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I have moved into a unit with a very healthy passionfruit vine growing along a north fence (vine faces south) with the neighbours growing a screen of James Stirling about 8 foot high on the other side of the fence. The vine still receives lots of sun especially in the morning and afternoon but also a good bathing of sun during the middle of the day while the sun is high in the summer. It has masses of healthy leaves and is no longer than 4 years old (the age of the units). It is fence high and about 7-8 foot along the fence and about 2 foot out from the fence. It is watered frequently with tank water and has had no fertilizer since we moved in on Jan 4 2010.

The problem is it has only 2 fruit on the entire vine. There is no evidence of flowers on the vine in the recent past either. Help ??????

Chez
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21st February 2010 10:50am
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Brendan says...
Hi chez,
Your vine needs some sulphate of potash to make it bear. To speed things up, spray it with 9 litres of water, just a pinch of Condys Crystals and a good wetting agent like Spreadmax. Spray weekly for 4 weeks.

You could also give it some liquid potash around the dripline. Give it some gypsum and mulch. Keep the mulch away from the vine stem.

Passionfruit don't like too much water, depends on what type of soil it's growing in too.
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22nd February 2010 7:36am
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amanda says...
Chez - I grew vines the same way in Carnarvon (hot climate) - the vast majority of the fruit were on the neighbours side (north) - and they didn't "share" :-(
Brendans advice good - but if it doesn't work then u may have too much shade on the north side and/or the fruit may end up there.

I was under the impression that vines should be grown running north to south in cooler climates - for all day sun. I run mine east to west here as it's too hot for north-south. I still get most of the fruit on the north side though...

Hope you get on with your neighbours!? Let us know what happens?
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24th February 2010 8:49pm
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chez says...
Thanks Brendon and Amanda

I was thinking I might train it around the fence as it is close to the corner and then grow in North/South.

I will also follow up with the potash's, gypsum and mulch. I will try the spray but am curious to understand why this recipe??
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au0rey says...
Amanda, funny thing your neighbours didnt share with you when the passionfruits belong to you! Ehh I hope mine will when my vine goes over to them...I am still staring at the space and cracking my head on how to lead the vine leaders up the fence...will surely come up with something soon.
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amanda says...
Hi au0rey .. passionfruit grow beautifully into the canopy of trees - maybe u have some extra space that way.

They were really feral neighbours - I would have jumped the fence to get the fruit - if it weren't for their killer dogs! Maybe u could use lengths of wire or rope - they will follow it and then more tendrils will pile on top etc...they are very strong and tenacious.
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nthnbchsmelissa says...
heheheh; naughty neighbours not sharing your fruit!!! I hope they choked on it LOL.

I make sure my vine doesn't go "over the fence" by training all the leaders down my side of the fence.

Early in spring - I didn't get to the vine early enough some hand wandered next door, a bit of yanking fixed that and home they came!

Melissa
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25th November 2010 8:48am
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