- Passiflora trifasciata is a vigorous, easy vine to grow. It is native to Peru and can height 12-15 feet tall. It climbs by means of clinging tendrils and can be kept as an container plant. The long tendrils need lots of support for climbing. It may be grown as a houseplant in a sunny South-facing window.
A stunning vine grown for it’s beautiful purple banded three fingered lobed leaves. It has some of the most beautifully ornamental leaves of all Passiflora with yellow-cream to pinkish variegations along the main nerves. The underside of the leaf is a dark purple in color. The small flowers, about one inch, are a combination of cream, pink and light green and very fragrant. Pruning is a must to keep the vine healthy. Prune off less vigorous growth and occasionally prune back vigorous growth to promote flowering. When established, and without care, the passion fruit can easily overtake other garden plants, shading them from sun. Hardiness zone 11, (4°C/40°F) in Winter. Protect from frost or plant in frost free areas. Although tropical, it will take temperatures down to 40º F for short periods only. Keep the atmosphere humid through the Summer and place in full sun. A great houseplant that tolerates low light happily. Passiflora Trifasciata loves the warm humid Tropics. You may need to water your plants on a daily basis during the hottest Summer months. During the Winter the roots should be kept moist, but as growth will be much slower you will probably only need to water once a week, depending on growing temperature. It will do best in a loam based mix with a little peat moss. Fertilize at least once every two weeks in the growing season. If their pot is too large or if they have an unrestricted root run then the whole plant will simply get bigger and bigger but it will refuse to flower and therefore produce the fruits. By limiting the pot size you are limiting the ability to grow and this is seen as a threat, so the natural mechanism is to produce seed for the next generation. A suitably sized pot for an adult plant would generally be of 12 inches in diameter.
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