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Joanna starts with ...
I recently bought two sweetheart passionfruit plants of Daleys stock and now I want to know how to grow them?
What to feed them?
How many wires do I grow them on?
How many laterals do I let them have?
thank you
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Joanna
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sternus1 says...
Joanna when it comes to passionfruit, don't over think it. Plant them in some cheapo potting mix backfill which contains citrus/fruit fertiliser (slow release). If you want to go organic, bury a whole liver beneath the plant before planting. Just let it run wild and it will do fine, they pretty much take care of themselves.

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KitschWitch says...
Good drainage will keep the vines growing well--a raised bed or mound. They are heavy feeders (manure, dynamic lifter etc are good) and organic matter e.g. compost.

Not sure how this variety goes with viruses? Some varieties only survive for a few years in which case pruning isn't necessary. The main downside of not pruning is that the vine will get bigger and bigger with the fruits on the edges. Up to you if that's a problem.

They are good on a pergola, or any kind of trellising, e.g. 10cm wire mesh.
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Joanna says...
thank you so much for your reply. Here's to happy growing. Joanna
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Joanna
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Mike Tr says...
Getting them started is easy but giving them enough space and getting them to fruit is harder.It has been trumpeted from the rooftops forever, don't overdo nitrogen fertilisers and make sure there is enough of the other macronutrients.That is if you want fruit.I am once again trying to germinate Passiflora nitida and numerous failed attemps.
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VF says...
I have a volunteer Banana Passionfruit growing in bushland at the back of my property on a steep rocky section, setting a decent amount of fruit. Leaves a bit yellow, but still growing like the blazes. Mike is right, sometimes less is more re fertilisers.
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denise1 says...
I had a purple passionfruit called Nelly Kelly that was grafted onto a rootstock and it climbed up a tree and produced hundreds of fruit every year. Ungrafted ones only last a couple or three years. The rootstock may have been banana PF or flavicarpa, and growing in rich bush soil.
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gimme says...
Nelly Kelly are now grafted onto p. Caerulea. I planted one in spring and it has covered 3 metres of fence already. It's the first time I have planted one with plenty of space to produce so I hope it lives up to its reputation.
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17th December 2013 7:15am
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denise1 says...
P. caerula hard to find in New Zealand, It is a registered weed and cant be imported or sold or grown.
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