Questions, Passiflora caerulea
Hi all, I have a pretty new Passiflora Caerulea / Blue Passionvine, hoping someday for GF cats, and really need some help with the plant.
What size pot?
See photo. I got it May 18 mailorder from a local nursery grown from cuttings. I put it in an 8 inch pot, which looked like the right size for it then but now, almost 6 weeks later, it is 7 ft tall with roots showing in the bottom holes of the pot, vine loosely tied to a post.
It is invasive in my warm climate and I need to contain it. I probably need at least a 12Ã¢ÂÂ pot by now but it is growing so rapidly that I might soon need an even larger pot. Could I put it in a 16Ã¢ÂÂ pot now so it has room to grow? Could the 16Ã¢ÂÂ pot perhaps be a permanent home?
Flowers drying up
It came with buds, has been blooming nicely on new growth and the vine looks good and healthy. Just recently the flowers that were forming dried up and fell off instead of blooming. The weather had been extremely rainy but now it is hot and dry. I have started giving it more water and have read that the soil should be kept slightly moist. About as moist as a wax begonia in a pot, which I let dry out until the top 1 inch of soil is dry? Or should the very top of the soil feel moist? Besides being too dry in a small pot, is there anything else that usually causes flowers to dry up?
What kind of fertilizer?
MG potting soil is what I normally use.
I found a rec online for Maypop, at least, of fertilizer that is 10-5-20. My Osmocote says 19-6-12, MG is 24-8-16. I buy gintrash (internet says apx 6.2 pH) and compost from my local ag supply as my yard is too small to compost myself. Also have some sphagnum moss I could mix in to get good drainage. What to use and when, including next year?
BTW, I see a GW Passiflora forum but it has little activity. GW Container Gardening recs a combination of so many products that I could not possibly store them in the space that I have. Any and all help greatly appreciated! Sorry for long post. Thanks so much! River