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The Passionfruit Varieties in Australia

The main types of passionfruit that you can grow in Australia include the following:-

  • Mysty Gems
  • Sweethearts
  • Panamas
  • Nelly Kellie

Panama Red Variety

One of the commonest passionfruit varieties is the Panama Red. This is a hybrid passionfruit variety that is also quite vigorous. It has a large attractive red skin and produces large fruits. The Panama Red variety will crop heavily from Autumn to Spring.

Panama Red Passionfruit
Panama Red Passionfruit

Plant Characteristics for the Panama Red Passionfruit Variety

  • Preferred Climate: Tropical and Subtropical.
  • Water Requirements: Moderate watering
  • Preferred Soil Type: Soil with good drainage.
  • Sun or Shade: Needs full sun, 80% to 100%.
  • Soil PH: Neutral PH requirement of 6.6 to 7.3pH
  • Pollination required: Needs two compatible plants
  • Time to fruit, flower or harvest: Requires 2 to 3 years.
  • Maximum plant height: 2 to 5 metres

Panama Gold Passionfruit Variety

The Panama Gold passionfruit variety will produce a lush green foliage that can cover up to square metres in one year. The Panama Gold passionfruit varieties are generally super large, are golden in colour and have a soft skinned juicy fruit with an aromatic pulp. The Panama Gold passionfruit varieties are generally sweeter than other the black passionfruit varieties. They will produce a hundred fruit in a single season. The Panama Gold passionfruit variety should be planted in a sunny and well-drained area. They will begin flowering in spring and you can begin harvesting the fruit right from summer until autumn.

Panama Gold Passion Fruit Variety
Panama Gold Passion Fruit Variety

The Panama Gold passionfruit variety does well in warmer and frost-free growing areas. The Panama Gold fruits can be round to oval . At maturity, they are yellow in colour and have a soft and firm juicy interior that contains numerous seeds. The Panama Gold passionfruit can be eaten or juiced. It can also be mixed with other fruit juices so as to enhance the aroma.

Panama Red Passionfruit Variety

Just like the Panama Gold, the Panama Red passionfruit is also a very vigorous vine known for its attractive red skin and succulent yellow flesh. This kind of passionfruit is self-pollinating so you will not have to worry too much about manual pollination using a brush in case the fruits fail to develop in time.

Panama Red Passionfruit Harvest
Panama Red Passionfruit Harvest

The Panama Red passionfruit is generally a very hardy variety and will do well in warmer conditions as well as a host of other conditions. It is best to plant these in a west-facing wall which has rich soils along with a well aerated trellis. You will need to add plenty of water during the growing months along with mulch around the roots in order to keep the soils moist.

For fertilizers, you can use chook manure or well balanced slow-release fertilizer at least twice a year. The Panama Red passionfruit vines will begin producing the fruits by the second year and a single vine can produce up to 300 fruits at optimal production. They vines will bear large beautiful red flowers at the ends of their stalk. Once they begin producing the fruits, the passionfruites can ripen  throughout the year, giving you an all-year supply of fresh passionfruit. In colder areas, the Panama Red passionfruit will generally defoliate or die. However, it will thrive in the warmer areas that meet the minimum planting requirements.

Panama Red Passionfruit
Panama Red Passionfruit

Like the Panama Gold passionfruit, the Panama Red passionfruit is highly decorative and is best planted in a place where you can flaunt it or where you would wish to highlight a certain area in your landscape. The fruits from the Panama Red passionfruit are larger, sweet and aromatic.

The Panama Red passionfruit is known for its lush green foliage, just like its Panama Gold counterpart but the difference is that it does better in the warmer climates. Once it matures, it will give an abundance of red skinned passion fruit. These fruits are larger and juicer and, as you will notice, they are also generally quite sweet! They are sweeter than many of the other traditional passionfruit varieties. They also emit a very sweet fragrance!

The fruit for the Panama Red passionfruit will be ready 6 months after planting and you will continue harvesting the fruits throughout the year. The best condition for growing the Panama Red is warmer climate and make sure that you have planted them in a sunny position. They should be planted next to an upright structure such as a fence or trellis.

Growing Panama Red Passionfruit

As already stated, the Panama Red passionfruit will do best in warm weather and in a sunny position as well as a protected position. Like the Panama Gold passionfruit, it will also need at least 7 hours of sunshine.  The plant will need good watering. The soil should be moist but not flooded or wet.

Finally, just like in all passionfruit plants, make sure that you have provided good structure or support for the passionfruit plant.