PASSIONFLOWER CULTURE (Passiflora sp.)
Here are some general "Growing 101" tips to help with growing your new passiflora vine.
Light: Passiflora like a lot of light for good growth and blooming. Full sun is best. They tolerate shade, but will bloom less. In climates where the summers are extremely hot, afternoon shade is recommended.
Important: Your plants have been growing in a climate-controlled greenhouse. DO NOT put them into full-sun immediately after unpacking. They will need time to adjust to outside light levels, so start by putting them outside under a dense tree or other shady area for a week first.
Fertilizer: For the best bloom, avoid high nitrogen fertilizers that push vegetative growth at the expense of flowers. If you are growing your passionflowers in pots, some fertilizer will definitely help your plant do its best. Fertilizing plants in the ground is probably not necessary. Avoid fertilizing in the fall when the plant is getting ready to go dormant. Lush growth from late fertilizing could make the plant susceptible to damage from early cold weather.
Soil: Passionflowers will grow in very poor soil, but it is very important that it is well-drained. Passionflowers tend to get root rot. If they are being grown in pots, any peat-based potting soil should work fine. Also, for best growth, your plant should eventually be transplanted into a 5 gallon size pot.
Watering: Your plant will signal when it needs water, so make sure to give it plenty in the summer when it is hot. It may be helpful to spray the whole vine with water when the temperatures get past the high eighties. If the plants are being grown in the ground, deep watering less often is preferred over frequent, shallow watering. This will encourage the vine to develop a deep root system that will be more resistant to drought.
NOTE: Passilfora lutea is an herbaceous species that dies completely down to the ground every fall. Don’t become concerned, it will sprout back in the spring.
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