How To Plant A Passion Fruit
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The pleasant aroma of passion fruits can be tempting enough to eat one raw. But if you want to grow your own, then it is important to know how to plant them! Luckily, we have all the information you need here for you.
This article will cover everything from when to plant your fruit to what size pot to use before they flower. We also take care of another crucial part — ensuring successful growth and development. So let’s get started!
What are passion fruits?
Passion fruits originate in Asia but have since been grown around the world. They are not native to North America, however.
These small round fruits come in many colors depending on the variety. Their flavor typically ranges from tangy to sweet with undertones of citrus.
They can be consumed either alone or mixed into other foods. When eaten fresh, they are usually spread onto bread or rice dishes and enjoyed.
Benefits of eating passion fruits
Many people enjoy eating passion fruits because of the health benefits they offer.
Some say that consuming just one a week helps reduce stress and depression. This may be due to the content of the tart compound called malvidin which has anti-oxidant and mood regulating properties.
Another possible reason is an ingredient called pectins which help promote healthy digestion and gut function. Some studies show that pectins may even aid in weight loss.
Prepare the planting spot
Now that you have your seedling ready, it is time to prepare the plant for its new home! The first thing you will need to do is make sure the area is suitable for the plant to grow. If the area is exposed to direct sunlight or heavy shade, this could be a factor in whether the plant survives or not.
If there are large stones or bricks nearby, the plant may get stuck growing under those. This can cause death of the plant as it cannot receive adequate nutrients or water. So, make sure to check out these plants before adding them to the garden!
The soil at the new location should also be good quality – no crumbs left behind from baking or dried up food pieces. These things can’t be replaced once they run out! When buying potting mix, look for slightly darker shades than normal soil so the fruit does not stain the surrounding areas.
Lastly, make sure to wash all dirt off the plant thoroughly! You don’t want any leftover chemicals to affect the health of the passion flower. (It is recommended to use fresh soap instead of liquid ones to avoid possible pesticide exposure.)
Blog post: Conclusion
This article has discussed how to start a passion flower project yourself. From choosing your variety to preparing the bed, we hope you enjoyed reading this beginner’s guide!
Do not hesitate to visit your local gardening stores or websites to learn more about passionate flowers.
Create a compost heap
After your plant has recovered from its transplant, you can begin to think about growing more plants! Plants need rich soil that is full of nutrients so they can grow strong and healthy.
A common way to create new soil for a plant is by creating a compost pile. A compost pile is where you gather leftover food scraps, grass, dirt, and other materials that you can add into the soil at a later time.
The process of adding these additional components into the soil as “compost” will give your plant an adequate supply of essential minerals such as nitrogen, phosphorus, and potassium. These are the most important nutrient elements for growth.
When it is time to take care of your passion fruit again, use the fresh soil in your pot as mix-in material for your compost.
Add plant food
Now that your plants are thriving, it is time to add some more growth! Plants require several components to thrive and grow, so this week we will be focusing on adding these needed nutrients into your pot.
One of the most important things for plants to consume is called “plant food” or “nutrient rich soil.” This term seems vague, but you don’t need very much of it. A couple tablespoons per every two months is all you need to give your plants the boost they desire.
Most people buy pre-made compost as well as mushroom tea and other herbal additives at home supply stores, but there is an easy way to make your own! Simply put together a mixture of equal parts of coconut powder, dried bread crumbs, and sand in a bowl. Mix them together and store in a bag or container until you can use it.
By mixing the three main ingredients, the chemicals in the coconut water help promote strong roots and healthier foliage. Having healthy foliage means thicker, fuller leaves which allow for better air circulation, improved photosynthesis (the process by which plants produce energy through oxygen and carbon dioxide), and overall health and vitality for the plant.
Give each plant about one drop (1 tablespoon) of their new soil mix per 2–3 inches of root area. For example, if your plant has a 6 inch diameter root ball, apply half of the mixture directly onto the roots and top off with additional soil.
After you plant your passion fruit, make sure to give it enough water. This will help ensure that it grows quickly and healthily!
You can try watering it every other day for the first month until it shows signs of growth.
After the first month, only need to do this once per week or even twice a week at most. It will take around one to two years for it to fully develop and bear fruits.
However, don’t over-water it as this could cause it to grow too rapidly which would not allow for proper development.
When it begins to show sprouts, but there is no leaf yet, apply an easy layer of soil about the size of a half dollar piece. If it starts to look more like a lime slice, add another layer of soil and keep adding layers as it develops leaves and roots.
Ensure soil is not dry
This growing tip comes from an important component of passion fruit plants- soil! If your plant does not seem to be thriving, check to see if the pot it resides in has dried out.
If it has, try buying a new one or filling up the old one with more fresh dirt. Also make sure that there are no holes in the bottom of the pot where roots could grow through.
Never add water to a freshly washed empty pot as this can push all the air out and potentially hurt the plant!
Once winter arrives, let the house determine when to start warming up and get those seedlings ready for their next home! Plants need around eight hours of light per day, so consider putting them under a lamp or outside during sunnier times of the day.
Know the dangers of passion fruit
There are several reasons why people get sick due to eating passion fruits. Most of these cases occur because someone with an allergy has eaten a batch that had residue or leftover pulp from a past season’s harvest.
When buying passion fruits, make sure they look fresh and have no dark marks on them. If you see any signs of dryness, put it back – it may be too old!
Never eat raw passion fruits as this can result in serious health problems. They must be properly prepared by peeling, washing, and either adding sugar or water to taste or drizzling over another ingredient like yogurt.
Make sure your digestive system is well-trained before ingesting new foods, especially if there was residual pulp left over. Only try one bite at a time to prevent an allergic reaction.
How to care for your plant
Now that you have your passion fruit tree, it is time to prepare it for winter! As mentioned before, make sure to add some extra dirt to the pot to ensure proper root growth.
After the soil has dried, cover the roots with plastic wrap or cardboard to protect them from any moisture loss. Make sure to pull up enough of the top layer of soil to expose about an inch of the roots to prevent dry-out. This will help your plant start growing again in the spring.
Once summer comes around, take the plastic off and wash the leaves under water. If there are signs of disease such as dark spots, apply a good amount of citrus fertilizer and let the plant absorb it.
If you are looking to plant your own passion fruit tree, then your first step will be to determine if it is already mature enough for planting in its native habitat. Check out our article here to see if there are any signs of a fruit tree!
If not, you can begin by growing it as a bare root or containerized plant. This way it does not have to grow into the soil before being able to be planted in its natural environment!
Once it has become established, you can move onto the next stage which is to cultivate or care for the plant. This can done every few months to help promote growth and keep it healthy.
To do this, take some time to research how to care for different types of plants.