Passiflora disaster

thistle(ontario 5b)April 24, 2012

I overwintered 3 Passionflower Vines indoors and they survived beautifully. I was putting them outside for a short time every Day to harden them off and they were doing really well until I forgot to bring them back indoors one evening and they were hit hard by Frost.All the top growth was killed off,but the soil did not freeze. Are they lost?? I will be so upset if I have killed them.

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I'd cut back the dead growth just leaving a few inches of stem then wait and see what happens. I've had a number of passifloras, even tender tropical varieties, send out new growth after the same thing. Keep them warm and make sure that you don't over water. I wouldn't worry about hardening them off with regard to temp, just sunlight. I slowly acclimate my plants that have been wintered over under grow lights to natural sunlight, even then I often get some scorched foliage but that's just cosmetic. It will drop as the hardy new foliage grows in. Good luck.

    Bookmark   April 25, 2012 at 8:52AM
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I live in zone 10. I have a red Passion flower vine that's taking over my flower bed if you like I can send you a lot if cutting. Email me if you want me to send you some .

    Bookmark   April 27, 2012 at 7:32PM
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thistle(ontario 5b)

Hi Pinkflower,thank you so much for the offer of Passionflower cuttings,however I might have to rethink as to whether they are worth it in my Zone.They sure are beautifull though.I believe one of my plants is showing some signs of life,so fingers crossed t makes it.

    Bookmark   May 20, 2012 at 11:51PM
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