Orange-yellow colored passion fruit, having some of the better tasting pulp of the passion fruits.
Seeds are now available at our seed store.
A fairly fast-growing vining plant that can grow many feet in a single season.
A subtropical species, will stand light frosts.
Subtropical, grows in most soil types, provided they are well draining. It is naturally adapted to mountainous rain forests, so it is adapted well to cooler temperatures and humidity.
It is recommended to pretreat Passiflora seeds before planting. They contain a hard seed coat and are very slow to sprout. There are various pretreatment methods, but the simplest is to soak the seeds for 24-48 hours in warm to the touch water, just prior to planting. Optionally, seeds can be lightly scarified with sand paper to provide some permeation on the seed coat.
Once pretreated, plant seeds 1/2-1" deep in moist, sterile soil. Keep soil temperature consistent at 70-85F, with some day/variation in this range. Cool soils will significantly delay seed germination time if not inhibit germination altogether. Standard room temperature can be too cool for proper germination.
Estimated germination time under optimal conditions: 4 weeks to 6 months.
Fruits are eaten raw, or processed for juices, desserts, and flavorings.
Native extends from Mexico through South America. Cultivated in many parts of its native range for its edible fruit.Photo courtesy of Tomas Alvarez Mendez.