How To Grow Passion Fruit From Cuttings
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Growing your own fruits and vegetables is a wonderful way to preserve the harvest, as well as learn some fundamental gardening skills. Not only can you grow your own food, but you can also make delicious recipes using them!
Many people begin growing their own fruits and veggies by taking plant cuttings, which are simply strips of leaf or stem with the attached root system that are planted in soil and allowed to develop into a new plant.
Passion fruit is one of the most beautiful fruits grown during the spring season. It has long slender pods containing round juicy seeds that take around six months to mature.
But unfortunately passion fruit plants will not always bear fruit due to dry weather conditions or too much shade under taller vegetation. That’s why it is important to know how to grow passiflowers from seed!
In this article, I will show you how to germinate, grow, and care for passion flower seeds so that you may enjoy fresh berries every summer.
Create your plant tissue
The next step in growing passion fruit is creating plant tissue or “cutting” as some call it. This can be done two different ways, dry-root cuttings or wet-rooted cuttings.
Dry-root cuttings are when part of the leaf stem is removed and stored in water for several weeks until it roots. These will take longer to grow than wet-root cuttings, so they may not be appropriate for beginner gardeners who want to try their hand at cultivating fruits and vegetables!
Wet-root cuttings work much faster since there is no need to wait for the cutting to dry out. Simply soak the tip of the leaf in liquid fertilizer, then put it into soil or potting mix. Make sure to keep the top layer of soil thinned with extra watering to ensure good growth.
Which one you use depends on whether the plants being replaced have leaves that come off easily, or if you do not have access to fresh leaves.
Mix your plant tissue with rooting hormone
In the first step of growing a passion fruit plant, you will need to prepare your pot or tray for planting. You can either use an existing layer of soil in the pot as is, or make sure there’s not too much dirt left and add some more soil to fill it up.
Now that the bed is ready, you will need to choose whether to take fresh cuttings or dry seedlings to be transplanted into the garden. If taking fresh cuttings, then once the leaves start to curl and the stem starts to brown, you will have to soak them in a solution containing perlite and water. Let this mixture sit for around twenty minutes before washing off the rest of the growth material.
After cleaning the roots, carefully insert the whole length of the root tip into a small bowl filled with rooting hormone. Make sure to only stick the top half of the cutting into the liquid so as not to damage the plants fragile young leaves!
Let the plant grow slowly at its own pace in the greenhouse or outside until it has enough roots to survive being transferred into the garden. Once it does, give it several days to settle into the new environment before checking to see if it has sprouted any flowers.
Place the plant tissue in the water and let it sit
When planting your new passion fruit plants, make sure you have adequate drainage!
You can also add some soil to the mixture to ensure that the roots are covered slightly.
After this, you should place the whole thing in a pot with fresh, warm composted soil. Make sure to check out the roots every few days as they will grow down into the soil.
Take cuttings of your plant tissue
After you have gathered enough healthy leaves, begin to prepare them for next step. Now, what kind of container will work best with your plant depends on the size of the plant and your preference. You can use any type of pot as long as it is high enough to allow water to drain properly.
To take cutting, simply scrape off the soft inner layer of the leaf using a clean, sharp knife or pair of scissors. Make sure to only remove this thin layer of green flesh! Once you have scraped off all of the internal layers, put the piece in fresh water until it’s set.
Now, depending on the shape and size of the leaf, press down slightly on the top of the cuttng to help stimulate roots to grow. If the cuttting does not seem to be rooting within the given time frame, try changing the light source to see if that helps promote growth.
Put the cuttings in the rooting hormone
Now, you will need to make sure that your soil is prepared before putting your new plant in! If needed, test your soil’s pH by mixing one part of soil with one part water and check what color it becomes.
If it turns dark green or blue, then it is already pre-prepared and you can skip to the next step. However, if it is light yellowish-orange, then you must add some acid to balance out the soil.
How much acid you use depends on how strong your passion fruit plants are determined when they flower. As long as their leaves turn darker green and droop slightly, then they are developing healthy roots.
Once they perk up and grow taller than two inches, take them outside for about an hour so they get wet. Then, cover the pot with plastic wrap or rice paper to keep the humidity high.
Put the cuttings in the soil
Now that you have your plants, it is time to start growing more from here! One of the easiest ways to do this is by starting with rooting powder or “transplant ready” plantlets. These pre-grown plants are already in good shape so they will take care of you!
To grow your own passion fruits, begin by gathering some fresh green fruit. This can be done daily if necessary until the fruit is ripe enough to peel and pick. Once it is soft and browned, then add it to the transplant ready plants!
After about a week, check back to see if there has been any growth.
Keep an eye on your plant tissue
The next step in growing your passion fruit is choosing where to put your new cutting. You want to make sure that it has good air circulation and access to light, but also keep an eye on it!
As with any green plant, you need to check its tissue once a week to see if it is developing leaves. If it looks pale and limp, it may be due to lack of sunlight or poor water intake, so try to give it some more nutrition by adding some fresh soil and possibly a small amount of filtered water.
It will take at least two weeks for the plants to bear fruits, so do not worry too much if it takes longer than one month to flourish. However, you should check back every few days as this could quickly turn into a little challenge due to their delicate nature.
Check your plant tissue for roots
The next step in growing passion fruit is checking your plants for roots! Simply pick one of your cuttings that have just begun to show root growth, use clean dry hands to rinse it off, and check if it has re-grown its leaves.
If it has then you can determine whether it’s a success or not by how thickly leaved the plant is. If it looks very thin and spindly then chances are it failed to take properly and thus will need to be started over again.
On the other hand, if its leaves look more rounded and lush then it was able to grow successfully! Now you can keep harvesting those fruits and eating them up until they are no longer delicious enough to be considered so.