Growing Passiflora

A blue passiflora image by Jim Gober


Passiflora, more commonly known as passion vine or passionflower vine, produces beautiful and unusual flowers and will lure butterflies to your garden. Passiflora grow quickly during the summer but die to the ground in areas that experience freezing winter temperatures. They have few pest and disease problems and make a colorful addition to any landscape if planted in the proper location. They are appropriate for horticultural zones 6 to 9.

Step 1

Locate a spot to plant the passion vine. It should be next to a large trellis or fence. Reserve a space 6 feet tall and at least 20 feet wide, as the vines grow large over a short period of time.

Step 2

Dig a hole and position the plant at the same depth it was planted in the nursery pot.

Step 3

Fill in the planting hole with a mixture of 1/2 compost and 1/2 native soil.

Step 4

Spread 1 cup of granulated organic fertilizer around the plant just outside the root zone.

Step 5

Spread a 3-inch thick layer of mulch around the base of the plant to conserve moisture and prevent weeds.

Tips and Warnings

  • Allow plenty of room for the passion vines to grow, as they multiply rapidly by spreading roots. Passionflower vines can spread underground to neighboring properties and become difficult to remove.

Things You'll Need

  • Passiflora vine
  • Compost
  • Granulated organic fertilizer
  • Mulch


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About this Author

Based in Rockdale Texas, Jim Gober has been writing garden-related articles for 25 years. His articles appear in several Texas newspapers including The Rockdale Reporter, The Lexington Leader, The Cameron Herald and The Hearne Democrat. He is a Master Gardener and Certified Texas Nursery and Landscape Professional. He holds bachelor degrees in English Writing from St. Edward's University and Finance from Lamar University.

Photo by: Jim Gober