passionfruits

Passionfruit pulp is a perfect addition to any fruit salad or drizzled on top of your favourite ice cream! Originating from South America, this gorgeous fruit grows on vigorous vines, so make sure you give them room to climb and spread – at least 2.5m high – so they’re ideal for growing up and across a pergola (good for shade summer!) or along a sunny fence.

How to grow passionfruits in a garden

  1. Choose a sunny spot with well-drained soil and a strong support structure, such as a pergola, sturdy fence or trellis. Enrich the soil with Yates Dynamic Lifter Soil Improver & Plant Fertiliser. If the soil is clay based, add gypsum and fork in well. 
  2. Dig the planting hole twice as wide and to the same depth as the root-ball. Remove the shrub from the container, gently tease the roots and cut away any circled or tangled roots.
  3. Position in hole and backfill with soil, gently firming down. Form a raised or doughnut shaped ring of soil around the outer edge of the plant's root zone. This helps keep water where it's needed.  Always water in well after planting to settle the soil around the roots and keep the soil moist for several weeks while the new plant establishes.
  4. Mulch around the base with organic mulch like bark chips, sugarcane or pea straw, keeping it away from the trunk.
  5. Water deeply, once or twice a week, depending on weather conditions.
  6. Ensure the vine is well watered during spring and summer and feed twice a year in spring and autumn with Yates Thrive Natural Citrus & Fruit Organic Based Pelletised Plant Food to encourage healthy growth.

     
cut in half passionfruit
unripe passionfruit

 

How to grow passionfruits in a pot

Passionfruit can be grown in large pots as long as there is a strong support structure, such as a fence or trellis that they can grow over.  

  1. Choose a pot at least 500mm wide. Position in full sun and partially fill with quality potting mix, such as Yates Potting Mix with Dynamic Lifter
  2. Remove the shrub from the container, gently tease the roots and cut away any circled or tangled roots.
  3. Position in pot and backfill with potting mix, gently firming down. Water in well.
  4. Mulch around the base with organic mulch like bark chips, sugarcane or pea straw, keeping it away from the trunk.
  5. Water deeply, once or twice a week, depending on weather conditions.
  6. Ensure the vine is well watered during spring and summer and feed twice a year in spring and autumn with Yates Thrive Natural Citrus & Fruit Organic Based Pelletised Plant Food to encourage healthy growth.
passionfruits

Growing tips

  • If you’re having pollination issues, you can hand pollinate by taking the pollen (fluffy yellow powder) from one flower and dusting it onto the stigma (the centre of the flower). This is best done in mid-morning, when the flowers are fully open.

  • Prune in early spring, removing up to one-third of last year’s growth, but leaving the major runners on your support system.
  • Varieties includes:
    Panama Gold
    Panama Red
    Nellie Kelly,
    Banana
    Hawaiian
    Norfolk Island
    Yellow Giant

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