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Passiflora edulis

Passionfruit is part of the Passiflora (Passionflower) genus. Its scientific name is Passiflora edulis.

This vigorous climber provides gloriously sweet purple fruit in 12 months. Flowers each year on newly produces vines, prefers full sun. Self fertile flowers from mid summer. Fruit ripen from green to purple.

Glossy green leaves with beautiful large flowers easily covers unsightly fences.

Blooms appear in these approximate colours:   Dreaming indigo and   Cream and   Old mauve. When mature, blooms are roughly 10.0 cm (that's 3.9 inches in imperial) in diameter.The mature flowers take an exotic form, with an approximate petal count of 10. When ripe, fruit appear in these approximate colours:   Old mauve and   Palatinate purple. Leaves appear approximately as a   Ao green and   Dark spring green colour. It is an edible flower / fruit that typically grows as a perennial, which is defined as a plant that matures and completes its lifecycle over the course of three years or more. Passionfruit is known for its vine habit and growing to a height of approximately 3.00 metres (9.75 feet). This plant tends to bloom in early spring, followed by first harvests in late autumn. This plant is a great attractor for butterflies and bees, so if you are looking to attract wildlife Passionfruit is a great choice. Popular varieties of Passionfruit with home gardeners are Black, Nelly Kelly, Purple, Kahuna and Brazilian Round Yellow.

Brazil is believed to be where Passionfruit originates from.

Passionfruit is normally fairly low maintenance and is normally quite easy to grow, as long as a level of basic care is provided throughout the year. Being aware of the basic soil, sun and water preferences will result in a happier and healthier plant.

This plant info is provided by the myfolia gardener's wiki. All details about Passionfruit have been kindly provided by our members.

How to grow Passionfruit

  • Full Sun

  • High

Flowers on new vines each year, needs a strong climbing support. It is reasonably hardy and if exposed to the cold will die back to the ground each year. Mulch the crown deeply to protect the plant from the cold

Try to plant in a location that enjoys full sun and remember to water often. Use Zone 9 - Zone 11 as your guideline for the appropriate climate for this plant. Passionfruit needs a loamy and sandy soil with a ph of 6.5 to 7.5 (weakly acidic soil - weakly alkaline soil). Keep in mind when planting that Passionfruit is thought of as half hardy, so remember to protect this plant from frosts and low temperatures.

See our list of companion Plants for Passionfruit to see which plants you should plant in close proximity to encourage growth.

Growing Passionfruit from seed

Seed is best sown fresh, but can be encouraged to germinate by pre soaking for 48 to 72 hours in a shallow container in a warm place. It is often soaked in some fruit juice such as orange juice. Viable seed usually sinks during this time. After soaking, and planting the seed only shallowly in the compost, use bottom heat, 70-80F, and do not exclude light. Germination is variable and can take a few weeks to a few months, during which time the compost must not dry out.

Short lived seeds that are not suitable to store long term.

Soil temperature should be kept higher than 20°C / 68°F to ensure good germination.

Transplanting Passionfruit

Prefers a sunny position, with plenty of room to grow and support to climb

Ensure that temperatures are mild (minimum night temperatures should be around -7°C / 19°F) and all chance of frost has passed before planting out, as Passionfruit is a half hardy plant.

Harvesting Passionfruit

Only eat fruits that have fallen from the vine to the ground naturally.

Seed Saving Passionfruit

Seeds do not keep well and are best sown than stored

Common Passionfruit problems

These problems, diseases and pests are known to affect Passionfruit plants:

  • Woodiness Virus

  • Root rot

    Fungal diseases that cause decay and rotting of the roots and premature plant death - commonly due to overwatering and/or poor drainage.

Passionfruit Etymology

The latin ‘edulis’ means “edible”.1

Other names for Passionfruit

Passion fruit, Pasionaryia

Passiflora edulis Sims

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