How To Grow Passion Fruit In New Zealand
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Having a plant that grows passion fruit is a lovely way to show your love for nature and fruits. Plus, they are easy to take care of! There are several varieties you can choose from depending on how much control you want over the timing.
Passion flowers grow quickly because they enjoy high levels of nutrition. They also do not require large amounts of water or frequent watering, making it easier to keep up with their demands.
This article will go into more detail about different types of passion plants and what kind of control you can achieve by growing them yourself.
Choose the best location for your plant
This will depend on if you want to grow passion fruit as a hobby or if you wish to produce enough fruits to sell them. If the first option is what you intend to do, then it’s better to start with a small pot plant than a larger one so that you don’t have to invest too much money at the beginning.
As we mentioned before, growing your own food is an excellent way to save some money in the long run! And while most people buy pre-packaged dried fruits, there are plenty of recipes which call for fresh ones.
So whether you’re just starting out as a gardener or you're already a pro, these tips will help you get started quickly and easily.
Care for your plant
Like any other fruit, passion fruits require adequate water and food to grow and thrive. Luckily, there are some easy ways to do this!
The roots of most plants will survive brief periods of drought, so you can leave these plants uncovered or even place them in a pot surrounded by moss or soil. This would also help promote growth as the vines need access to moisture.
When it comes time to give your vine its next meal, make sure to choose freshly picked passion fruits over dried ones. If choosing dry fruits, be certain they have come from fresh fruits and that they are still edible.
Water your plant
This is one of the most important things for ensuring success as a passion fruit grower! If you do not have water, the plants will slowly starve to death.
Passion fruits need around five hours of direct sunlight per day along with adequate amount of water. In warm climates like those in Australia or California where winter can be spent dormant, this may pose an issue.
In these cases, you should start growing early spring so that the plants are more adapted to warmer weather. You also know what to expect from harvest season to make sure there’s enough time to prepare for it!
General tips: remember to take off your shoes before walking on any soil or pot surfaces (this must be done outside) to prevent spreading dirt and salt onto the new plants. Also, use a brush to remove loose soil and debris if possible.
Do not fertilize your plant
While natural sunlight is great for most plants, passion fruit will need some help thriving during this time of year. Because it loves bright light, a hazy or dark green house will probably be enough sun for it.
If you do decide to invest in lighting, make sure it’s very strong and direct. You can also try using cloth shades to cover the pot up if needed.
However, our best tip is definitely to avoid adding any kind of fertilizer to your passion fruit!
Many plants require a slightly acidic soil condition to thrive and passion fruit no exception. If your plant looks pale and sickly, consider whether or not there has been too much nitrogen in its growth before.
You should only add manure as a general rule unless your plant is looking healthier than it was. Make sure never to use fresh cow, horse, chicken, or fish manure as these could contain infectious agents or heavy metals that would hurt your plant.
Try different varieties of passion fruit plants
Even if you choose to stick with one type of passion fruit plant, try different cultivars. Different cultivars will require slightly different amounts of water and nutrients, so do not get discouraged when one does not grow as well as another!
Some general tips for growing any new plant is to make sure its needs are met first before adding more food. This includes giving it enough sunlight, and feeding it properly.
When planting your newly acquired passion fruits, leave an edge around the base that has no other growth coming out of it, this creates a better separation between the plant and the soil. Also, press down lightly onto the roots, making them settle into the dirt better.
Practice plant breeding
Plant breeders are individuals who develop and select offspring of plants to have specific characteristics they want. These features can be shape, color, or growth patterns, but most commonly it is a combination of both. They may also change which parts of the plant they prefer to focus on for reproduction.
By manipulating these qualities, they create new cultivars of plants that bear their name. For example, you might hear about ‘Cherry Tomato’ crops because farmers bred tomatoes with longer spoons (shapes) so they get top quality fruit more often.
There are many ways plant breeders contribute to our gardening experiences today. Some take very careful, long studies to identify desirable traits in plants and then work hard to increase the prevalence of those traits in future generations through selective breeding. Others may not spend as much time studying individual plants, but rather look at how well different strains do in terms of productivity and beauty and then combine them into new hybrids.
Grow your passion fruit plants inside
Grown indoors, passion fruits can be an interesting addition to any home garden. They are notifiable that they require bright light for healthy growth. This means you need to ensure your plant gets enough sunlight through it at all times!
In winter time, many people use white or cream colored pottery or plastic containers as coverings to keep the soil and roots warm. Make sure to check out what size of container your seed has already to determine if this is needed before planting.
When the passion fruits start producing flowers, pick just one per flower to promote more fruiting. Once they have finished developing, cut off the rest so there’s less competition for resources.
Grow your passion fruit plants outside
Once they are ready, you can start picking the fruits! When they are fully ripe, the pods will break open, allowing for seeds to be harvested. If there are not enough mature fruits, then plant more next season!
Passion flower is an excellent source of vitamin C, potassium, magnesium and iron. It also contains bakbafalin, which has anti-inflammatory properties.
It is best to eat one fresh passion fruit per person due to its higher acid content. Make sure to wash them first, however, as the skin does contain a chemical compound that could cause stomach irritation or vomiting.