How To Grow Passion Fruit From Seeds
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Growing your own fruits and vegetables is a wonderful way to ensure you are always stocked with fresh produce. Plus, it helps reduce greenhouse gas emissions as well as saving money by not buying pre-packaged or imported fruits and veggies!
Many people begin growing their own fruits and vegetables when they start gardening, but some may find that producing your own seed takes a little longer. That’s totally fine! You don’t have to have a big garden to grow something beautiful.
There are many ways to get started planting seeds for fruit trees.
Buy your seeds
The first step in growing passion fruit is to source some seeds! You can either purchase them online or you can visit local flower shops or vegetable stores to see if they have any leftover seeds that were not sold.
It’s important to make sure that the site where you buy your seed packets has clear pictures and good reviews before buying so that you know what you are getting yourself into and whether this product will work for you.
Make sure that the area around the plant is completely dry before putting the packet away, as wet soil may cause the plants to grow more slowly or even drown the seed.
Care for your seeds
While some plants require more careful care, growing passion fruit is not too difficult! These are not hard to find seeds or foliage you can use to help grow new plants.
Most flower nurseries sell papilla (seed leaf) sets that include both the seedling’s roots and its cotyledon leaves (the two initial plant parts). This makes it very easy to learn how to grow passion fruits because you do not need to separate them from each other.
The only things you will have to purchase extra of are calcium nitrate, vermiculite, perlite, or coco powder. These additives are used in soil to aid in root development and air circulation.
If you plan to start your own garden later then make sure to test your soils pH first by adding one drop of vinegar into one cup of water and measuring what kind of color it creates. A bright yellow indicates an acidic balance which may cause your plant problems such as death.
Start your plant
The next step in growing passion fruits is to start plants! This can be done via seeds, cuttings, or transplantation. Depending on what kind of passion fruit you want to grow, there are different ways to do it.
Seeds are simply the seed material for the plant. They can come from dried pulp, thin slices, or whole berries. When planting these, make sure to cover them with soil and keep them well watered.
Cuttings are also important part of starting off a new plant. You will need to add some structure to the cutting by slicing down the middle or pulling apart the leaves. Then, soak the top half in water and place in a pot lined with plastic wrap or paper towels.
Transplanting comes after at least two weeks under both dry and wet conditions. Make sure to prepare your space and plant bed properly before doing so. Also, know when each plant needs its first drink of liquid- typically a few drops per leaf.
Grow your own passion fruits! There are many benefits to growing your own including lower costs, more variety, and free food.
Care for your plant
The next step in growing passion fruits is to care for your plant. This can be tricky at first as there are no clear instructions on how to grow them!
There are two main reasons why most people give up when it comes to starting seeds. One, they run out of seed germination medium and two, their plants do not thrive or even die.
This article will go into more detail about what kind of soil passion fruit plants need to survive and flourish, as well as some tips and tricks for starting off quickly.
Germinating the Seeds
The first thing you will want to do is make sure your pot does not have any water in it. This removes the possibility of wet roots, which could potentially start the seeds sprouting.
Next, take a small piece of paper and write down either “pear” or “gourd” along with the word “seed”. Take these three words and put them together to create an expression. For example, if the seed says cucumber then the expression would be "cucumber seed".
Now, using the tip of your index finger, push one of the seeds through the middle of the expression. At this stage, the seed is still dormant, so do not worry too much about it sticking until later.
Once it has stuck, roll the paper around the seed and stick it onto the bottom layer of dirt in your passion flower pot.
Harvest your fruit
When their fruits are ripe, pass over each plant with your hands to gently squeeze the fruit. If it is soft and spongy like a wet grape, then pull off the skin and rinse away any seeds or pieces of peel that may remain.
The thinner the skin, the earlier in the season the flower will set fruit! This helps to make sure you have enough time to grow more plants before winter sets in.
After rinsing, let dry and store in a lidded container in the refrigerator. Make sure to check every few days as they can go rotten quickly.
Store your fruit
After you wash your fruits, choose to either leave them in their original container or put them into another suitable storage bag or pot. If using an old plastic bottle as a root cellar, make sure it is very dry!
Growers often use layers of straw or newspaper under dried pots to keep the roots protected from water. You can also add several drops of bleach per cup of soil to help prevent fungi growth.
Once a week, check on your plant to see if it needs more water. Let it get just a few drips at a time until it feels slightly moist. Don’t let it sit for hours without water, as that could cause it to overdry.
And once a month, give it some direct sunlight to aid in flower production. Plants need light to produce essential oils and flowers. Add one new sun exposure every other day to avoid browning.
Tips for growing passion fruit
Now that you have your seedlings, it is time to begin planting them! You will want to make sure to grow in an area where there is adequate water and sunlight exposure.
Passion fruits need full sun exposure so they can thrive and develop properly. They also require lots of water while they are developing, especially during the germination stage. Check on your plants frequently as this plant cannot survive without enough moisture or light.
When the flower opens up, it needs around six hours of direct sunlight per day. If you live somewhere with less than 6 hours of sunshine every day, you can supplement by using an artificial lamp or grow light. Make sure to check back every few days to see if the lights must be adjusted or if the plants need to be moved to achieve best results.
Your plants should also remain undisturbed. Knead the pot slightly and try not to push any roots aside. Let the soil dry out some before adding more water, as passionfruit seeds like to soak up liquid.
Passion fruit recipes
If you are ever in need of passion fruits, there are many ways to get some! You can buy them pre-made or dried down seeds that can be rehydrated and used as a source of natural sweetener.
Many people use these seeds to make fresh passion fruit juice or dessert toppings such as cream or syrup. Others dry the seeds and then roast them which also produces a natural sugar ingredient called caramelized sugar.