Ruby Glow/Alata Help
I just can't get a 'Ruby Glow' or I think it is Alata to grow. I have had 3 vines in the past 8 years. They grow for 3 years,or so,and make thousands of flowers,no joke, thousands, the vines are over 50 feet long in two directions, so like 100 feet long. I always have to cut up to 90% of the vine off 2-4 times in the summer they grow so fast and over take the fence to the point it is bending. BUT since my last one died,after a huge cut back, I have bought and wasted a LOT of money on tiny tiny rooted cuttings of Ruby Glow or Alata, maybe 6in at most, and tried to grow them in pots,till they are bigger, and also in the ground. And they just die! I even bought one of these 'Grandiflora' types with the huge flower in WHITE instead of Ruby Red! It cost me $40 for a 6in rooted cutting. It died on me in 2 weeks in a pot. Is there a disease going around I don't know about that is attacking these big passion vines?
I miss my Ruby Glow so much...and I cant find one growing locally,so I buy these tiny tiny cuttings off of Ebay and they die. I have stopped buying them after the $40 white one. But does anyone know what is going on? I would sell my soul if I could find a local grower or someone near me with one that could root one bigger than 6ins. Or send me some long cuttings and tell me how to root them...I have never been able to root them,but I use to be able to buy one in a 10in grow pot for only $10-15. Now I cant get a tiny cutting for less than that off of EBay! Maybe they are to young to be uprooted,shipped, and then repotted??? I am at a loss. I cant find any locally. I have given up on the internet,so now I think that there must be a problem with them that I don't know about? Any help would be so much appreciated. I cant even find a plain old blue 'passion vine' at Lowes or Home Depot. BUT it would never replace the blooms and the coverage I get from a Ruby Glow or a Grandiflora type. Huge stems,huge flowers,huge leaves. Whats going on?
Why cant I find them and grow them anymore?