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I have a passionfruit vine that has been in the ground about 4 months and coming along nicely. Just wondering if I need to pinch the tip out to get it to be bushier or will this happen with time.
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Maureen says...
My answer to this is just let them go, I am not a professional with these things, but on the Gold Coast, I just let them go. I have a passionfruit vine trailing over out back landing and door. It gets the western sun and very little else and we get a lot of fruit from it. If I paid a bit on more attention to it as I do to my other fruit trees etc. I would get a lot more. Maureen
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Sandy says...
I have a banana pasionfruit vine, growing along the gaage wall, is only about 2 years old, and has fruited most of the year. I have made jam out of some friut, and given away some passionfruit to our neighbours. A tip from Don Burke, use blood and bone, on them, that's all you need. I was using it before I got that advice, so it sure is right! Go try it, even on normal passionfruit, I bet you will grow heaps.
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Almac says...
It's not so much producing a bush, as a plant with one or two strong shoots as 'leaders' to the supporting frame or wires. First one leader then two, then a third.The p/fruit plant can go wild with an excessive growth of "vine" if allowed to. NOTE:PF bears fruit ONLY on the current season's wood and therefore, after laterals had borne their last fruits the growth can be renewed by pruning the unproductive laterals back to the new developing laterals, as close to the leader as possible. Pruning away the unproductive laterals, tendrils, dead laterals and dead leaves promotes a more efficient coverage of the sprays in the vines, assisting in the control of pests and diseases. The fungus Alternaria passiflora can be a problem on 'rampant' vines.
HINT. tie a small piece of that cheap green gardening wire on any piece that is fruiting so you can recognise it for pruning later on when the fruit is removed.
Be sure to keep the trunk cleared at ground level or it can rot / become infected with fungii / attacked by eg slaters and you will lose the lot very quickly.
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Sandy says...
ok, thanks for that good advice.
Will try it , soon. I had heaps of passionfruit, and made jam out of excess.
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