I finally broke down and bought myself a bright red Passion Flower vine even
though I know nothing about them. I was deadheading the spent flowers today
when it occured to me that perhaps I should ask if that was the right thing
to do. I realized that sometimes new flowers grow where old flowers were so
I stopped after three.
Also, it's outside for the summer but I don't have any southern exposure
windows for winter light. Can I successfully use artifical light to
suppliment the ample west light I get?
Any advice will be appreciated.
I finally found a good reference to the Passion Flower in a herb book last
night (I had no idea that's where I should look for it -- duh!) and it said
it actually grows a fruit. Have you ever tried it? The book said it was
Also, have you ever tried wintering the vine outside? The book said it has
to be mulched well to survive but, wow, it doesn't seem to me that such a
delicate flowering vine could survive to -20F. You're closer to where I
used to live (Niagara Falls) and I would think it *might* survive there but
here, on a hill in the middle of Indiana, I have my doubts.
Giselle (boy, do I miss Lakes Ontario and Erie to keep me temperate!)
I've got some bad news for you. Red passionflower sets no fruit. The blue
does, but not the red.
As to growing outside and deadheading, Mine grows on the back fence in
central Florida, and dcadheading would be close to a full-time job. I prune
it to keep it from growing 30 feet up the neighbor's tree.
Oh, no kidding! Why is that? Do you know? I don't mind, though, I just
fell in love with the red one. It was the first one I ever saw.
Oh, cool. I was hoping that if I made it an inside plant this winter that
it would fill up my sunroom and climb up the walls but, like I said, I only
get strong west and some north light and I'm sure that's not enough for
The red passion flower is a "patio tropical" that will not set fruit &
should be kept very warm to thrive. They don't need deadheading at least &
can be practically everblooming.
The yellow egg-sized fruits of Purple Passion Vine (the one most commonly
grown outdoors in gardens) are mostly hollow but do have a big hump of
blood-red pulp & seeds inside. "Pop" the balloon open & you'll know
why they're called Maypops, then suck out the pulp, don't chew because the
seeds don't add anything positive to the flavor, but give the pulp a good
tongue-mushing. I find it extremely tasty & when the vines are full of
maypops I eat them daily while in the garden. But my sweety finds them
seedy & uninteresting. I have also occasionally used the yellow skins like
green tomatoes & fried them in olive oil with onions & sweet bell peppers
for a home-made relish.
Although the subtropical Purple Passionflower thrives outside even in
temperate Zone 8, our winters only rarely & briefly get down to 20 degrees
F. & the vine can stand it. but even this hardy species would die at
temperatures your zone experiences. Your red one is fully tropical would
die outside even in my comparatively mild zone.
-paghat the ratgirl
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Great! Thanks for all the info! Will my red one be comfortable at around
70 degress in the winter, do you think? I usually don't keep my cabin
warmer than that.
Giselle (and now I'm going to have to get a purple one so I can try the
There's a passion flower native to the south east called Maypop
(passiflora incarnata). It is hardy nearly anywhere in the US, although I
imagine it gets less and less vigorous the further north one gets. It also
has edible egg-shaped fruits, and the flowers are typical interesting
complex passion flowers. You could try that one outdoors, and the other red
one indoors. I have never seen maypops for sale where I'm living now (in the
northwest), and in the Southeast, people just dig up the vines and give them
to friends who want them. Maybe someone from this newsgroup has them on
his/her property and would be willing to send you some seeds from the fruit.
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