How To Plant Passion Flower
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These lovely flowers have been used for their soothing properties since ancient times. They can be planted in almost any soil, and will grow back every year!
Passion flower is one of the most popular plants for stress relief. It is also known as “St John’s wort” because it contains an active compound that works similarly to antidepressants.
But before you add this plant to your collection, make sure to learn how to care for it correctly. You want to avoid damaging or wasting the plant, so here are some tips for growing and using passion fruit. Read on to see more about these beautiful flowers!
Disclaimer: This article discusses possible benefits of planting a passion flower and may include warnings concerning potential risks involved. Because each person has different medical conditions and symptoms, there may not always be clear answers for someone else’s health. Only speak with doctors about suspected remedies if you are under doctor’s supervision, etc. Therefore, do not try this remedy unless you have done proper research and made sure it is safe for you.
Prepare the planter
The best way to start planting passion flowers is by preparing your pot first. You will want to choose an appropriate size pot for your plant.
A general rule of thumb is to pick a pot that is one third larger than the plant it holds. For example, if the plant has a diameter of two inches then you would pick a three inch wide pot.
You can also use the leaf tips as a guide to determine how large the pot should be. Simply measure from the top tip of the leaves to where they enter the pot and multiply this number by two to get the height of the pot.
Now, take the time to wash and dry the pot before adding soil or compost. This removes any trace moisture or oils which could prevent the roots from growing properly. Make sure to check the back of the pot too, there may be some helpful information like whether the pot was designed to grow plants.
If possible, try to find a similar sized pot at a thrift store or garage sale so you do not have to invest in new materials later.
Know the plant's requirements
Like any other garden plant, passion flower plants need adequate sunlight to thrive. They also require well-drained soil that is rich in nutrients. Because they are a low water content plant, you will have to be careful not to overwater them.
In winter, when the plant is resting, it needs to be protected from cold temperatures. You can cover the pot with a layer of plastic or tuck the plant under some leaves to protect it. In dry seasons, make sure there’s enough moisture for the plant.
You can take care of your passion flower as soon as it comes up! But remember, don't handle the roots barehanded; use gloves so you don't get dirty.
Know how to care for the plant
Even though passion flowers are categorized as a low maintenance flower, that does not mean you can leave them underfoot every time you have to go! If left alone, they will eventually wither and die.
When plants need your attention, take some time to really look after them. They do not ask for much so it is not too difficult of a flower to be loved by everyone.
The most important thing about passion flower gardening is keeping an eye on them during the spring season. This is when the plants grow their newest leaves and roots. It also happens once a year if desired.
If you notice any signs of yellowing or browning in the leaves, try soaking the plant in a solution of one part white vinegar to two parts water. Let it soak for at least twenty minutes, then rinse off the spent foliage. Repeat this process twice a week until the plant looks its normal self again.
If needed, add more soil and/or fertilizer depending on the growth rate of the plant.
Know the different varieties of passion flowers
There are many ways to plant passion flower bulbs, and what type of passion flower you choose depends on your goal for the plants. If you just want to admire the bright blooms, then choosing shorter-lived types is better because they will eventually fade away.
If you like the idea of having an ongoing display of passion flowers, then there are two main categories to consider. One is annuals, which will grow very quickly and then die after one season. The other is perennials, which will continue to bloom every year until they are killed by winter or lack of rainfall.
There are several types of perennial passion flowers that can be planted in various parts of the garden. These include Crocuses, Gerbera daisies, Fritillary lilies, and Ageratum.
Plant your passion flowers
Most people begin growing their own passion plants in their late teens or early twenties. While they may feel some pressure about how quickly they can produce results, there is no need to worry! If you are not successful within the first year, that’s totally okay!
Some plants take more time to mature than others. Luckily, most of these plants grow best when planted in a potting mix such as rich soil with adequate drainage. This gives them enough space to develop roots and get healthier.
Many beginner gardeners start by planting small clumps around the house or under a light fixture. As your plant grows, it will need more sunlight, so check out your local gardening stores for tips on where to put it.
Your plant will also require water to thrive, make sure to keep its pot dry and expose it to direct sun to ensure this.
Care for your passion flowers
Now that you have them, it is important to know how to care for your plants. This includes how to take good pictures of them!
Most passion flower species will grow in full sun or indirect sunlight which means they get some light exposure but not direct sunshine. These plants also require regular water to thrive.
Regularly check your plant’s soil as well. If it looks dry, apply a small amount of moisture-rich compost or potting mix. Avoid using too much water as this could cause the plant to drown instead of grow.
When taking your picture of your passion flower, hold the leaf up so you can see the beautiful pattern it has. Also, try holding it by its stem rather than leaves if possible!
And lastly, enjoy your passion flower and keep looking out for more! They are both unique and lovely additions to the green space around you.
After all plants need compost to grow! Most people get this wrong, which is why so many plants suffer due to lack of nutrition. Luckily there are easy ways to ensure your plant gets the right amount of nitrogen and phosphorus needed to thrive.
A good source of both nutrients comes from decaying organic matter. This includes things like dried leaves and grass, cheese, meat or any other kind of solid material that has gone through a process where it breaks down into pieces.
The thing about decomposed materials is they contain less oxygen than average air. So when you add them to soil as “compost”, the empty space in the structure helps retain more moisture for the plant. This could be the reason why its roots seem dry even though the plant itself looks healthy.
After collecting your compost piece oatmeal works well to test the pH balance. If the result is below 7 then you have done something wrong and should start over. A neutral PH (7) means no acid or alkaline present.
Tips: remember to mix the compost with some water first before adding it to the pot! Also, do not use fresh lawn clippings as these can burn and/or poison the plant.
Hygiene is important
While passion flowers can be in a natural plant position, it is recommended that you grow your plants in soil with adequate drainage so they do not become waterlogged.
As mentioned before, when growing plants outside, there are two main factors that affect how successful their growth will be: sunlight exposure and temperature. Make sure to give them enough sun but also keep an eye on them during winter to make sure they are warm!
If you notice any wilting or yellowing of leaves, this could indicate that the plant does not get enough light or heat. If this happens at night, check to see if it needs more warmth by laying plastic sheeting under a pot for protection.
When planting new seeds, ensure they have adequate moisture and nutrients to thrive. When taking care of newly planted seeds, leave an interval of one week between sowing and checking whether they have germinated, as some take longer than others.