Buds but not blooming (Passiflora caerulea)

carnivoroustrees(7)March 12, 2008

This past Saturday, I was at a local nursery and my Fiance and I found a blooming Passiflora Caerulea. The people there had NO CLUE what it was. We brought it home in it's 3 gallon container and replanted it in a larger one. We untangled the plant and wrapped it on the bamboo trellis.

We hadn't thought to take a before shot, but it was about 12" tall.

detangled it's now about 5 feet tall. The longest vine is about 17 feet long.


See it HAS buds but hasn't bloomed. :(

Now the problem is that the bloom closed, I watered it for a second time in two days and it opened again---then it closed a day later and hasn't reopened, plus the other buds haven't opened...I'm wondering what I'm doing wrong.

Also it said that the passi would be ok in partial sun. Honestly we don't get a lot of direct sun, could that be the problem?

Also the leaves aren't thick and waxy or do they appear waxy. I would describe them as papery almost, and a dark green with some shine (where the sap has left drops on the leaves)---in 3 days it seems like she's sprouted almost an inch in new growth. Other than the bloom thing it seems happy...

Help, please?

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tommysmommy(Colorado)

I don't have alot of experience with these, but I have the one you're talking about. The buds swell to quite a large size before opening, looks like those buds are close. During the hot summer months a flower lasted only about a day and then it was done. So the flower you had that opened, closed, and opened again, well you got a bonus. Don't overwater the plant but keep an eye on it. Mine got full to partial sun in the summer, all winter has been in an east window and still bloomed with no sun past 11 a.m. or so. Be patient with it, it looks good and healthy.

    Bookmark   March 13, 2008 at 10:35AM
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mrmojorisin(9)

lovely story and beautiful passiflora. My buds swell a bit in size, and then stay open for just a day.

    Bookmark   March 20, 2008 at 7:52PM
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carnivoroustrees(7)

YAY!!

***follow up***

So the plant has gone insane, and has a few dozen buds and has bloomed three times. I'm sad that the blooms only live about a day but---I'm excited because I think it's settling in. :)

    Bookmark   March 25, 2008 at 7:13PM
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