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I have a Big Boppa Passionfruit vine, and it is flowering masses, but won't set fruit. The immature fruit is yellow, before the flower opens. It is getting the same care as the other plants. Fertilizing with CK88 and granulated nitrogen, through fruitigation.
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Senjimine
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Paul says...
I have the same problem. It has grown well and has lots of flowers but has not set any fruit.

Does anybody have any ideas ?

Thanks
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Tim says...
Mine and my father in-laws Big floppa passionfruits are exactly like you have both said, both big healthy plants with plenty of flowers that don't set to fruit, they die and fall of the tree. I was given a tip on adding trace elements to the soil and leaves but all that achieved for my plant was to grow bigger and lusher with big healthy runners full of flowers. Maybe these are a sterile plant species that do not fruit. Exactly like a politician, promise alot but deliver bugger all....
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Brendan says...
Paul & Tim, have a look at the bottom of this forum, find 'Passionfruit 3', and read my recommendations. That should help. (I mention Condys Crystals, and adding 'P' & 'K', and not to overwater passionfruit).
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senjimine says...
Hi,
My son Craig has been told by an aquaintance, that the Big Boppa is self steralizing. The person he found out from, suggests it is a genetic problem! as the Boppa is a hybrid yellow. This might be true. Craig is pulling his out, and not waisting any more time and money of them. His vines are glorious, but no fruit....
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Carole says...
Hmm.. sorry to hear about the problems other gardeners have with no fruit.
My Big Boppa has produced lots of fruit - with passionfruit the size of mangos ... HUGE!!! - as yet they have not ripened - but curiousity got the better of me and I cut one open to see if it was just thick skin and no flesh!!
The fruit was very full with lots of yellow pulp - but as the fruit was not ripe, it had a rather tarty taste. I am hoping the pulp will sweeten when the fruit ripen !!!!!
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Cheza says...
My passionfruit has leaves shaped like a star with 5 lobes on each. In the past couple of years the fruit is yellow & drops off. This year some of the fruit is staying on the vine. Not sure if it will be OK though, as watching every day to see if it goes yellow and drops off. I was told because of the shape of leaves that the graft had died and the unproductive passionfruit has taken over. Giving it a bit of a chance before I pull it out. Any ideas.
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jan says...
I had the same problem. We have gum tree roots from next door but I think we have won. Sheep manure, pot ash then mushroom compost on top. Also lots of water. We have a tank and have watered every day for a few weeks, mixed with worm juice. This is starting to work.
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ant says...
In the past I have seen a number of recommandations to apply boron/borax to passion fruit to prevent them from shrinking and falling off. Any idea on dosage?
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Brendan says...
Hi Ant,
Normal dosage for boron is 30g (tablespoon), to 4.5 litres water.

I think you need some sulphate of potash to prevent fruit from shrinking & falling off.
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au0rey says...
Reading this thread just makes me wonder if my panama gold will do the same...lots flowers and no fruit...hope not!!! The vine is a very pretty sight but if it isnt going to produce edible fruits...ehhhh that's unacceptable!

Can I ask everyone here if the passionfruit vines you have, having loads flowers and no fruits...are from seeds or grafted? Thanks!
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Brendan says...
Hi au0rey,
Your passionfruit vine doesn't look too old to me, how long has it been in?

If it been in a while, spray it with a 'pinch' of Condys crystals in 9 litres of water, and a good wetting agent like Spreadmax. Spray weekly for ~ 4 weeks, that will help it flower etc.

You could also give it some Sulphate of Potash, or some liquid potash as well.

PS All my passionfruit are seedlings, and bear very well.
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au0rey says...
Hi Brendan! Keen eye! Yes it has been in the ground for only short while perhaps somewhere in late spring or early summer. Mine is from seedling, not grafted. I hope it does not give me lots flowers and no or lousy fruits. :P

Where do I buy Condys crystals? Will potash powder be good enough (I have that).

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amanda says...
Hi au0rey - I think your vine may be too young yet? As for shrinking and falling off - passionfruit need lots of water when in fruit. This also helps to make lots of pulp.
When in doubt - hand pollinate. If there is more fruit than the vine can handle it will drop some tho'.
Personally - I think a lot of vines are far too spoilt. Stick to organic fert's and complete-trace elements - I have no problems with flowering at all (vines I planted in autumn flowering now) and no problems with pollination (lots of bees and no rain) I have 5 different types of passionfruit and half are grafts and others are seedlings. They are no different with fruit production. Grafting is for disease resistance etc..
I hope this helps..

PS - keep the root run moist n shady - as they have an extensive surface feeder root system. Mine love it like this. Just keep away from the trunk a bit.
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Brad says...
Please tell me these yellow dots on my <3 month old nelly kelly isn't a virus

The plant is otherwise healthy, having reached a 1.8m top wire and now growing again after pinching out. It's growing in a fresh planting site (used to be paving).
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amanda says...
Hi Brad - always hard to tell! The leaf shape looks fine so that's a good sign. Just let it grow - you will know when you get fruit if its woodiness virus. Having said all that - my sunshine special (seedling) has woodiness virus and it does ok and the fruits are good. It's just not a very vigorous vine. The plant pathologist told me that there are different severities of the disease and sometimes u can get away with it.
Hopefully yours ok!
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Brad says...
ta Amanda. Is that pathologist, someone I could eMail? agric.wa isn't loading for me at the moment to see if there's a contact
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amanda says...
Hi Brad, send a leaf or two (I put in a snap lock bag to keep fresh) and a brief description, your email and phone No to
Pest and Disease Information Service
3 Baron Hay Court
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(free call 1800 084 881)

Probably worth it looking at your leaf. Here is a pic of mine - diagnosed as passionfruit woodiness virus. It can take a little while to get a result but follow up after a few weeks if you don't hear back.
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Brad says...
thats a suburb away, I'll see if they'll help out. thanks

Can I assume if its a virus, that it would have come from the nursery? I've not even had it 3 months.
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amanda says...
Hi Brad - I was able to return 3 more of the sunshine specials I purchased later on, as I had only had them a few weeks and they were in pots. You can try - if they have more in stock with the spots then you may be ok. If it's from Bunnings - they guarantee their plants for a year (!!) but you need the receipt.
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ant says...
Thanks for your suggestion.
My grafted panama gold, and panama reds (4 in total)are doing fine, plenty of flowers, a reasonable amount fruit. Have already picked about a dozen, they are very sweet and tasty.
I use: Liquid chicken & cow manure, sulphate of potash, some blood & bone and lately borax.
Good luck to all readers/passionfruit growers
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Araich says...
ant, how old are your panamas and how long did it take them to fruit?
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Kira says...
Hi there, We just put in two Nellie Kelly vines about a month ago but then noticed that whilst one is small but has two fruit on it, the other has the wrong shaped leaves, no tendrils, but is growing above the graft, not below. So ok what is this plant? Please email me if you have any idea? or reply. thank you.
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Dave says...
Big Boppa is self sterile for at least the 1st yr. I have been pollinating with pollen from my Panama Red. We do between 10 to 20 flowers a day. The 1st fruit has just dropped. It weighed 346 gms agaibst the ave P Red of 85gms. The circumference was 33cm compared to 22cm. Volume 855cm2 to 380cm2. % pulp 40.5 to 39.7. However it was not sweet. I am thinking of giving it a dose of sulphate of potash to see if that helps.
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kevin says...
Hi Amanda, My passionfruits are growing to a nice size but only turn green Icannot get them to brown I dont know the brand name.
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amanda says...
Hi kevin, where are u? maybe it's too early where u are. does the vine get lots of sun where it is? is it shaded at all? I am only just getting a few ripe ones now...Perth will probably be a little slower.

Is this the first crop or has this happened b4?
I had a very late flush of fruit last autumn - the vine carried the green fruit thru' winter and they ripened in spring.
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rogar says...
my friend had the same problem flower dropping off i cloned the vine and put it in my back yard and it it fruiting now don't know why but i do pollinate mannually with a brush
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kevin says...
I live in sydney, the vine started to get fruit around september.It is growing over my garden shed so it gets lots of sun
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amanda says...
Hi kevin - so what's happening to the green fruit - are they falling off? If they are staying on the vine then it should be ok - they may need a bit longer to ripen. Sydney is much cooler than where I am - I think most tropical and sub tropical fruit ripens sequentially down the coast over there too? Wonder if they are ripening in Brisbane yet?
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kevin says...
They dont fall off until the sort of start to rot.The fruit looks very healthy until then. I found a brand on the vine it says Nellie Kelly grafted black passionfruit
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amanda says...
Hi kevin..I have no idea! Do they reach full size and is the pulp is normal? Do they have mostly pith? Can u post a pic of the fruit and the leaves? (and the fruit cut in half?)
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james says...
can anybody help please. i have a vigorous nellie kelly passionfruit that i hand pollinated the myriad of flowers.All of the flowers and the flower stems started to go brown and wilt and then drop.does anybody know the reason please.
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amanda says...
Hi james - how old is the vine? When did this happen? (maybe weather too cold etc..) This is not unusual (in that it is not a disease etc) Is a black/purple nellie kellie or a panama?
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Ant says...
Hi Araich, my apologies for not answering sooner,but I have been too busy.
My Panama Gold, and Panama reds are in the second full year. Last year they produced a latge quantity of fruit, but mostly wouldn't sweeten. This year I got approx 400 to 500 fruits. Great taste, and very sweet. At present they still have perhaps 70 to 80 fruits not ripe yet, hope they will meke it to spring.
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james says...
hi amanda.
the vine is in its first year and is a black nellie kelly. maybe the cold snap was the cause. the vine itself put on heaps of growth with regular fertilising and watering.
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james says...
now i seem to have another problem on 2 of my vines. there has been no contact betweent the 2 vines but they are developing little holes in the leaves that are in some cases surrounded by a yellowish tinge. any ideas please. I will try andf get a pic and post to the site. thanx
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Brene says...
I have a black passionfruit vine and a panama red vine. Both grow very well and produce lots of flowers and fruit but all fruit is so sour you can not possibly eat it as it should be straight from the cut fruit. I fertilize and have fed sulphate of potash and pruned at the correct times.
Can someone tell me why they are so sour. Should i take the exisitng vines out and start again.
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Brendan says...
Hi Brene,
Apply Epsom Salts (sorry Amanda:-), at one handful per sq metre and water in.
That will sweeten them up :-)
May have to do that a few times.

To sweeten up the current crop, mix 1 tbsp of epsom salts with 9 litres water with a wetting agent, and spray the vine twice weekly for 4 weeks.

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Brene says...
Thanks Brendan, I will try this and see how the next crop tastes.
Also can you help me with a Lychee tree that i have had for about 3 years and is about 2ft tall. I was told they were slow growers but this is rediculous. Should i be giving it more than the fruiting tree fertilizer that it gets now.
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Brendan says...
Hi Brene,
Have you done a pH test of the soil where the lychee is growing?

I'm having great results with a fertilizer called Terra Foska Complete TE, the TE stands for trace elements :-)
If you can, buy some, and fertilize every 2 months.

Don't forget to mulch the tree out to the dripline, but keep it away from the trunk.

I'd give it some gypsum too. (under the mulch)
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Pete says...
Have been getting this on two passion-fruit vines that are less than six months old and have not yet given any fruit. This is a leaf of 'just past new growth' stage. The two features that stand out when you are looking at these leaves that have the disease is the wrinkling it causes and the effect is more on the outside edges than close to the inside vein at the beginning on most of the leaves! Does anybody know what this is and how to treat it? Thanks Pete
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Wayne says...
Hello pete
I think what you have is not a disease, just lack of nutrients.

I am far from being an expert in Passionfruit but may I suggest the plant lacks calcium for starters. If it were mine I would be giving it a good dollop of dolomite followed by some Superphosphate.

Others may have a better idea than I

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amanda says...
Looks like a passionfruit virus to me - sorry :(
There are different degrees of woodiness virus - feed it up and water well/regularly (they have shallow roots) a good cover of manure under the canopy is great.
It may overcome the worst of it - but will likely never be a rampant producer.
If you have a Govt Pest and Disease information service (like with Primary Industries or Agriculture Dept) it's a good idea to send them some leaves in a snap lock bag. The service should be free - as there are many viruses that are detrimental to horticulture industry - so they like to know about them.

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Peter says...
Masses of fruit but no flowers.
Bees are very active
tree is exploding with life and in good condition
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Peter says...
Masses of fruit but no flowers.
Bees are very active
tree is exploding with life and in good condition
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Peter says...
Sorry masses of flowers not fruit
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Wayne says...
Well done Peter
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snottiegobble says...
I have a seedling probably Nellie kelly! Mature leaves are a rich shiny green & large. New growth practically none existant mutant yellowish & curled. I am trying white oil to see if it improves. Any ideas?
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Wayne says...
Could it be an iron defeciency snottiegobble, perhaps try iron chelate and some potash with it.
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amanda says...
Hi Peter - good news! Hope the fruit turns out well for you too :) Snottie - can u post a photo of those leaves? is there any burning/browning on the edges etc, at all?
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Pauline says...
Hi everyone, I have a passionfruit growing really well, 2 years old, great leaves, lots of flowers, buds etc but the flowers appear to eventually die and fall off. I assume the fruit is in the middle of the flower. Can anyone help, can only think of potash and will go and do that. Thanks
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snottiegobble says...
Here it is Amanda. Looks like you could be right Wayne, there are burned edges on some of the mature leaves.
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peter says...
hi guys,
those three posts are above are not
mine, i have no flowers at the moment.
i have just got 50 nelly kellys staight
from them, will plant half and sell
half so i hope they go ok.

snootiegobble,
i think when wayne sees your picture
he will say that its not an iron
dificiency.
id be inclined to prune it back to a strong side shoot if it has any.
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amanda says...
Hi peter - that's a good idea - that growing tip looks a bit had it? also snottiegobble - calcium deficiency can produce these kind of symptoms - maybe a little gypsum worth a try?
Is the pH ok in that spot?
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Wayne says...
plenty of flowers vine looks great but no fruit,grafted black 2 years old, has Flowered all year but still no fruit
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amanda says...
Beautiful vine Wayne! Have u tried hand pollinating?

Bees usually go mad for the flowers - are there none where u are?
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Wayne says...
Thanks Amanda tried it 2 weeks back after reading it on here will let you know if it works
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nthnbchsmelissa says...
Hey Wayne, how has your hand pollinating gone? You need to do it every day to capture each flower. Have you tried fertilising with Sulfate of Potash? I hand pollinated this year and had success. I am now getting fruit ripening each day; I started hand pollinating on 5th October; will make sure I start earlier next year to get an earlier crop.

When you hand pollinate you will see results after two or three days as the fruit grows rapidly.

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Brendan says...
Hello Wayne,
Just realized you're not the Wayne from Mackay, no problems.
Try spraying your vine with Condys crystals. A pinch of condys in 10L of water with a 'good' wetting agent. Spray the whole vine twice a week for 4 weeks, that should 'fix' the problem.
Oh, and as Melissa says, fertilize with Sulphate of Potash as well.
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jem says...
hi i live in new south wales and i have a passionfruit vine for about 2 years and ive had lots of flowers and fruit i have 2 kinds the purple and the yellow passionfruit but there are passion fruit on it that start out green and then they turn orange and go really soft and i opened it and it has red pulp inside does anyone know what kind it is and is it edible
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Kath says...
Hi Jem,
This sounds like Passiflora caurela, which has most likely been used as a rootstock for one of your passionfruit vines. Try an image search for passiflora caerulea in google.
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jem says...
thanks kath thats wat it is i picked one off the other day but they say they dont taste to good but they are still edible.....THANKS
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Rani says...
Hi all,
Stem swelling and cracking of passion is a big problem in Sri Lanka. After this disorder,the vine beyond the affected area dies gradually. I suspect this as a nutrient deficiency. please help me to recover this problem
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Hi all,
Stem swelling and cracking of passion is a big problem in Sri Lanka. After this disorder,the vine beyond the affected area dies gradually. I suspect this as a nutrient deficiency. please help me to recover this problem
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amanda says...
Hi Rani, can you tell us a bit more? I would be thinking that it is more likely to be a fungus, virus or bacterial pathogen - made more likely by your weather there?

If you do get any fruit - what are they like? Do they have really thick skins and little pulp?
What fertilisers do you use?
How wet and humid is your weather?
Is the ground damp or often soaked?
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Rani says...
Hi Amanda,
Thanks for the quick response. We call the problem 'Stem Bulging' of passion.We can observe the problem at any stage of the crop depending on the climate. we get normal fruits but small in size. We apply NPK & Mg fertilizers.The problem is severe in Low country Wet Zone where the rainfall is high, the temperature is 25-30 C and the soil pH is below 5 and the Ca levels are low. In high elevations also we get the problem and normally we prepare the land well drained. We could not get a considerable answer from research done on insecticides or fungicides.We observed that it starts with some damage (physical or physiological).
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amanda says...
Rani - this problem may require professional advice? Do you have an agriculture/horticulture office of some kind there?

If the pH is that low and you are already adding extra Mg - then a fine lime can be used to bring the pH up. Any mechanical damage/injury will allow fungi, bacteria etc, to get in and do their work. Is it wind damage?

Anyway - this is just one possibility (from another website):

Fusarium wilt, arising from the soil-borne fungus, Fusarium oxysporium f. sp. passiflorae, can be reduced only by grafting the purple, or, better still, purple-yellow hybrids, onto the Fusarium-resistant yellow passionfruit rootstock. However, Bedoya et al. have reported that, in the zones of Palmira, Cerrito and Ginebra of the Cauca Valley of Colombia, but not in the zone of Unión, collar rot limits the life of yellow passionfruit plantations to 3 years, and they found, in inoculation experiments, that Fusarium solani produced the symptoms. The first signs are chlorosis, necrosis and defoliation; next there is splitting of the trunk and separation of the bark. The root becomes progressively discolored and red rays extend to the surface of the soil.

I am not suggesting this is the problem - it is just one example of trunk-splitting.

This one may be more useful:

Stem Bulging :
Stem bulging is a severe problem in most passion fruit cultivations. Due to this disorder either the main stem or lateral branches may get swollen or bulged and blocks the vascular system. This leads to disruption of upward flow of nutrients causing poor growth and ultimate death of vine. A coleopteran beetle larva is suspected to be causing this problem. Further work is being conducted to confirm the pest.

Control
Use of a systemic insecticide (Furaden, Marshal, Reagent) after plating & before flowering may help to control this problem.

(link: http://www.agridept.gov.lk/more.php?morelink=Crop%20management%20&pagelink=Passion%20fruit&heading=)


You really need to contact a horticulture expert and maybe get some testing done.
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Rani says...
Amanda
Thanks for information. I'll try to find out solutions and let you know what I find.
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amanda says...
Two dead passionfruit vines this summer - due to a root nematode infestation...another two not looking good (all grafted varieties so far) :(((
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snottiegobble says...
Thats no good Amanda. I think my garden tomatoes & strawberries had the same problem ( the neighbour told me last year they couldnt grow tomatoes).
Anyway i have been given a packet of Diggers Mustard Bio Fumigant which is sown pretty thickly & then dug in before flowering. It is supposed to control nematodes & fusarium. Maybe that is worth a try. As it is for 20sq metres & 37000 seeds I could send some up?
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amanda says...
Thanks S.Gobble - but I am easing up this year! :) I have finally got some seed envelopes to send u and Jantina your seeds! I am incredibly slow I'm afraid....LOL.
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Passionfruit says...
Hi my passion fruit vine has some leaves totally yellowing. What should I do
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Brendan says...
Too wet?
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Renee says...
Hi I have two passionfruit plants that look quite healthy and are growing etc but no flowers or fruit i bought them from woolworths about 8 months ago or maybe more i have planted them on my fence running north south in partial shade as it gets quite hot here. Have also heard alot about pot ash and condys crystals on this site but am not sure where to get them. My strawberry plants are also healthy and growing but still haven't flowered. I would prefer not to use chemicals and have mulched with cow manure and occaisionally water with dilute cow manure. I tried epsom salts diluted in water on my rockmelons recently on the advice of a friend but the whole vine died. Any organic ideas?!
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Dragonlady says...
Hi
to the person who has the spots - I read somewhere that some vines produce spots that look like a virus but are actually a deterrant for a type of butterfly. These spots actually protect the plant.
My problem is lots of flowers, lots of fruit but its all hard and woody - could it need more water??
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Nicole says...
Hi, I have lovely flowers, lots of bees, fruit starts out green then goes yellow, fruit inside a red colour. How do I get the fruit to go purple, and what is the normal colours or stages a passionfruit goes through. I have a Black Nellie Kellie passionfruit. 2nd year fruiting. Thanks heaps.
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amanda says...
Hi Nicole/Dragonlady...are u able to post a pic? Dragonlady - your vine could have passionfruit woodiness virus (not uncommon) Can u post a pic of a cut section of the fruit?

Nicole - it sounds like u may be growing the rootstock - can u post a pic of the leaf and a fruit?
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Jantina says...
Nicole, I agree with Amanda, sounds suspiciously like the rootstock. Have you tasted them?
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Nicole says...
I'm not gaim enough to taste them. I read on another site about passionfruit that the problem has something they do when grafting a passionfruit to get rid of diseases to make a stronger problem free passionfruit, and this new graft to do this is called suckering, but when they do this, the one they grafted often shows up instead of the new super passionfruit and it's called suckers. Basically I need to rip out my passionfruit and start again, the wrong graft came through. Stuff happens.
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Passion man says...
Pull it if it hasn't thrown fruit by now it won't or you could try cross pollination with another species of passion flower
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Janyce says...
I have a healthy vine with lots of flowers but few fruit. Despite using granules on the trellis and dusting the vine with anti ant powder ants are in the flowers right from when they are first forming. Is this the reason for flowers dropping from the vine.
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Passionate says...
You have probably killed off all the pollinators dusting with bifenthrin.
Ants seem to cop all the blame for all sorts of passionfruit problems. They're harmless unless you have the passionfruit ant that can devour a whole vine overnight. My vines have plenty of ants crawling along them, with good fruit set and no flowers dropping off, despite record rainfall.
Mice and/or rats: that's a different story.
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Olivia says...
Hi.... how did you go with your Big Boppa? Did you find a solution? Mine is having the same problem :(
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Olivia says...
Has anyone found a working solution for their Big Boppa problem? I'm having similar problems with masses of flowers yet the fruit isn't setting.
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Wazzbat says...
Hand pollinate maybe???
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jencat says...
I have the same problem lots of fruit but turn yelllow but we got one of the other day and it has pulp in it but it is a beautiful vine nelly kelly grafted black
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Chris says...
Sometime they like a bit of humidity in order to set.
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Dave says...
I put a note in a few years back about Big Boppa. It is self sterile and has to be hand pollinated . I use pollen from any other passionfruit but mainly from Panama Red. The flowers on my vine do not open until late afternoon so I go out about 5 pm, count the number of BB flowers and then go looking for pollen. Last year I hand pollinated 980 flowers. Many other flowers were not pollinated as the other vines had no flowers. I remove the anthers from the PR and use one anther to pollinate each BB flower. I have pollinated 69 flowers this month{5 days). This year I am having alot of shrivelled fruit. It appears that both the fruit fly and the PawPaw spotting bug are the culprits. Cut the shrivelled fruit and ahave a good look. The fruit is always tart. Hope this is of benefit
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tracy says...
My passionfruit are many and very tasty but the pith is very thick and pulp reasonably small. Is there a solution to decreasing one and increasing the other.
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Brendan says...
Hi tracy, yes, your vine is lacking potassium (potash). Try spraying with the liquid potash, say twice a week for 3 to 4 weeks. That should help.
Follow the instructions on back of bottle :-)
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amanda says...
Just to add tracy...are u able to post a pic of a cut fruit? Not to alarm you - but when a p/fruit has Woodiness Virus - this can also cause thickening of the pith/shell and little pulp.

Are the fruits nice and round and smooth? Do the leaves look healthy - or are they spotty and bunched/crinkled..?

Just worth checking - as it is not uncommon...and it's not curable.
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Roxanna says...
Hi, I have a passion fruit, and it's small size, but last year gave me a lot of fruit, but this year it seems that the leaves are yellowish color not dark green, do you think i'm watering to much, i live in California, n right now is very hot,I have a pommegranate tree, and had the same problem u r dealing with ur passion, my neighbor told me to mix some ashes with "cal"=nf. lime, calcium oxide, white alkaline substance obtained by heating calcium carbonate at high temperatures (used in building and agriculture); quicklime and apply it to the roots and since then i have eat a lot of the fruits, hope this will help
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Roxanna says...
Why do my vines flower but never set fruit?


There are several reasons for this, including:
■poor pollination. This is the main cause and can be due to bees not working the flowers (for example, during heavy rain); temperatures being too low or too high for pollination (as optimum temperatures for pollen germination are 20-35oC); or rain directly reducing the viability of the pollen (as moisture causes the pollen grains to split)
■boron deficiency
■extended periods of overcast weather, which can cause flower drop regardless of pollination problems.
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Roxanna says...
Why do my vines flower but never set fruit?


There are several reasons for this, including:
■poor pollination. This is the main cause and can be due to bees not working the flowers (for example, during heavy rain); temperatures being too low or too high for pollination (as optimum temperatures for pollen germination are 20-35oC); or rain directly reducing the viability of the pollen (as moisture causes the pollen grains to split)
■boron deficiency
■extended periods of overcast weather, which can cause flower drop regardless of pollination problems.
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Roxanna says...
Spots on fruit and leaves are usually caused by fungal diseases. The most likely causes are:
■Alternata spot
■Brown spot
■Septoria spot.
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Roxanna says...
Spots on fruit and leaves are usually caused by fungal diseases. The most likely causes are:
■Alternata spot
■Brown spot
■Septoria spot.
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Roxanna says...
Why is my fruit dropping off the vine?


Three possible reasons are:
■irregular watering
■fungal diseases
■fruit fly and severe mite damage, particularly with young fruit.
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Roxanna says...
Why do my vines flower but never set fruit?


There are several reasons for this, including:
■poor pollination. This is the main cause and can be due to bees not working the flowers (for example, during heavy rain); temperatures being too low or too high for pollination (as optimum temperatures for pollen germination are 20-35oC); or rain directly reducing the viability of the pollen (as moisture causes the pollen grains to split)
■boron deficiency
■extended periods of overcast weather, which can cause flower drop regardless of pollination problems.
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maureen says...
My passionfruit is abundant with fruit however, they won't ripen
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John Mc says...
maureen
If you are from the southern states, they will hang on over winter till it warms up and will then start to ripen.
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Sirma says...
Can someone plant passion fruit from a farm that had beans on it?
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Tab says...
In autumn this year I planted a Nellie Kelly grafted black passion fruit. It flowered in early spring and has just finished it's first crop of delicious fruit. However, now the vine looks like it is dying off with the leaves yellowing and dropping off. What should I do?
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ed from cranbourne,vic says...
Hi can i get a tip as to why my 2 nelly kelly's are not ripping, the fruit is full grown, but still green with no sign of changing purple.
the oldest fruit have been on the vines since late november last year

i have learnt to cross polinate the flowers, and that has been quite productive as the bees won't do the job

the vines are down one side of the house and get lots of mid morning to late afternoon sun,plenty of water and every 3-4 weeks get all my tea bags from my morning cups of tea( i dry out the bags then cut them open place all the leaves into the watering can with about 8 or so liters of water, then pour around both plants)

any advice would be nice, please?
i have about 15-20 passion fruit at different stages of growth aswell
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Bigbazz says...
I planted a Nelly Kelly just over a year ago and have enjoyed watching its lush foliage grow almost in front of my eyes.
In about September it became covered with about 500 flowers and after a while I realized that no fruit was setting so I tried hand pollination. By December I had no fruit and no flowers. A couple of months later a new lot of about 500 flowers grew back, and this time I watched each day as the bees did their thing. This has been going on for several weeks and the bees are still quite active. My problem is that there is still no sign of any fruit and the flowers are still falling from the vine
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BagLady says...
I have buckets full of young passionfruit vines from seeds I spat, but only two have compound leaves and the rest are simple leaved. I presumed the compound leaved plants were the females. Am I wrong?
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FionaL says...
Hello,
My passionfruit seems to have growth spurts - stop and go. Additionally, I've noted *some* of the leaves look like the picture here. Many leaves look normal.

I've applied dolamite as per directions on the bag, and some blood and bone and water regularly.

Any thoughts? Really hoping not a virus - although I did get rid of a few aphids a few weeks ago. They weren't all over, but there was a couple of areas affected.

Thank you in advance

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Birdman says...
Healthy passionfruit (Nelly Kelly) about 3 years old. Last year plenty of flowers, but NO fruit. Three flowers in Jan this year during the heatwave,but they dropped off and no fruit. No flowers since. Watering regularly, haven't fertilised since mid Oct.Keeping roots cool with mulch.
What should I do? Pull it out and start again?
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24th February 2014 9:18pm
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Boris Spasky says...
Sounds climatic in the main Birdman. Just like you and me bees prefer to stay out of 40° heat, so your flowers weren't properly pollinated.
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Birdman says...
Thanks Boris! Good move! When they next (?) flower I will be the busy bee if the buzzing ones aren't around.
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27th February 2014 4:07pm
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Oldragon says...
Flowers, no fruits. Check your vines. Do you have lots of ants all over them? Ants steal the pollen/nectar and no fruit will set. Get rid of the ants and watch the vine go crazy with fruit.
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Katherine NT
30th March 2014 11:19am
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superstar says...
I have dozens of passionfruit on my vine. I haven't tried this years fruit but last year they were terribly sour. I have 2 types growing together one lot is yellow & the other green that eventually go speckled.
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23rd June 2014 1:15pm
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JohnMc1 says...
At what stage did you pick them? They are at their sweetest when they fall from the vine. The fruit will hang on over winter and ripen up when it warms up again.
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24th June 2014 2:31pm
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superstar says...
fruit are starting to fall off now. only a few all yellow ones
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25th June 2014 3:18pm
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Oldragon says...
I don't get to pick them; they fall off before they are fully ripened.
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26th June 2014 4:06pm
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emjay1940 says...
hi,
with nematodes, try using 1 cup malt to 2 litres of water and water in with a watering can around the plants once a week.
A few years ago my mate and I were small crop growers, and had the same problems. We used malt in our fertigation tank a couple of times a week. That solved the problem.
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7th July 2014 11:26am
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RonSummers says...
Hi I have a beautiful passion fruit plant it's enormous BUT the fruits fall early and are a bit small and the skins are very cracked the taste is great from the ones that mature. has anyone got any ideas please.........Ron
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9th September 2014 1:43pm
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Bev13 says...
Cheza, the big boppa is grown from seed, not grafted, and it is self fertile or self pollinating. However, we have been hand pollinating ours and it still is not producing fruit. This is its first year, so perhaps that's the reason.
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Perth
13th March 2015 2:38pm
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Amada says...
First time to grow passion fruit. Bought seedling from Home Depot July 2014, started flowering March 2015. Not sure if it's self pollinating so I hand pollinated and so far it's working. Noticed that the leaves are getting pale, kind of yellow in the middle. Used miracle gro multipurpose fertilizer, not sure if that has anything to do with it. If anyone can help that would be great. Thank you!
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18th March 2015 9:41pm
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Amada says...
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Bigbazz says...
I planted a Nelly Kelly just over a year ago and have enjoyed watching its lush foliage grow almost in front of my eyes.
In about September it became covered with about 500 flowers and after a while I realized that no fruit was setting so I tried hand pollination. By December I had no fruit and no flowers. A couple of months later a new lot of about 500 flowers grew back, and this time I watched each day as the bees did their thing. This has been going on for several weeks and the bees are still quite active. My problem is that there is still no sign of any fruit and the flowers are still falling from the vine

This is my post from 2013 and still no success. I have in that time grown about 20 fruit from thousands of flowers, however they were yellow but pleasant to eat. I have decided to give it one more season then pull the vine out and start again. Any ideas??
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4th April 2015 10:14am
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Oldragon says...
Big Bazz, We had a similar problem until we found that ants will stop pollination. Our vines had ants running all over them. Once we got rid of the ants we got hundreds of passion fruits yeh.
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Yoda on DMT says...
How did you get rid of the ants?
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5th April 2015 11:05am
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Waterfall says...
I have had ants on mine and its never been a problem, I'd say they help with pollination just like on mango trees.

I did have trouble with birds or possibly possums eating the flowers but after I netted the vine that has stopped.
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Yoda on DMT says...
yeah, I kind of think along these lines too.

Honestly, my opinion after having grown a bunch of different vines is that some are just duds. I'm not talking about any particular variety, just some particular plants.

Seedlings always perform better, really quite a crapshoot with grafted specimens.
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Oldragon says...
Sprayed the nests
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Katherine NT
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bronwynne says...
I have tolerated vines growing amok for a year now. Lots of flowers and fruit, large and starting to go yellow. But even yellow ones have inside white/clear pulp. Wondering if they will ever mature or will go rotten first. Are some vines just duds like that? Or is it because the vines are not mature?
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12th April 2015 10:54pm
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bronwynne says...
I have tolerated vines growing amok for a year now. Lots of flowers and fruit, large and starting to go yellow. But even yellow ones have inside white/clear pulp. Wondering if they will ever mature or will go rotten first. Are some vines just duds like that? Or is it because the vines are not mature?
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Waterfall says...
Sounds like the rootstock, do the leaves have 5 prongs or 3?
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bronwynne says...
Hi Waterfall. The leaves have 3 lobes. If the fruit ever do ripen they will be big and full of pulp. I have an old vine with smaller awful looking (also yellow) fruit which is orange and tasty even when they are a bit green. They r a bit tarty but I have to get them before the bats and other critters do.
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20th April 2015 8:34pm
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bronwynne says...
Sorry folks. I was a donkey. The reason the fruit were full of clear flavourless pulp when completely yellow was that they were not in fact yellow passionfruit and so were still far from ripe. When some started turning purple I found they had tasty and pulp and juice. So I can now give some to my neighbours who have just given me lots of horse manure
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13th May 2015 1:52pm
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Bigbazz says...
Can any one identify this grey material that has infested my Nelly Kelly plant.
It appears to be doing no harm to the vine as it is healthy and while there is an hundreds of flowers I get few fruit.
I wondered if it might be snail droppings as it is found fairly thickly on the stems the leaves and on the ground below the plant.
There is no signs of other pests and I am hoping it may be the cause of no fruit.
I have hand pollinated, and seen the bees doing there work. The dozen fruit I do get each year are delicious. Plant is now 4 years old
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peter30001 says...
the larger white bit with orange dots looks like an egg sack, the smaller one
to the lower left looks like a wooly aphid. you should be able to open the eggsack with your fingers and see
whats inside.
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adelaide
8th June 2015 6:51pm
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MattD says...
Hi all,

Planted this Nelly (black) about 2 months ago. About 3-4 weeks later the leaves started to curl and "break" ?? There are no aphids on the plant, well watered, not over watered though. I have another in the yard and it's going gang-busters. I'd appreciate any ideas as how to get this sorted. Can post more photos if you need them.

Thanks

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Grandma says...
Hi
I live in Brisbane my passionfruit are still green although a couple have fallen off the vine full of pulp but tart to taste (ooo cats bum face) . Some of the fruit are as big as my palm
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Deception Bay Qld
6th June 2016 9:50pm
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Naomi74 says...
No flowers to be seen!
I have two passionfruit vines - 2.5 years old - 1 is a black passionfruit and one is a gold. Neither of them have produced any flowers, they are enormous vines and super healthy but don't seem to produce any flower buds at all. Is this an age thing? What will help them to produce flowers?
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Woodvale
22nd August 2016 4:05pm
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Bev13 says...
Hi Brad, try a handful or two of epsom salts. I always use epsom salts for abnormal yellowing of leaves.
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23rd August 2016 2:20pm
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Julie says...
Bev,when you reply to an old post, check the date. Brad hasn't posted here for years - that post is from 2010!
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26th August 2016 7:49pm
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Rhys85 says...
Hi MattD - I have the same issue but can't seem to find any answers... Did you have any luck?
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14th December 2016 1:42pm
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SueBee says...
An old remedy for ailing passionfruit is to dig a hole or place at planting and put a liver (lambs fry or beef liver) in the hole- oldies say it is the best remedy of all). Epsom salts also good.
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15th December 2016 7:49am
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MattD says...
Hi Rhys85,

Unfortunately for me I thought the best option was to pull out the vine !! I think I remember reading that it was impossible to save the plant. It would not die, just never be a healthy and happy producer. I did that mid winter. I have since planted a new Nelly, in the same position (the problem is not soil borne) and a it is thriving. I'm happy to answer any other questions if you've got them.

Matt
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15th December 2016 11:04am
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Rhys85 says...
Thanks for your reply Matt. Do you think it was Passionfruit woodiness virus? I still haven't found any other answers unfortunately. I have a few ants on it - they seem to be attracted to the two little nodes at the base of each leaf. I have one fruit on it at the moment (only had it a few months), but if leaves don't improve and fruit is not pulpy I may put it down to the virus and replace.

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MattD says...
Hi again Rhys,

Yes, that's what I believed it to be. I tried just about everything prior to putting it down to PWV as there is no way to control that other than th removal of the tree. I'm not sure where I got the virus as there were no other vines local with that virus. AnyWay, I pulled it out and stuck a new one and its thriving. Fruit all over the place. So as hard as it may be, I'd recommend to do the same, if you also believe that you have that virus. Let me know how you go sometime in the future.

Matt
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