How To Plant Passion Fruit
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Passion fruit is one of the most beloved fruits in this country. They are known for their delicious taste and beautiful, unique shape. Most people have never seen a passion fruit before, but they’ve probably heard of them!
Many foods that feature it as an ingredient were not possible without the passion fruit. It produces a gel when mixed with other liquids, which makes it ideal to be included in recipes as a source of liquid or even used directly in the recipe.
It can be tricky to plant your first batch of passion fruits, so let us take you through some steps on how to grow your own here! We will go over all stages of growth, from planting to picking and storing fresh passion fruits.
This article will help beginners start growing their own passion fruit plants. There is no need to be limited to only eating what you grow yourself! You can either sell the fruits at a profit or give them away to others.
Prepare the planting area
Before you begin, make sure to prepare your plant’s new home! Check that the site is well-drained and find out if there are any plants already present in the surrounding soil.
If yes, great! You know your plant at least superficially and can go from here with more information about it.
But even if there aren’t, that’s okay! Many gardeners start this fruit off as a seedling before transferring it to its final home.
You can also do some research online or talk to experienced passion flower growers about tips for how to care for it.
General tips include giving it direct sunlight and moist but not wet soil which helps it grow quickly.
Make the hole
The next step in planting your passion fruit is to make a small, shallow basin or “hole” for it to grow in. This will require you to measure and cut a suitable sized pot that will hold enough water to cover the roots of the plant.
Your plants will also need around one cup of soil per two passion fruits. You can mix together the soil and sand yourself if you like, but the kit comes with pre-made composted soil as well.
Once both parts are ready, combine them in the appropriate size container and add some more water!
When it has drained completely, place the passion fruit in its hole and fill up the rest of the pot with soil. Press the top layer down slightly so that the whole thing does not sit directly on the surface.
Gently push the plant down into the ground, ensuring there are no exposed sharp edges. Leave an inch gap between the plant and the rim of the pot before covering it back up.
Give the plant some extra sunlight and air for the first few days until it gets going. It may take several weeks for the fruit to mature, so don’t worry too much about it!
If you notice any weed growth, use a spoon to scoop out the dirt and wash it under running water.
Plant the plant
As mentioned earlier, passion fruits are not grown in soil, so they cannot be directly transplanted into dirt. Because of this, it is important to know how to grow your own plants!
There are two main ways to grow your passion fruit plants: pot bound or bed bound. Pot-bound plants are planted in individual pots that have good drainage. Bed-bound plants are spread out across a very porous surface area such as gravel or sand.
This article will talk about how to grow passion fruit trees via pot-bound plants. If you would like to read more about growing bed-bound plants, check out our guide here!
Now let’s get started by taking care of your new plant!
Step 1: Give Your New Plant Some Water
You should give your passion fruit plant at least one small water session within the first 24 hours of planting. This can be done through direct watering, indirect watering (watering the surrounding area instead of just the plant), or both.
Directly watering the plant means holding the bottle right next to the leaves and pouring some liquid inside. Indirect watering involves using a plastic dishcloth to cover the roots of the plant and laying the cloth over water.
These two strategies are adequate for starting off young plants. Once the plant has developed larger roots, then you can graduate to having a longer break from waterings.
Water the plant
After planting your passion fruit tree, it is important to give it some water. This will help promote root growth as well as flower production. Plants need both roots and flowers to survive so make sure they have enough of each!
It is also helpful if you check under your plants to see if there are any leaves that look lighter in color than others. If this is the case, take extra care to give them more light by moving or changing the location of the pot.
This article will tell you how to grow passion fruits at home.
Care for your plant for the first few weeks
After you purchase your passion fruit plants, you will need to care for them for the very beginning. The two main things are watering them and protecting their leaves from other foliage or dirt that could get under the soil surface where the vines grow.
Passion fruits require bright indirect light in order to thrive and develop properly. Since they are climber vegetables, there is no need to worry about supporting the vine with stakes as it grows.
Once the plant has at least three sets of true leaves (the base leaf, middle lobe, and top lobe) and one set of false (also called floating) leaves, it can be exposed to natural sunlight. This will help it mature and produce berries.
Enjoy your plant
Most plants will not produce fruit until they are given enough water and sunlight to grow, so it is important to enjoy them while they do not have much reward for you.
They give off liquid that contains small amounts of nutrition and moisture we can consume or use to survive. This liquid is called ‘plant fluid’ or ‘elixir’.
Some people only focus on consuming the juice which is usually one third plant fluid by weight. Others ingest the whole plant organ by organ!
However, this does not agree with our natural digestive processes and can sometimes cause stomach pain, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea or constipation. Some people even report feeling sick for several days after eating just passion fruits!
This has nothing to do with whether the passion fruit was ripe or not since unripe ones contain similar levels of acid. It depends on how sensitive your body is to acid.
Many people are very neutral-acidic types who feel well when drinking liquids with acid in them, but someone else may be more alkaline and need less acid to stay healthy. You should always discuss any changes to a diet with your doctor first.
Grow more plants
Even if you only have a small space to grow your plants, that is not a problem! Plants will always ask for bigger or smaller pots as they develop and expand.
This can be tricky to do because most of us use empty plastic containers for our plant supplies so we run out quickly.
Instead, look into second-hand stores and online sites where people get rid of their old pottery and houseware. These sites usually take a little time to source a good sized pot but it’s worth it in the long run.
You should also visit your local gardening store or greenhouse to see what size pots they recommend for different types of plants.
They may even have some leftover material from creating new ones! If there are no recommendations, just go with a slightly larger one than needed – almost every plant likes being set off the soil line a bit. This helps them breathe.
Never throw away used potting mix! It may still contain all the nutrients your plant needs for growth. Spread it around another plant or compost it instead.
Harvest your passion fruit
Once they have set in, it can take up to two weeks for them to ripen. When they do, try to pinch one of the fruits open to see if there is some liquid inside. If so, pull off the skin and put that liquid into it!
Once you have done this, make sure to either eat or discard the insides. They will be better after being pressed, but if not then simply scrape out what you can before throwing it away.