Passionfruits Are Coming In Heavy

Gardening, Tropical, Uncategorized, vines

This past week my passionfruit vine has been exploding with blooms.

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It’s been just over a year since this Passiflora edulis was planted, and the rainy season just started over the past few weeks.  In a year, it has spread and taken over at least 50 feet of fence.  That’s with multiple prunings too.

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When the vine was first getting established, I fed it compost tea pretty regularly for about 6 months.  Also, lots of water and mulch around the base of the trunk.

At one point it started climbing the neighbor’s tree, and it frequently grabs onto the potted trees I have sitting next to the fence.

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If all goes well, we should be expecting tons of passionfruit over the summer.  Some of the earlier blooms already set fruit:

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Notice the gulf fritillary caterpillar in the background.

This is the “Purple Possum” variety, which is self-pollinating.  I’d recommend it for anyone in south Florida, as long as you have a good amount of fence line or a tree that it can take over.  They are very vigorous!

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Reaching for those last rays of sunlight!

Anyone else growing passionfruit? Tips, tricks, experiences?  Let us know by commenting, and sharing this post!

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