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.
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.