Potting Passion Fruit


If the circumstances are favourable, passionfruit vines may quickly take over an area by climbing neighbouring shrubs and trees and even dangling from the branches of nearby trees. Even if the vine is strangling its neighbours, it is difficult to make oneself confine the vine when it has blossoms as beautiful as those. But if you are growing passionfruit in a pot, you’ll have more alternatives – as well as more obstacles. {{!! -!! According to the Missouri Botanical Garden, the name “passionfruit” may refer to any one of several hundred different varieties of passionflower vines. Some, like the maypop (Passiflora incarnata; USDA hardiness zones 5 to 9), can grow in temperatures that are quite cold, whereas others, like the purple passionfruit (Passiflora edulis; zones 10 to 12), which is a variety of passionfruit with purple flowers but yellow fruits, require climates that are nearly tropical in order to thrive. {{!! -!! There is no clear connection between the word “passionfruit” with a passion for the fruit or any other aphrodisiacal sentiments; rather, “desire” is the English interpretation of the genus Passiflora. The passionfruit is a species of flowering plant in the genus Passiflora. However, not only because of its delicious fruits, but also because of its vining habit and tropical blossoms, this vine has widespread popularity. {{!! -!! According to the website Harvest to Table, the length of the vine may range anywhere between 30 and 40 feet. P. edulis is an evergreen plant within its growth zones, which means that it has plenty of time to run amok over a landscape and completely take over a garden to the point that it may be considered invasive. In point of fact, the University of Florida IFAS Extension classifies it as an officially invasive species; nonetheless, it is also the most showy and is one of the passionflower kinds that are treasured the most by home gardeners. Each blossom lasts barely a day, but a vine may produce hundreds of exquisite flowers, with their sensual, open centres sporting a crown of purple filaments. {{!! -!! Because it dies back every autumn, the Maypop variation, which is rather abundant in the United States’ more temperate regions, is not regarded as an invasive species. It is quite improbable that it will produce fruit that is edible in the cooler regions of its growth zones, but if it does, you should be careful to consume the seeds in addition to the flesh of the fruit. {{!! -!! Let’s go on to the next topic, which is growing passionfruit in a container. To start out, select a big container, at least 24 inches in diameter and depth, since these vines require a lot of roots to support their lush development. You will also require a sturdy trellis for the vines to cling to in order to be successful. {{!! -!! Using a combination of potting soil and compost, create a nutrient-dense soil mix for your plants. Check to ensure that the container has enough drainage holes. When you plant your vine, make sure the crown is at the same level it was when it was in the container it came in at the nursery. Mulch should be added so that moisture may be retained. {{!! -!! If you want your vine to grow swiftly and cover your trellis in only one growing season, you need be sure you train it up a sturdy support before you plant it. If you intend to bring the plant inside, you should prune the vines so that they are no longer more than one or two feet long. This will make the plant more manageable. Even while it won’t put on much growth over the winter months, it will be ready for you to take it back outdoors as soon as the weather is warm enough to meet the temperature criteria it has set for itself. Pebbles should be used in the saucer when the plant is kept inside to prevent the roots of the vine from becoming waterlogged and rotting. {{!! -!! If you want your plant to produce fruit, fertilise it on a regular basis using a mixture that is rich in potassium. This will encourage the production of fruit rather than an excessive amount of foliage growth. The book “Harvest to Table” suggests using an NPK mix of approximately 10-5-20, where the third number denotes the amount of potassium present. {{!! -!! Irrigate the plant consistently, but be sure not to overwater it. Plants that are cultivated in containers usually need an increased amount of water in comparison to plants that are grown directly in garden soil. If there is not enough water, the fruits will get shrivelled and eventually fall off. On the other hand, if your vines receive an excessive amount of water, they may suffer from root rot.

Passionfruit is a blanket term used to describe hundreds of passionflower vines, reports Missouri Botanical Garden. Some can grow in quite cold temperatures, such as maypop (Passiflora incarnata; USDA hardiness zones 5 to 9, while others require almost tropical climates, such as purple passionfruit (Passiflora edulis, zones 10 to 12), a purple-flowering variety that produces yellow fruits.

About the Vine of Passion

There is no direct correlation between the name “passionfruit” and a passion for the fruit or any other aphrodisiacal feelings; rather, “passion” is the English rendition of the genus Passiflora. But this vine is widely popular, not only for its edible fruits, but also for its vining habit and tropical flowers.

The vine can grow from 30 to 40 feet in length, according to Harvest to Table. P. edulis is evergreen within its growing zones, so it has plenty of time to romp all over a landscape and take over a garden to the extent that it can be invasive. In fact, the University of Florida IFAS Extension lists it as officially invasive, but it’s also the showiest and among the most prized passionflower varieties among home gardeners. Each flower lasts only a day, but a vine can produce hundreds of gorgeous blooms, with their sensuous, open centers featuring a crown of purple filaments.

The Maypop variety, common in colder climes in the United States, is not considered invasive, as it dies back each fall. It is unlikely to produce edible fruit in the colder parts of its growing zones, but if it does, be sure to eat the seeds along with the pulp.

Growing Passion Fruit in a Pot

Now, to get to growing passionfruit in a pot. To start off, pick a large container, at least 24 inches in diameter and depth, because these vines need a lot of roots to power their leafy growth. You’ll also need a strong trellis for the vines to cling to.

Put together a rich soil mix using a blend of potting mix and compost. Make sure the pot has good drainage holes. Plant your vine so that the crown is at the same level as it was in its nursery container. Add mulch to conserve moisture.

Your vine should grow quickly and will cover your trellis in a single growing season, so make sure you train it up a strong support. If you plan to bring the plant indoors, you can cut down the vines to about 1 or 2 feet, so it won’t be so unwieldy. It won’t put on much growth during the colder months, but it will be ready for you to take it back outside once the weather is amenable to its temperature requirements. While indoors, be sure to place pebbles in the saucer to make sure the vine’s roots don’t sit in a puddle.

Caring for Passion Fruits in Containers

If you want your plant to bear fruit, fertilize it regularly with a high potassium mix to promote fruiting as opposed to too much leafy growth. Harvest to Table recommends a mix of about 10-5-20 NPK, in which potassium is represented by the third number.

Irrigate regularly but avoid overwatering. Plants grown in containers always need more water than those growing directly in garden soil. Too little water will make the fruits shrivel, then drop. On the other hand, your vines might develop root rot if overwatered.