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.
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.
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.