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(homelife)   How to grow passionfruit, the ultimate defence against home invaders when bananas fail   ( divider line
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2014-01-16 03:25:43 PM  
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2014-01-16 06:33:38 PM  
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I don't agree with people that say the Eastern U.S. native passionflowers have inedible fruit.  The fruit, when fully ripe, are fantastic.

I like passionflowers because of their fragrance.  There's quite a bit of variance in fragrance of the the species and hybrids, but almost all of them are strong and fantastic smelling.

I've grown a number of species and hybrids in central N.C. (zone 7a & 7b).  The vines die back to the ground every year, but they come back, grow quickly, flower and then fruit all in the course of a single growing season.  Many of the tropical species are hardy around here and will come back year to year, but they do die back completely when freezing temps hit.

My favorite "trick" for growing passionflowers is to keep them in pots.  When they are pot bound, they flower profusely from late spring or early summer all the way to the end of the growing season.  In the ground, they often didn't bloom as profusely, and some varieties would only bloom once in the season.

Also, there are some species that can be used for tea, which contain some pretty nice and relaxing chemicals.  Not every species has that effect, and not every person will feel it.
2014-01-16 05:23:37 PM  
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I have 2 passionflower vines (one white, one purple) and they have gone nuts the past 3 years. Fredericksburg is on the edge of the grow zone and the last 2 winters were mild enough not to kill them. I fear for them this year but I love them; they smell so awesome. Quite a few people have asked me for rooted cuttings so maybe this will replace kudzu around here
2014-01-16 05:08:58 PM  
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abhorrent1: I've never had passionfruit. What does it taste like? Looks kinda gross on the inside.

Have you had a Bartles & Jaymes wine cooler?  Then you've had passionfruit.
2014-01-16 03:45:39 PM  
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Great Porn Dragon: Of course, one of the amusing things (to me, anyways) re passionfruit is that--despite how it's played up in marketing--it's not exactly a tropical fruit any more than apples are.  (At least one species of passionfruit--the maypop--grows quite well in temperate regions from about the Ohio Valley south, and grows wild at that.  And yes, domesticated passionfruit and wild maypops do taste pretty darn similar.)

/has actually pondered growing passionfruit, need to set up a trellis first because they do vine all over the place

Kiwi even more so.  New Zealand is just as damp and cold as Washington or Ohio.
2014-01-16 03:38:58 PM  
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I planted about ten seeds over a three year period.  Only 1 ever came up, and it only put out about 2-3 flowers, with no fruit.  The flowers are really cool looking though, looks like something you'd see in the rainforest.
2014-01-16 03:37:25 PM  
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/Oops. Wrong skit. Whatever skit did I give the wife???
2014-01-16 03:34:43 PM  
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Got one of these in San Jose area. We had multiple nights recently when lows fell into the mid-20's; I'd guess that's not much of a problem in Australia but it knocked our passion vine back pretty hard. We may have to replant.
2014-01-16 03:30:43 PM  
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Fark that. The sorry bastard trying to break into my hole is getting The Pineapple.
2014-01-16 03:27:50 PM  
1 vote:
What about a pointed stick?
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