How to Grow Passionfruit

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Passionfruit Vine - Panama RedGrowing Passionfruit is not nearly as hard as people make it out to be. In-fact growing your own fresh passionfruit is very easy, and I’ll share my experiences with you.

Like most plants, passionfruit needs a well drained soil, water, nutrients and some care.

Firstly you will need something to grow the passionfruit on, as they are a climber a trellis or mesh fence is a great starting point. It needs to be strong, as over the next couple of years your passionfruit is going to hang off it. You don’t want to have it collapse in a heap.

You will need to condition the soil you want to grow the passionfruit, dig the hole three to four times as big as the pot the plant came in. Make it a big wide dish shaped hole. Try not to mix the sub soil with the top soil too much. Maybe make a pile for the top soil, and a pile for the sub soil, put the subsoil back in first followed by the top soil.

Passionfruit are gross feeders, which means you will need to feed them a lot of nutrients over their life time. Set aside the dirt that came from the hole and mix it with well rotted cow, sheep or horse manure as well as some blood and bone. My grandmother always put some offal (liver, heart etc) in the hole and covered it over before planting, over time this would break down into a great nutritious food for the passionfruit.

Indirectly water the area with a sprinkler so the water can permeate slowly, not breaking down the soils composition. This may take two hours to get all the way through, a wetting agent such as Wetasol can be used to speed up the process.

Planting out Passionfruit Vines
Dig a hole in the prepared soil, gently remove the vine from the pot and tease the roots. A healthy plant should have white outer roots, this indicates new healthy growth. Old brown roots are still ok, but the plant is not in it’s optimal state. It’s good to check the roots of plants at the nursary to see that they are healthy before you buy them.

Place the passionfruit vine into the hole and cover with soil. Ensure you do not cover the trunk above it’s original ground level.

Gently water the plant to remove any air bubbles around the roots.

Mulch generously if you live in a warm climate, this will help keep the ground around the plant cool and prevent moisture loss.

Growing Passionfruit from Seed
There has been many requests for the method of growing Passionfruit from seed. Before we begin, the result of your seedling may not grow the same fruit as the vine that it came from.

Step 1
Remove the fruit’s seeds and wash the yellow pulp from around the seed (I like to put the seeds in my mouth and eat the pulp then spit the seeds in a bowl). Plant seeds right away in seed-raising mix. You can plant more than 1 seed per pot, just put them a few centimeters apart, separate them when they grow larger. Cover lightly with mix (~1cm), water them well and put in a warm spot to germinate.

Step 2
Your new plants should pop up in 14-28 days.

Step 3
Once the plants are ~5cm tall, separate them into individual pots. To help the plants grow upright, include a stick or small growing frame in the pot to ensure they don’t droop over the outside. In 12 months your seedlings should be flowering.

Varieties include Nellie Kelly , Red Ambrosia, Panama Red, Panama Gold, and Sunnypash. The golden varieties are better suited to more tropical climates and growers may have problems with fruit ripening in cooler districts of the southwest. Passionfruit have relatively short life of between 5-6 years as they are so vigorous and heavy fruiting.

Above is a photo of my new passionfruit vine. It is a Panama Red, and the fruit will grow to be around 5cm in diameter. I have mulched the soil with rotted horse manure, and I will cover that with shredded newspaper. The fence is to keep my dog from digging it up. I have installed temporary shade cloth (70%) to the galvinized iron fence and the other side of the mesh to provide some protection from the hot sun. I will remove this when the plant becomes established.

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119 thoughts on “How to Grow Passionfruit

  1. HI am fred in uganda i started growing passion fruit last year and now flowering but flowers few why?

  2. HI am fred in uganda i started growing passion fruit last year and are now flowering but flowers are few why?.

  3. i would like to start growing passion fruit the bigger size variety,what do i plant seeds or i need to buy a planted plant in a polythen bag

  4. I’ve been growing passion fruit for two years now, the flowers are a beautiful purple. The problem I’m having is that after the flower disappears I get a green oval shaped fruit. Except its not edible, its not changing colors or rippening,. Help.

  5. Thanks for the information a bout the fruit. Am interested in growing the passion fruit for a commercial purposes. Is there a way i can get a guide book for the same?

  6. Hi

    I am in South Australia and last year i planted a Nelly Kelly black and it grew quite beautifuly. After about 5 months leaves started to discolour and become excessively thick. even the new leaves that grew became quite rough and unhealthy. The new growth of the vine looks like it has been there for million years and not at all like passionfruit vine. (i do get bit of wind in the area where i have planted the vine)
    Can someone kindly advice me what i should do and not do to have a healthy passionfruit vine?.

  7. Hi i am growing passion fruit trees from past 1year . I experience that there are more than thousand flowers came but there are few fruit.what should i do for more fruit .can you please help me

  8. Hi i am growing passion fruit trees from past 1year . I experience that there are more than thousand flowers came but there are no fruit.what should i dor .can you please help me PLEASEEEEE

  9. I just bought my passion fruit. How long can I leave it in it’s container before planting it into the ground? Can Passion Fruit be grown in containers? Also, how doest it grow? In full sun? Partial sun? or what?

  10. dear usama,
    all you need to do to get fruit is to take a paintbrush, and gather pollen from the stamen (there should be 5 on a flower), and apply it thoroughly to the pistils (there should be 3 per flower).

    fruit will form.

  11. I have a passion plant that I have had for about 9 months now, it has spent the winter in doors with me and I just started taking out side this week during the day. I have placed it in the same spot I started it last year. When I brought the plant it last night I noticed that a few of the leaves look like the have wax on them. They are dull green and not lush. I am afraid to put her back out side. What should I do? help please.

  12. I have planted some passion seeds into a pot. Now 2 have sprouted and it’s about 4 inches tall. The leaves are individual single leave instead of 3 lobed one as the one from its parent plant. Now i am not sure if this is a passion fruit seedling. can someone advice me.

  13. Can you tell me at what point the plant should be placed in soil. It says at 5 cm to transfer to it’s own pot, but not when to place in the ground. Thanks


  15. I live in southern MI, What is th best way to winter the plant. I live across from a lake and the subberb is in a bowel. This moderates temps about 4 degrees on the warm side.

  16. Received seeds from my dtr in Africa from a fruit that she ate and we dried the seed and planted them. Took about 3 month for them to germinate and now have 56 large vines, are they perennials or do i need to keep them indoors. When summer comes is the direct sun to hot as they will be about 6 months old and are about 4 ft tall now? We live in fraser valley iin BC.

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