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.
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.
Dig a hole and position the plant at the same depth it was planted in the nursery pot.
Fill in the planting hole with a mixture of 1/2 compost and 1/2 native soil.
Spread 1 cup of granulated organic fertilizer around the plant just outside the root zone.
Spread a 3-inch thick layer of mulch around the base of the plant to conserve moisture and prevent weeds.