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Passiflora 'Karen' grafted 4" pot

An extremely showy hybrid from Passiflora breeder Carlos Ibarra.  This gorgeous flower has for its parent Passiflora parritae, one of the most highly sought passiflora of all.  The 6" flowers are electric red/pink with a dark eye in the center.  The color almost shimmers!  Lovely.  It produces yellow, edible fruit without a pollinator!  

This plant is grafted onto a more heat-tolerant rootstock.  I live in a mild climate, but have heard from other growers in hot areas that high mountain passiflora are much easier to grow for them when grafted.  Please let me know your experience in your climate.  I'm very excited about this new way to grow passiflora and would love to know you experience!

Named after Karen Torres, grand niece of the breeder.  Photos courtesy of Chuck Chan.

Subgenus: Passiflora, Supersection: Tacsonia (P. parritae x P. antioquiensis)

Light: Full sun, part shade.  There will be less flowers in part shade.  It would be good to give it afternoon shade in warmer climates.

Water: Moderate.

Soil: A wide range of soil, but it must be well-drained.

Fertilizer: A slow-release, bloom-booster type fertilizer is appreciated, but beware of using a fertilizer with too much nitrogen as it may push leaves at the expense of flowers.

Hardiness: Zone 9.




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