How And Where To Plant Passion Fruit
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This week, we are going to talk about how to plant passion fruit! If you have ever wanted to make your own jams or desserts with passion fruits, this article can help you out a lot!
Making sweets with passion fruits is a beautiful way to enjoy this tropical fruit. Luckily, planting your own batch of passion fruits is not too difficult or expensive, so if you are looking to add some culinary creativity into the mix, then read on!
There are two main ways to start growing your own passion fruit plants- transplanting from pot to soil bed or starting as a seedling. Both methods work similarly, but which one you choose really depends on what kind of plant you want to grow.
Choose the best place for your plant
If you are growing passion fruit as an edible crop, then you will need to know where to grow them. This article will talk about some great tips on how to plant your first batch of fruits!
Growing your own fresh berries is a fun way to increase your culinary skills while also giving back by supporting healthful crops. The trick with planting any new berry crop is finding a suitable location to grow in.
Land that receives at least 6 hours of direct sunlight per day will be ideal so that the plants can get adequate light to thrive and produce. Make sure to check out this article where we discuss more information about sun exposure and fruiting trees.
After those basics have been met, it is important to prepare the soil before putting in the seedlings. Add around one cup of organic compost to improve drainage and nutritional value of the soil.
Prepare the planting spot
The best place to grow passion fruit is in a well-lit, warm area of the garden that has lots of direct sunlight. It also needs water frequently, depending on the type of plant you have.
Double pome fruits such as passion fruits need twice as much sun exposure and moisture than normal berries do! That’s because they develop their special compound skin layer two weeks longer (the same amount of time it takes for strawberries).
When plants are thirsty or hungry, they can easily send out roots to search for both. When those roots find what they’re looking for, they’ll hook onto it and take control by sucking up all the liquid needed to survive, growth and more fruiting.
General tips: remember to never pull them up when they're dry - leave at least 2 inches under soil so they'll always know there's food underneath! Also, check out our article: how to pickle everything!.
Know the difference between male and female plants
Even though passion fruits are not a fruit, you will still want to know where to plant them! Besides having delicious taste, they are also informative.
Passion flowers contain small round seeds with special properties. These properties include helping prevent blood clotting, lowering cholesterol, and promoting oral health.
You can eat the pulp like an apple or use it in recipes. It makes a great spread like strawberry jam!
But before you plant any of these fruits, you must determine if this plant is a male or female flower.
Know the different varieties of passion fruit
Most people are familiar with how to eat fresh passion fruits, but less know about which plants we can actually dry them out and use in recipes. There are several types of dried passion fruits available and you should be aware of what each one is used for!
Passion fruits come in many shapes and sizes and grow in clusters or bunches. The color and flavor of the pulp varies as does the intensity of the flavor depending on the variety.
There are two main parts to most passion fruit – the round seeded shell called a cup or capsule and the fleshy jelly like material known as pips or seeds. Sometimes only the soft gel part is referred to as pith or skin. These terms may be used interchangeably unless otherwise specified here.
The shells taste very sweet and sometimes have textural qualities similar to that of coconut. They will usually separate from the inner parts when soaked and eaten.
Plant the passion fruit plants
Now that you have your passion fruits growing, it is time to plant them! You will want to make sure that they get adequate water and sunlight to grow well.
Passion flower roots can easily dry out so make sure to give them some extra moisture if needed. Also, try to position the seedlings in indirect light as this helps them photosynthesize and grows more quickly.
Care for your plant
Like any other houseplant, passion fruit will need to have adequate light to thrive. You can increase their exposure by using a pot with no surrounding walls or that has plastic coverings you can remove.
Make sure to water it regularly! When plants are watered properly, they produce more of the substance we want them to flourish on. These substances help keep the fruits fresh and vibrant.
When watering your passion flower make sure to leave one dry leaf area to breathe so it does not drown in its own moisture. Also, do not press down on the leaves as this could damage them slightly. Let the roots soak up the liquid and then move away slowly.
Once a week give it an extra good wash to get rid of any dirt or mould that may have formed. If there is excess green growth, cut these off to promote healthier foliage.
Harvest your fruit
When passion fruits are ripe, they can be just bitten off of the plant or snipped with a knife. If you choose to use a knife, make sure to cut slowly across the skin so that none of the pulp is wasted.
Once they are no longer sweet and tangy, it is time to discard them! They will keep in the refrigerator for up to one week if covered properly.
You can also dry fresh passion fruits by washing and drying them thoroughly. Then, put them in an oven at 250 degrees Fahrenheit (or warmer) until they are crispy and hard like a cookie. Let them cool completely before storing in an air-tight container.
These recipes and tips have been tested using Bosc pear passion fruits.
Enjoy your fruit
After you pick the fruits, let them hang so they can dry out for an hour or two before eating them. They will taste better that way!
Passion fruit is in a unique category because it’s not only delicious to eat, but also helps improve overall health. That makes it interesting to add into other recipes and ways to enjoy it.
You don’t have to just throw some passion fruit pieces onto your plate either. You can make drinks, snacks, and desserts with it. It can be added directly into foods or beverages as a garnish or ingredient.
This article will talk about where to plant passion fruit and how to grow more of this tropical beauty crop. Once you are ready, here are some tips for enjoying it.