How To Plant Passion Fruit Seeds
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As mentioned before, passion fruit is an attractive plant that can be grown in many different environments. They are very unique in how they grow and what you can do with them. Besides eating the fruits directly, you can make various recipes or beverages using the seeds, leaves, and pulp.
There are several types of passion fruit plants depending on when they flower and which stage they enter into. The two most common types are early flowering and late flowering. Early flowering ones usually start showing their beautiful flowers around six months after planting!
This article will talk about how to plant passion fruit seeds so that you may soon enjoy this delicious tropical berry. Let’s get started!
Disclaimer: Please note that although these tips seem easy enough, we cannot guarantee your seedlings will thrive or even survive. This article contains beginner level growing information. If you feel uncomfortable working with plants, then please stay away from starting new foliage projects.
Prepare the planting area
Now that you have your seeds, it is time to prepare the soil for the plants! You will need to add some organic matter to help strengthen the plant’s roots.
You can use compost, fresh grass clippings, or finished potting soil as an amendment. Make sure to mix in both texture and quantity appropriately!
Never put all of the amended material in one place. As with any other seedling, keep checking back every few days to make sure they are growing.
Once they show leaves and shoots, sprinkle some more compost onto them and continue to water regularly.
The plants will take around a week to fully develop, so do not worry too much about them. When they start looking healthier and happier, increase the amount of sunlight slightly to facilitate growth.
Also, remember to protect from direct sun exposure during this stage since passion fruit fruits can be quite sensitive when mature.
Choose a good location for your passion fruit plants
The best soil for passion fruits is one that has very high phosphorus content. This allows for strong roots, which are what helps transport water and nutrients through the plant.
Aphids can sometimes plague young passion flower plants. If this happens, pick off any aphid eggs or larvae with a soft paintbrush or straw-scoop tool. Never use a sharp object as it would damage the seedling’s stem.
When planting seeds, make sure to press down the roots slightly before covering them with soil so they have an adequate supply of moisture and air.
Prepare the seeds before planting
The next step in growing your passion fruit plants is preparing the seed for germination. You will need a glass or ceramic container that can hold several cups of water as well as a source of indirect sunlight.
The best way to prepare the seeds is by using a lukewarm washcloth. After washing the seeds, dry them off completely and then roll the seeds around in the test solution for at least two weeks.
When testing the washcloths, make sure they are not acid-based like soap; these could potentially burn the roots of the plant.
Water the soil
After you gather your seeds, it is important to make sure to water the area well! This will help promote growth of the plants for the next step-planting.
When planting seeds in spring or summer, cover them with another seed tray or pot filled with some kind of composted material such as old leaves. Make sure this does not contain any flowers or fruits since these could damage the new plant.
Once they have germinated (come up through the ground) and are strong enough, transplant into their own pot or bed. Depending on the size of the passion fruit tree, this may take several weeks.
By early autumn, when the frosts come, pull the spent plants out and dry them thoroughly before storing away for next year’s harvest.
Sunlight or light shade
The best time to plant passion fruit seeds is during spring, summer, fall, or winter. You can either use direct sunlight as exposure or indirect sunlight via a pot with a cover.
Indirect sun includes using fluorescent bulbs, and even growing them in a dark area of your house or greenhouse!
The roots will not grow well if the plants are exposed to very bright light so make sure there is some darkness around it. Avoid putting plastic covers over the pots because this could cause water to pool which would potentially burn the seedling.
Potting soil or subsoil
When planting your passion fruit seeds, you will need to find a source of potting soil or substrate that is rich in nutrients. This can be a paved area, an empty space under a tree, or even dirt!
Most people use coco-potato soil as their starting material because it contains both high levels of nitrates and phosphates. These are the most important sources of nutrition for the plants during the seed germination process.
However, coconut soil can be too rich for some types of passion fruit seeds so they may not sprout properly. Therefore, we recommend using perlite instead since it does not contain much nitrogen.
Perlite is a light gray powder with microscopic holes in it. It acts like glass and helps hold moisture in the plant’s tissue. Because it does not absorb water very well, it does not change the nutritional value of the soil.
Know the difference between seedlings and plants
The second way to plant passion fruit seeds is by choosing a pot that is larger than the current size of your seedling. You can use a plastic or clay pot, as long as it does not contain moisture.
Seedlings will need more sunlight and space in the soil to grow, so choose an appropriate sized pot for this!
When they are older, you can move them into a bigger container, but make sure it is still adequate for the young plant. This could be a half-depth pot with no bottom, or a pot with a thin layer of soil at the top only.
You can also add some type of compost to help strengthen their roots – do not mix it with fresh soil though, as this would not allow enough air to reach the leaves.
Help your passion fruit plants grow
As mentioned before, passion fruits are not easy to find in early spring when most people start growing them. This is due to they only bear fruits once they have fully matured.
This can be very frustrating as you may want to plant some soon after buying them but they will remain budge until their seedlings are bigger and stronger.
Luckily, this does not need to be too difficult! You can help your passion fruit seedlings mature faster by doing the following.
Give your seeds adequate sunlight
In order to make sure your seedling receives enough light, try spacing two small lights next to each other under one large window or use natural sunlight through a glass door.
Make sure to also cover the pots with plastic wrap to keep the soil warm and protected from moisture loss.
Water your passion fruit daily
Just like with any other plant, it needs water every few hours to survive and thrive. Make sure to give it lukewarm (not hot) tap water to facilitate root growth.
Avoid soaking the leaves as this could cause disease.