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Passion Fruit Growing Guide: Get High Yields From Your Passion Fruits

Passion fruits are no longer just a tropical fruit. The demand for these delicious and healthy fruits is increasing across many countries. Many consumers are discovering the benefits of these fruits and that means farmers now have a bigger market where they can sell their passion.

Passion fruits are a perennial vine and once you have planted and taken great care of the plant, you are going to harvest them for many years to come depending on your plant management.

The good thing is that the passion fruit plants can also be intercropped with many other plants such as strawberries, beetroots, onions and vegetables among others.

The most popular passion fruit cultivars are the yellow passion fruit cultivars and the purple passion fruit cultivars.

Purple Passion Fruit Varieties

Purple passion fruit varieties are suited for the altitudes of 1100m to 2500m above sea level. The purple passion fruit variety generally has a sweeter aroma. Some of the popular purple passion fruit variety include Black night, Frederick, Red Rover, Purple Giant, Kahuna and Paul Ecke passion fruit variety.

Panama Red Passionfruit
Panama Red Passionfruit

Yellow Passion Fruit Varieties

The yellow passion fruit varieties ate generally better suited for the lower altitudes like the coastal lowlands. This variety of passion fruit is hardier and grows more vigorously compared to purple passion fruit. It is relatively acidic and also has a larger diameter. The yellow passion fruit varieties are better suited for fruit extraction.

Yellow Passion Fruit Variety
Yellow Passion Fruit Variety

Since the yellow passion fruit varieties are generally more resistant to a variety of diseases affecting passionfruits, they are commonly used as a rootstock for purple passionfruit varieties during grafting and propagation.

Soil Preparation and Planting

For passion fruit growing, you need to prepare very fine soil texture. Because passion fruits are very susceptible to nematodes and other disease causing agents so the soil where you will grow your passion fruit plants should be properly sterilised.

There are very ways to sterilise the soil:-

  • Solarisation
  • You can sterilize the soil by using fumigation techniques

There are various other techniques that you can use to sterilize the soil. Check out our Passion Fruit Farming Guide and get comprehensive information on how to sterilize your passion fruit plants.

By solarisation, the soil is exposed to several hours of sunshine on a regular basis. This can be followed by adding beneficial micro-organisms on the soil or simply using compost on the soil surface. Adding beneficial micro-organisms is important because solarisation will kill everything in its path-both beneficial and harmful micro-organisms.

Grafting

Grafting offers you the best planting method to get good results from your passion fruit plants. As discussed, the yellow passion fruit forms the best root stalk for grafting your passion fruit plants, whether purple or yellow passion fruit.

The graft union should not be covered with soil to prevent the whole plant from rotting. The newly planted seedlings should then be watered adequately to allow them to sprout well.

For more comprehensive on successful passion fruit farming, check out our passion fruit farming guide.

How to Grow Your Passion Fruit Plants From Seeds

Growing your passion fruit plant is one of the most beneficial gardening ventures that you will have undertake. Apart from giving you an abundant supply of fruits that you can eat and also sell in your local organic market, growing passion fruits in your backyard is always a therapeutic and meditative experience. There is lots of beauty and spiritual calm in tending to your passion fruit plants, watching them grow and seeing the beautiful passion fruits sprouts and add vibrancy and beauty to your landscape.

Passion Fruit Seeds
Passion Fruit Seeds

The passion fruit  is vibrant and vigorous plant which with some tender loving care, will quickly sprout and fill out your spaces. The fruit in itself is highly versatile. You can use them to make smoothies and hosts of other delicious treats.

While the most popular and effective method of growing passion fruit plants is via grafting and propagation, some people may prefer or are forced to grow their passion fruit plants from seeds.

Harvesting the Seeds

To grow passion fruit from seeds, start by purchasing healthy and delicious passion fruits from the nearest supermarkets. After purchasing your big, delicious, fruity passion fruit, you need to act as quickly as possible in harvesting the passion fruit seeds. If the seeds are fresh, they will produce the fruits a lot faster.

Extracted Passion Fruit Pulp With Seeds
Extracted Passion Fruit Pulp With Seeds

Harvest the seeds by rubbing the passion fruit flesh on a piece of fabric. Wash the seeds and leave them out to dry for between three and four days. After they have dried, wash them again and now leave them out to dry in a shade.

Planting the Passion Fruit Seeds

Start out by planting them in a container that measures around 90 square centimetres and then transfer it out to your garden. Fill the container with a garden soil and compost mixture. Ideally, the mixture should constitute equal parts top soil, compost and sand to ensure breathability which your passion fruit plants so badly needs. Have at least 10 centimeters of the mixture in your container.

Use a stick to create furrows on the soil. These rows of little furrows or trenches are where you will plant in the passion fruit seeds. Space the furrows such that they are 5 centimeters apart. The furrows will also act as shallow drains that will prevent moisture from draining and causing the rot of your seeds and young roots.

Sowing the Passion Fruit Seeds

Now it is time to sow the seeds. Position them 1cm apart in every furrow and then cover the seeds with a thin layer of soil. After sowing the seeds, water them. Keep in mind that the soil should be moist but not flooded or drenched with water to ensure optimal germination and growth.

Once the seeds are in the soil, spray them with water occasionally to ensure the soil remains moist. The seeds will begin sprouting within 10 to 20 days after planting. After the passion fruit seedlings are 20cm to 25cm high, you can transplant them to the main planting area in your garden.

Here, repeat the same process for growing passion fruit by providing the right soil mixture, watering sparingly, applying fertiliser and providing the passion fruit plant with a climbing or support mechanism.  After transplanting, the passion fruit seedlings will take anywhere between 12 months and 18 months to begin fruiting.