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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 Passion Fruits in Pots

Passion fruit is an excellent plan to grow in your garden and it is also a great potting plant. It will do just as well when planted in containers so long as you provide the right growing conditions including good soil, watering, good exposure to sunshine and excellent support system.

Growing Passion Fruits From Seeds
Growing Passion Fruits From Seeds

Here is a simple guide on growing passion fruit plants in pots:-

What you will need to plant passion fruit plant in containers:-

  • 5 to 7 gallon containers
  • Potting soil
  • Trellis or any kind of suitable support structures
  • Sand
  • Peat
  • Seedlings

How to do it

  • Start by filling the containers with potting soil until about half way. Use high quality potting soil with pH level ranging from 6 to 6.5. Purchase high quality potting soil or simply make your own using equal parts of sand, peat and bark or compost. By using larger pots for your passion fruit vines, you will have plenty of room to erect a larger trellis and train the plant as you wish. The potting containers should have at least a single hole for drainage.
  • Remove the passion fruit seedlings from nursery container ready for replanting. You can force release of passion fruit plant from the container by squeezing it out or simply slicing the container open using a knife or pair of scissors.
  • When replanting the passion fruit seedlings, handle them by the root ball and then set the plant on the soil on top of the potting container. Make sure the top soil on the potting container is one inch below the rim of the container. Adjust the soil in the potting container as required.
  • Now fill sides of the passion fruit plant with potting soil. Firm down the soil gently and add extra soil where required.
  • What the soil in the potting soil and ensure it is evenly moist. The water should be dripping from the drainage holes in the containers. Position the passion fruit plant in an area with full sunlight.
  • If you have purchased a trellis, position it at the back of the container. A trellis that is 5 feet high is generally quite sufficient. The trellis should be inserted carefully so as to avoid damaging the roots of the passion fruit plant. There are certain potting containers that come with a trellis that forms a part of the design.
  • Set your potting containers in full sun and watch your passion fruit plants grow.

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