I love flowers. If I had my way my entire yard would be a cottage garden. Unfortunately my allergies will not allow that so I stick with a small patch. For the last couple of years I’ve watched this plant grow.
It’s a Passion Flower Vine. I chose it on a whim wanting something unique to grow. This morning I spied something orange…
What is this? Is it fruit?
I decided to learn more about the passion fruit. Passion fruit’s Latin name is Passiflora edulis. It is a vine species native to more tropical locations than rainy Oregon. A true passion fruit has a round to oval shape, yellow or dark purple at maturity, with a juicy interior filled with seeds. Is it edible? Yes, if you have a true passion fruit.
Wanting to know just what I had I took the little orange whatever-it-is inside my house. The texture is very soft and it easily opened. What was inside revealed the true identity of the orange “fruit” on my vine.
It’s a seed pod! Awesome! I don’t have a clue about growing passion flowers so back to Google I went. It brought me here.
Growing Passion Flower from Seed:
To save seed, allow the fruits to ripen completely. Open the pods and remove, clean and dry the seeds before storing.
Passion flowers seeds can be difficult to sprout and hybrid varieties will not grow true from seed. Start seed by soaking for 1-2 days in warm water. Viable seed will sink to the bottom of the glass. Floating seeds can be discarded.
Start seed in damp potting mix. Place seed on surface of soil and pat down, but don’t cover. They need to be exposed to light, in order to germinate. Place the pot in a plastic bag and seal to retain moisture. If you can provide bottom heat to the pot, you’ll have a better chance of sprouting. A heat mat or even the top of a refrigerator should work.
It can take weeks or months for passion flower seeds to sprout. Keep the soil moist at all times. When sprouts do appear, keep them out of direct sunlight until there are true leavesand don’t handle the plants until they are large enough to transplant.
By Marie Iannotti, About.com Guide
At this point I wasn’t sure if the pod was ready to be harvested or not. Another trip to Google and I discovered The Herb Gardener. And then I read this: Planting passionflower seeds is a little like watching the grass grow, though: seeds can take up to a year to germinate.
REALLY? Do I have the patience? Can I wait that long? I think I’m going to give it a try. With any luck in 2014 I can say, “It sprouted!
In the meantime…here’s what my CURRENT plant is giving me. Pretty huh?