great growth potential, you should choose the brightest possible location for the plant. Since frost-hardy varieties are only partially winter-proof in this country, they are usually cultivated as a container plant with wintering in the house. The passion flower feels very comfortable in a sunny place on the balcony or terrace during the summer months with sufficient water supply.
How to sow the seeds of passion fruit
You can buy seeds from specialist gardeners, but then you have to clarify the edibility of the fruits of a type of passion flower using the description. But it is also possible to use the seeds from purchased fruits for sowing. To do this, the seeds must first be soaked in warm water, after which the pulp can be rubbed off them more easily. This cleaning is important because the adhering pulp can mold the seeds. The cleaned seeds can then be dried for storage or freshly sown directly in potting soil. The seeds should be covered thinly with soil, as they are dark germs.
Can passion flowers be preferred and transplanted?
When growing passion flowers, it is customary to first grow the plants on the windowsill. After the germination phase of around three weeks, it initially takes a while for the first leaves and the root network to develop well. If you want to grow Passion fruits yourself, start growing them by sowing them indoors in March or April. Then in May the plants are big enough to be planted in a larger pot outdoors when the temperatures are warm enough.
How are passion flowers propagated?
In addition to sowing, you can also propagate the passion flower by cuttings. To do this, cut off some shoot tips, each with one or two leaves and at least one sleeping eye. Then let these take root in a glass of water or in evenly moist soil.
How is the passion fruit season in this country?
There are basically three possibilities for the culture of passion fruit, these are:
- the cultivation completely in the house as a houseplant
- cultivation in a year-round tempered greenhouse
- the culture as a frost-free overwintered container plant
Some subspecies of the genus Passiflora are conditionally frost hardy to about 15 degrees below zero. Since it can get significantly cooler in this country at times, however, it is only possible to stay outdoors all year round without special weather protection.
Which soil is optimal for the passion flower?
A permeable substrate that can be upgraded with a perlite component is suitable for growing passion flowers.
Tips & Tricks
Only with really good care and the necessary conditions can a passion flower actually bear ripe fruit. If you only have one plant, you can also pollinate the self-fertile flowers manually with a brush.
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