Grow passion flower yourself - this is how you can grow your own

Grow passion flower yourself - this is how you can grow your own

Growing Passiflora from seeds

With a little luck, your passion flower will develop fruits after flowering, from which you can finally obtain seeds if the fruit ripens. Before the fruit can develop, however, fertilization is necessary, which usually has to be done by hand. To do this, use a brush to transfer the pollen from one flower to another, but be careful: some Passiflora species are self-fertile, ie no second plant is required for pollination. Other species, on the other hand, only bear fruit if pollination is carried out by a foreign passiflora. In this case, it must not be a clone of the first, as this is genetically the same and is therefore not recognized as a foreign plant. Genetic clones are obtained by propagating cuttings.

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Growing from seeds requires warmth and patience

Of course you do not need to extract the seeds from fruits yourself, you can simply buy seed sachets. Please note, however, that the ability of these seeds to germinate decreases over time and that dried seeds also take significantly longer to germinate. A lot of patience is required for passion flowers anyway, as it can take months for the seedling to emerge from the growing medium (€ 9.05 at Amazon *). Proceed as follows to grow seeds:

  • Carefully clean fresh seeds from the pulp.
  • Soak the dried seeds in lukewarm water for 24 hours before sowing.
  • Fill coconut substrate (“Kokohum”) or potting soil into small pots.
  • Press the seeds loosely - Passiflora is a light germ.
  • Moisten the seeds and soil.
  • Keep as warm as possible, temperatures between 20 and 25 ° C are ideal.
  • Place growing pots on or near a heater in an indoor greenhouse.
  • The location should be as bright as possible.
  • Always keep the substrate moist.
  • Have patience.

Propagation of cuttings is particularly easy

You don't need to be quite as patient with propagating cuttings as you do with growing from seeds - passion flowers can usually be grown very easily from cuttings. Choose young, but already mature shoots, as experience has shown that they take better roots than very young branches. A rooting hormone helps with rooting, otherwise the same applies as with the seeds: lots of warmth, brightness, moisture and patience.

Tips & Tricks

If you don't want to grow yourself but just have several passion flowers, propagation from cuttings is the better choice. Passion flowers grown from cuttings bloom faster than seedlings, which usually only bloom in the second year.