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How to Start a Passion Plant

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Overview

The passion plant is a fast-growing vine with flowers that almost resemble some type of spaceship. The name came from Jesuit priests who discovered it in South America and saw symbols of the crucifixion of Christ in its blooms. The leaves of the passion plant are often brewed in teas to promote calm, well-being, and to combat insomnia. In addition, the passion plant is a good addition in the garden to attract butterflies. You can also use the fruit from the passion plant to start additional plants for your garden.

Step 1

Let the fruit dry completely. You can do this either by allowing it to dry on the vine or by harvesting the fruit and placing it in a cool dry area until it has shriveled and is brown.

Step 2

Break open the fruit, which contains the seeds. Scatter the seeds on the ground where you want more passion plants to grow. Do not cover for about one week. This allows the seeds to dry out a little more.

Step 3

Cover the seeds with a thin layer of compost (1 to 2 inches). If you do not have your own compost, you can purchase a bag of compost at any garden center.

Step 4

Fertilize with a time-released balanced fertilizer, followin the instructions on the back of the package.

Step 5

Apply 2 to 3 inches of any type of organic mulch.

Step 6

Water enough to dampen the ground over the seeds.

Tips and Warnings

  • Allow the fruit to ripen on the vine. The fruit emerges as the flowers begin to die. Do not deadhead the flowers, however. You will not have any fruit if you do. Passion fruit can be invasive. If you want to control your passion fruit, simply deadhead the blooms or remove the fruit and discard.

Things You'll Need

  • 1 bag compost
  • 1 bag time-released balanced fertilizer
  • 1 bag organic mulch
  • Water hose

References

  • "Rodale's Illustrated Encyclopedia of Herbs;" Claire Kowalchik and William H. Hylton, eds.; 1998
Keywords: passion plant, passion flower, passion vine, how to propagate passion flowers, how to start passion plants

About this Author

Dena Bolton has written for local newspapers and magazines since 1980. She currently writes online for various sites, focusing on gardening. She has a BA in Political Science and German and graduate credits in Latin American Studies from East Tennessee State University. In addition, she is a TN Master Gardener.

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