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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.

Passionfruit Varieties in Australia

The passionfruit is one of the most popular tropical fruit varieties with many Australians. It is strong, highly vigorous and sweet. Most importantly, it does not require any extensive management in order for you to get good yield for your passionfruit.

Panama Red Passionfruit
Panama Red Passionfruit

In order to great yield, it is important to choose the right varieties of passionfruit that grows in Australia. You must also deploy the right plant husbandry techniques that will help you get a good harvest on your passion fruit. The best place to plant your passionfruit is generally in an open area with good access to full sun and where there are no trees blocking the sun’s rays as well as any other competitive roots in the ground that will compete for the important nutrients with your plants. Due to their quick sprouting nature, passionfruits are generally very demanding on the soil where they are grown. That is why it is important to ensure that these optimal conditions are present for you to get a good harvest.

It is important that you grow your passionfruit in Australia on a structure or form of support. This will offer the requisite support for the passionfruit tendrils which tend to grow very long and will attach themselves to any form of support that they might encounter along the way.  For additional tips on the best techniques for passionfruit management in Australia, check out our Passion Fruit Farming Handbook.

What Varieties of Passionfruits are Grown in Australia?

In Australia, the most common passion fruit varieties are the grafted Panama Gold, the Panama Red as well as the Nelly Kelly Passionfruit.  The Panama Gold is known for its large fruits as well as the golden yellow skin colour. Below is a picture of the Panama Gold passionfruit variety which is grown in Australia.

There is also the Panama Red passionfruit variety in Australia. Ads the name suggests, this Australian passion fruit variety has red skin and a large fruit. The Panama  red is also grafted. Check out a picture of the Panama red passionfruit below. Both the Panama Gold and the Panama Red passionfruits will do well in tropical conditions.

For conditions such as Southern Australia, then it is prudent to go with the grafted Nelly Kelly passionfruit variety. Below is a photo of the Nellie Kelly variety of passion fruit.

When planting your passionfruites, you can use chook manure to provide the needed nourishment for your plants, especially in the first few months when they have a lot of growing to do. The best way to apply chook manure around your passionfruitv grafted plant is by scattering at about one metre around the plant. You can scatter the manure at least twice a year. Please take care not to add too much manure as this might likely hinder the formation of fruit later on.


The soil on which you are planting your passionfruit should be moist but well-drained. It is also advisable to put some mulch around the plant’s root system so as to preserve the moisture and also protect it from the harsh sunshine.


In the first year, expect the tendrils of the passionfruit vines to extend over the support system that you have provided, be it the fencing, walls, or trees. If they are growing too tall, you can nip the top buds of the passionfruit plants and they will begin growing laterally. Instead of vertical growth, they will be plenty of horizontal shoots. The plant will begin producing shoots 18 months after planting.