At a glance
Ease of culture: moderate
Best climate: widely adaptable, but dislikes frost
When to plant: spring most areas, dry season in tropics
First harvest: 6-12 months
Prune: Late winter/early spring
The Position of Your Passion Fruit Plants
Passion fruits are a subtropical plant so it is necessary that they are planted in a position where they receive full sun. The plants should also be sheltered from frost and winds. The soil where the passion fruits are planted should be light and properly drained. In case you live in area with heavy soils, consider planting your passion fruit plants in containers. We advise adding in an excellent quality potting mix that has been formulated well for the containers where you plan on planting your passion fruits.
Planting Your Passion Fruit
Plant your passion fruit when all the frost has subsided. If you are living in temperate climates, the best time to plant your passion fruit would be during spring. Before you plant the passion fruit, add a slow dripping citrus fertiliser in the bottom of the hole. Make sure you firm the soil well and also water the soils well.
Watering Passion Fruit Plant
Passion fruit is a vigorous tropical plant that will develop an extensive network of root system but they won’t go very deep. The roots will be fairly shallow. Make sure you carry out frequent watering but without flooding the soil. Too much water is not advised for your passion fruit. Add a little water and to help in retaining the moisture, add some mulching at the root system. The watering should be done during the flowering and fruiting phase. When watering, keep the water from getting to the foliage so as to prevent the formation of fungal problems.
Passion fruit plants, being vigorous, are also heavy feeders. Feed them sparingly with a slow release Citrus fertiliser. During their fruiting phase, you can also feed them with a liquid fertiliser.
Training and Pruning Your Passion Fruit
The passion fruit plants should be trained early on. This will allow them to create a strong framework upon which other lateral branches will sprout and bear the fruit. After planting the passion fruit vine, it is advisable to get rid of the side shoots so that you can train the main shoot or the leader towards the trellis so as to ensure excellent support.
After the growing tip has sprouted a bit, pinch out the growing tip so as to allow the sprouting of the laterals. If you live in a temperate climate, never prune during the winter. In much of South East Asia and even Australia, the best time to prune your passion fruit plants would be around October or November.
During the early pruning, you are going to lose a few flowers and possibly fruits but the passion fruit plants have a very vigorous growth so they will more than make up for any losses.
The passion fruit plants generally bear fruits in a very short period of time, on average 8 to 9 months. Your passion fruit plants will ripen from around mid summer. The passion fruit plants will be ripe when their skins turn to purple or yellow depending on the variety of the passion fruit plant. During the summers, consistent watering is also necessary so as to prevent the passion fruits from dropping off the plant prematurely. Less water for the plant will also lead to wrinkled fruits.
Passion fruit plants are fairly easy to grow if you follow the right procedures. Check out our Passion fruit farming eBook for comprehensive guidance on how to grow your passion fruit plants. You can order your copy.
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- A passion fruit farming business plan
- The right conditions to grow your passion fruit
- How to prepare the soils for passion fruit growing
- The right passion fruit varieties to grow in your region
- How to grow passion fruit seeds and get optimal germination
- How to carry out passion fruit grafting and propagation
- How to irrigate your passion fruit
- How your passion fruits will come into production
- How to pollinate your passion fruits
- How to boost the yield your passion fruit
- Which fertilisers to apply on your passion fruits
- How much fertiliser to apply on your passion fruit plants
- Passion fruit plant husbandry for optimal production
- Passion fruit pests and diseases and how to control them for the best productivity
- How to harvest your passion fruit
- How to store and transport your passion fruits
- How to market your passion fruit
- What is required to export your passion fruit
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