Do you have a sunny, empty fence, and your climate's temperate or warmer?
If you don't have one already, I suggest you get one!
Tastes amazing, really productive, not an aggressive grower (and it likes a good haircut anyway)
Best of all, the fruit's ripe in late autumn/winter when there's not much fresh fruit around
It needs loads of nutrients (especially nitrogen) and moist soil at flowering time or it sulks and drops it's flowers.
Aside from that, it's indestructable for me.
Post by:leila hamaya
ALL passifloras rock!
curious which one is "black" passionfruit? dont think i know this one. is it a super large fruit (grendilla or something?)
here passiflora edulis (both purple fruited and the golden lilikoi) have a hard time in winter, and we dont get much of a winter. so far my young edulis vines are making it, barely making, but somehow still alive. i recently brought them inside as they are still in pots and werent doing so well with the freezes.
i am growing three kinds of banana passionfruit, passiflora tarminana, a red one and an "alba" = white banana passionfruit...and i am just about to start some passiflora mollissima, which is the pink banana passionfruit.
so far these are doing better than any of them....even the maypop is dying back, but i know it will come back from the roots. but these banana passionfruits are one of the hardiest and can tolerate the cold much better....my friend says they are originally from mountain climates and do best in cool weather.
Post by:leila hamaya
interesting, google gave me lots of australian and new zealand oriented stuff with a "black passion fruit" search.
so perhaps its a rather common type there, and seemed to indicate the "purple" fruited passiflora edulis.
so maybe just we call it "purple" you all call it black?
ah just curious. i want to grow every passiflora there is =)
even if thats not possible....but especially any that are possible in this climate, which is so close to being ideal for passion fruits...
which is p.edulis on p. caerulea rootstock. p. caerulea is one of the hardiest and most old tolerant, but considered the least desirable fruit....
Post by:Leila Rich
leila hamaya wrote:curious which one is "black" passionfruit?
Oops, those regional common names again!
Yip, Passiflora edulis. We had the lilikoi cultivar in Australia, but I've never seen it over here-
I think it likes it hotter than the black version.
Shame, I like it even more!
Interesting Passiflora edulis struggles in your climate;
mind you I'm close to the sea and usually only have a few hard frosts...
The vine gets all-day sun, and I'd say the wooden fence offers some frost protection.
Pink banana passionfruit Passiflora mollissima is a real problem in the NZ native bush;
the birds spread it all over the place and it gallops across the canopiy, blocking the light.
It may well be much more polite in your climate though
I hope so as it's very hardy, with tasty fruit and pretty flowers.
Many people grow the grafted cultivars, I thought because they bear heavily while really young,
rather than for increased cold tolerance, but I'm not familiar.
Post by:leila hamaya
i didnt know that the banana passion fruit was annoying elsewhere.
its far too cold in most places in the US for it to gain any traction like that.
i am in one of the warmer parts of the US, but not quite tropical...if it was just slightly warmer here in our few weeks of real winter they would be ok. but those extra cold nights for a few weeks every year get them. unforrtunately i have killed more than a dozen passionflowers =( just not making it through winter.
Maypop, p. incarnata, is everywhere wild, but its one of the only ones that can tolerate the cold, and it dies back every year and comes up from the roots.
the banana passionflower extremely rare here, and as for what i know only in cultivated gardens. there is apparently much confusion about the difference between p. molissima, and p. tarminiana. but i guess i can see why it would be so abundant there, apparently...it likes lukewarm climates a lot more than either hot or cold.
it's hard for my to think of it as an invasive though, being so beautiful, edible, nutritious, supporting butterflies and other pollinators, and growing well once established without too much fuss....
Post by:Benjamin Sizemore
I sprouted a dozen of these from supermarket fruit this past spring. Hail obliterated them and everything else in my garden, but one survived.
It is currently on the verge of taking over my spare bedroom. It looks exactly like the picture.
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