I have A Passion for Passiflora
I love Passiflora. More commonly known as Passion Flowers! They are so exotic and unusual. Their Blooms are often Multicolored with 2″-3″ Blooms. The vines are hearty and lush with a lovely deep green colored foliage. I have found them relatively easy to grow when I can get full gallon size plants. I have a hard time getting seeds to start however. I’m pretty sure that’s my short coming however and not the seeds !
Below are just a few of my favorites of the many varieties of Passiflora available that you can choose from.
Passion flowers are exotic looking topical plants that can actually be grown in much milder areas. There are many different passion flower plants. Some passion flowers are vines and some may be shrubs or trees. some produce edible fruits.
Passiflora Blue Velvet
Be the Envy of your Neighborhood !
With Passion Flower Vines in my yard it really stands out from the other yards in the neighborhood! I do not have any vines in my new yard at this time, but am looking foreword to filling my ample fence line with many beautiful varieties in the near future. I had several when we lived in Georgetown and they did very well. The problem, however, with Passion Vines is that Butterflies LOVE them. Why is this a problem you ask? Well…I’ll tell you.
Butterflies lay their larva on the vines and as they mature, they eat the plant! RAPIDLY ! They have hearty appetites. I have plucked them off of my plants by the baggy full! That’s the price you pay for living in the migration path of the Monarch Butterfly. There are other benefits to this, if you can imagine, clouds of Beautiful Black and Orange – fist size Butterfly’s wafting through your yard.
I did O.K. with Passion Flower Vines in Georgetown. Plucking the Larva off and using only insecticidal soap to keep my plants from being totally devoured. When we moved to Corpus Christi for a couple of years, I just gave up! I could not control them! Corpus is one of the “last chance to eat” roadside rest stops on their migration paths, both heading north and south, so they take that opportunity to fill up! Now that I’m back in central Texas I may have a decent shot at growing them again.
Sun: Passion flowers need at least 4 full hours of sunlight a day; more in cooler climates and some partial shade in the hottest areas. Plants may need winter protection in Zone 6.
Soil: The soil should be well-draining, but rich. Passion flowers grow and bloom best when the soil is kept moist. They don’t handle drought well. Soil pH can be in the neutral range, anywhere from about 6.1 to 7.5.
Some type of support is needed for the vines to grow on. It can be a trellis, a structure or another plant.
Most varieties of passion flower can be purchased as plants but seeds are usually easier to find. I find that the plants sell relatively quickly each year, especially for the more popular varieties.
Growing Passion Flower from Seed:
To save seed, allow the fruits to ripen completely. Open the pods and remove, clean and dry the seeds before storing.
Passion flowers seeds can be difficult to sprout and hybrid varieties will not grow true from seed. Start seed by soaking for 1-2 days in warm water. Viable seed will sink to the bottom of the glass. Floating seeds can be discarded.
Start seed in damp potting mix. Place seed on surface of soil and pat down, but don’t cover. They need to be exposed to light, in order to germinate.
Passion flower seeds can take weeks or months to sprout. Keep the soil moist at all times. When sprouts do appear, keep them out of direct sunlight until there are true leaves and don’t handle the plants until they are large enough to transplant.
Not all Passion Vines Produce Passion Fruit and some fruit is more sweet than others. Many varieties are better suited to jams and jellies than eating the fruit directly off the Vine.
I have heard that the passion flower was named by early missionaries because it reminded them of the crown of thorns worn by Jesus.
Overview: The genus Passiflora contains over 400 species
Passiflora Black Beauty
Passion flower, is also known as maypop because in parts of the Southeastern United States, the plants seem to ‘pop’ up in May.
Passiflora Foetida Hispangood
Passiflora are fast climbers and look great on trellises or climbing up fences. They require a fairly large pot filled with fast draining soil. They prefer moist soil, but don’t over-water them. Passion flowers need regular feeding during the growing season and prefer partial shade, though in most areas, will tolerate full sun.
Passion flowers attract bees, Butterflies and hummingbirds.
Passiflora edulis (Lilikoi)
Lori Rubin’s Notes From Georgia Vines below;
” Passiflora edulis var. flavicarpa, also known as Lilikoi, Passionfruit, and Passionvine. Passiflora flavicarpa is usually grown for its fruit, which is exceptionally sweet and delicious. My vine grew 20 feet long and produced 15 to 20 of these blossoms during the past summer. It was pretty much pest free. I keep Passiflora flavicarpa in a 14 inch pot so that I can cut it back before the winter months and bring it inside. USDA Hardiness Zones 9 to 11Unusual large white flowers with spiky crowns of violet are followed by egg-shaped, deep orange fruits. Vine will grow 20 ft. tall and benefits from hoop or trellis support. Best in full sun. Zones 8-10, but can be grown as a house or patio plant in northern areas. Potted plants.”( see more notes like these on their website).
Passiflora Quadrang 300
EXPERT ADVICE !
I am no expert on Passion Vines, they just happen to be my Fave vine! I wanted to show you how beautiful they are! When I need advice on Planting, Growing and caring for them as well as when I buy my plants, I get the expert advice from Lori Rubel over at Georgia Vines. Georgia Vines is an independent Grower, located in (Georgia, of course!).
The Rubel family has been cultivating their own stock for years and are super great at answering any questions a customer has via e-mail. They give very personal service and take great pride in the quality, health and viability in the plants and seeds they offer. (please note that this is not a compensated post other than the generosity of the Rubel Family in allowing me to use pictures from their site. all other opinions are my own unless otherwise noted).
Special thanks to the Rubel Family at Georgia Vines for the generous use off their lovely pictures! As a thank you I am including the link to their site for your convenience below.