Does anyone have any suggestion of varieties of Passiflora edulis
(Passion Fruit) that do well on the west coast? I live in Santa
Monica, CA a few miles from the beach so the tempearute is very mild.
It never freezes and doesn't break 80 very much. I am currently
growing Passiflora edulis 'Frederick'. It makes tasty fruit but it
doesn't grow or flower except July-September. The rest of the year it
just sits there. I think Frederick must need more heat to grow well
(our tomato plants never grow either). I have a Passiflora incarnata
that grows vigourously, flowers, and fruits prolifically for the whole
year but the fruit are inedible. Is there a P. edulis that grows as
well as P. incarnata?
Michael Kartuz is a national expert at passifloras and is often cited in
literature. He has a rare plant nursery in Vista, California, just north of
San Diego. His website is at Kartuz.com and he is extremely helpful.
might search for high elevatoin tropics passifloras
and check crfg.org
years ago i saw a tomato on coastal OC, near a SW facing stucco wall. i
wasn't sure if it was a seedling or if someone had actually planted it.
i saw it in october or later (rainy already) or similar cool weather.
unfortunately i was at a distance, so i couldn't tell if the plant had
ever flowered, but it looked ok.
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