Passiflora from seed

ladylotus(Z3/4 ND)February 17, 2013

Greetings,

I am so excited...I purchased seeds of the following passiflora:

Passiflora edulis 'Frederick'
Passiflora quadrangularis
Passiflora ligularis 'Grenadia'
Passiflora edulis v. flavicarpa
Passiflora molissima

I would really like to know the best method of growing on these seeds. I will be growing them in pots in my greenhouse.

I have a couple other unnamed variety growing but they do not set fruit. Thus, the reason I picked these in hopes of obtaining fruit.

Also, with these grow true to the seeds? I'm not very familiar with Passiflora and the various varieties available.

Thank you in advance for any information you can provide.

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ladylotus(Z3/4 ND)

I found some old posts that had great information in them regarding seed germination.

Thanks.

    Bookmark   February 18, 2013 at 10:05PM
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LullabyF360

I've always had great outcomes by soaking the seeds over night in warm water before sowing them. There are some that are growing wild in a few spots on my property as well as on the far side of my neighbor's pond. These have not made many fruits. Those that have are always eaten by ants or other annoying bugs. I really don't put much care into these being as they grow in areas that have no choice to be mowed, & if you don't mow, then our yard becomes a hideous jungle. None have started to come out of their hibernation yet. This year I am going to try to take some cuttings to expand my passiflora wall. I haven't tried their fruit, so I am eager to have a nice yield. However, I am more into them for their unique flowers. They are beautiful & interesting to me.

    Bookmark   February 20, 2013 at 9:33AM
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ladylotus(Z3/4 ND)

Lullaby,

Thank you for the information. I did read that soaking them in water or something acidic like grapefruit or orange juice also works. I will be giving that a try as soon as my seeds arrive.

Thank you.

    Bookmark   February 20, 2013 at 10:20PM
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LullabyF360

Also, I forgot to mention, some people scratch the side of the seeds before soaking. There are several things to be used for scarification. Sandpaper, knives, scissors, etc. Some do this, some don't. I, personally, have not seen a difference in germination rate between the two methods. That all comes down to preference.

    Bookmark   February 20, 2013 at 10:25PM
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