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Passiflora, known also as the passion flowers or passion vines, is a genus of about 500 species of flowering plants, the namesakes of the family Passifloraceae. They are mostly vines, with some being shrubs, and a few species being herbaceous. Passiflora incarnata Purple Passionflower has several common names including Passion Flower, Purple passionflower vine, Apricot vine and May Pops. Passion Flower is a very attractive sprawling or climbing vine up to 20 feet long with edible fruits and flowers. The unusual flowers are 3 inches wide with several petals and a purple fringe and have a rich fragrance resembling that of carnations. The smooth, round 2 inch fruits are edible and turn yellow when ripe. Passion Flower vine is attractive on a garden trellis, fence, hanging over a wall or sprawled on a slope. Passiflora incarnata Passion Flower seeds are slow to germinate, they contain a natural chemical that slows their germination. This chemical is slowly removed by contact will cool damp soil. It is possible to germinate them faster by giving them a pretreatment. Passiflora incarnata Passion Flower vines spread by underground roots and should be planted where spreading will not be a problem or can be controlled by mowing. USDA plant hardiness zones 5 to 10. Grown as an annual in colder areas. Passion Flower vine occurs wild in sandy fields, fence rows, low woods, and along railroads and roadsides from Florida to Texas, north to Maryland and Virginia, Pennsylvania, West Virginia, Ohio, Indiana, Illinois, Missouri, and Oklahoma. Passion flower vines are grown as annuals farther north. given a 24 hour soak in 5% ethanol cider (changed twice) on gentle bottom heat. They are now peaking through the medium (20 sown 3 are up) and are under grow lights. Passiflora have a germination inhibitor that is more soluble in alcohol (mimics the natural fermentation of fallen fruit) than water. This info is from a master gardener I spoke to months ago. Planting passion flower seeds is a little like watching the grass grow, though: seeds can take up to a year to germinate. That isn't a typo. Put seeds in an attractive, shallow pot and hunker down for a long wait. If it seems like a royal pain, just imagine the payoff when those green shoots finally poke their heads out of the ground. The passion vine prefers a frost-free climate. The "Blue Passion Vine" is pretty cold hardy and salt tolerant but the plant does not grow well in intense summer heat. The yellow passion fruit is tropical and isn't fond of frost. The purple and yellow forms both need protection from the wind. Passiflora vines are vigorous growers and require regular fertilizing. Stay away from just using a 20-20-20 liquid food. This may promote good growth but possibly too much green and not enough flower. Use a fertilizer with a ratio more along the lines of a 2-1-3. Care for the passion fruit vines requires full sun except during those very hot summer days, if possible provide some partial shade. The vine is a fast grower and can get out of hand, so if possible plant it next to a chain link fence or on a trellis. Passion fruit vines grow in many soil types but make sure that the plant gets excellent drainage. If you want to keep the vines flowering almost continuously, regular water is necessary.
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How To Grow Passion Flower Vine from Seed
The main problem with passion flower seeds is their dormancy period which can be anywhere from 2 -12 months if the seed isn't germinated straight from the fruit.
The best method to break this dormancy as well as improve overall germination is to lightly sandpaper the seeds on either one or both sides using a fine sandpaper, and then to Fill a bowl with lukewarm water, and drop wild passion flower seeds into the water. Let the seeds soak for 48 hours, changing the water after 24 hours. Remove seeds that float to the top of the water. They aren’t viable.
Any seeds found floating will not be viable and can be discarded. Prepare a seed tray using a good quality seed compost, planting each seeds no more than ¼ of an inch deep.
You may wish to mix in a couple of handfuls of perlite or horticultural grit at this stage to help with drainage. Gently water the seeds in, then cover with clear plastic to maintain humidity. Fill plant pots or a plant flat with equal portions of compost and perlite, or fill plant pots or a plant flat with an organic, sterile, seed-starting mix that includes perlite or vermiculite. If you germinate only a small amount of seeds, then plant pots will work. If you germinate a large amount of seeds, then use a plant flat. An organic, sterile, seed-starting mix that includes perlite or vermiculite is ideal because it offers quick drainage and helps to avoid fungal diseases. The compost-perlite mixture and the seed-starting mix are planting media.
Remember that the plastic must be removed at the first sign of germination to prevent any fungal rot from appearing.
Keep an eye on watering as the compost must remain moist during the germination period.
Temperature is the critical factor here, Place a heat mat in an area that receives indirect sunlight, and set the heat mat's thermostat to 75 degrees Fahrenheit. Put the bagged pots or flat on top of the heat mat.Turn off the heat mat when the wild passion flower seedlings have their third set of leaves, and remove the pots or flat from the bag. Allow the plants to continue to grow in the same location.
Germination within two to four weeks is an average period, but some seeds will take between four and eight weeks. Do get too worried if yours are taking longer as periods of 12 to 48 weeks are not exceptional seeds and dormancy has not been broken. As soon as the new seedlings start to show through, keep them out of direct sunlight until the second set of ‘true’ leaves have appeared. Now the seedling can be transplanted on into 6 inch pots and grown on for 2 -3 weeks before planting outside. Transplant the wild passion flower seedlings into a sunny part of the garden when they reach 6 inches in height. Although a wild passion flower plant will tolerate one-half day of shade, it won't flower as well as it would with full sun exposure. Loosen the top 6 inches of the garden soil with a shovel or gardening fork, and then rake it smooth. Dig a hole the same depth as, and twice the width of, a seedling's planting pot or flat cell. Remove the seedling from its container, place its roots in the hole and fill the hole with soil. Press lightly on the soil around the base of the seedling to help remove air pockets in the soil. Transplant each seedling by using the same procedure. Space the plants 36 to 60 inches apart.
There is a history of poor flowering passion vines from seeds as it can take many years before some types of individual genes move from their non non-flowering, juvenile stage to their flowering mature stage.
To be sure about pH, test the soil with a pH meter. Apply fertilizer and lime using the results of the soil test as a guide.
Soil pH is a measurement of the number of Hydrogen ions present in the soil solution along with as the acidity of the soil. When the soil pH is too acidic the nutrients that are present in the soil become locked-up or unavailable (low pH) or alkaline (high pH).
Correcting the pH has the same effect as applying fertilizer as it unlocks plant nutrients already present.
In the garden some garden plants thrive in acidic soils while others prefer an alkaline soil.
The acidity or alkalinity of soil is a measurement by pH (potential Hydrogen ions). pH is a way to measure the amount of lime (calcium) contained in your soil, and the type of soil that you have.
To Measure Soil pH.
It is recommended that you use a relatively inexpensive, and follow the manufacturers instructions when testing the pH Level of your Gardens soil.
To raise or lower the pH level in the soil either Limestone or Sulfur is utilized.
Other materials will accomplish the same results; however the two that are listed are the most commonly used.
Limestone is added to the soil to raise the pH level because limestone is essentially calcium and calcium reacts with water in the soil to yield hydroxyl ions .. a process known as, hydrolysis = thus the pH level in the soil is raised.
Sulfur reacts with bacteria in the soil and produces sulfuric acid, which releases hydrogen ions thus causing the soil to become more acidic =the pH level is lowered.
Application Of Lime (To Raise Soil pH)
To increase your pH by 1.0 point and make your soil more alkaline.
Add 4 ounces of hydrated lime per square yard in sandy soils
Add 8 ounces of hydrated lime per square yard in loamy soils
Add 12 ounces of hydrated lime per square yard in clay soils
Add 25 ounces of hydrated lime per square yard in peaty soils
The addition of ash, bone meal, or crushed oyster shells will also help to raise soil pH levels.
Application of Sulfur (To Lower Soil pH)
If your soil needs to be more acidic, sulfur will lower the pH if it is available.
To reduce the soil pH by 1.0 point
Mix in 1.2 oz of ground rock sulfur per square yard if the soil is sandy
Mix in 3.6 oz per square yard for all other soils.
Composted leaves, wood chips, sawdust, leaf mold and peat moss, will also help to lower the soil pH.
PPM=Parts Per Million
This unit of measure is relatively unique to the greenhouse industry and often there is some confusion on how ppm is calculated.
I. To calculate the ppm contained in 1 ounce of material first solve for B:
A x 75 = B
A = the % active ingredient (AI) in the fertilizer
B = ppm contained in 1 ounce of the material in 100 gallons of water
Example: Calcium nitrate contains 15% N (0.15 x 75 = 11.25). If 1 ounce of calcium nitrate is dissolved in 100 gallons of water the solution will contain a II. To calculate the number of ounces of material required to make up a desired ppm concentration solve for C:
C = Desired ppm conc. / B
B = ppm contained in 1 ounce of the material in 100 gallons of water (from above).
C = number of ounces of material to add to 100 gallons of water to achieve the desired concentration.
Example: To make up a 250 ppm solution of calcium nitrate first multiply the AI x 75 (.15 x 75 = 11.25). Next divide the desired concentration by 11.25 (250/11.25 = 22). To make up a 250 ppm solution of calcium nitrate you would add 22 ounces to 100 gallons of water.
aproximately 11.25 ppm N.