Coccinea (Red Granadilla) Question

passionlove(z 9 FL)May 16, 2008

I just found one of these at Walmart. They also had a whole bunch of mislabeled Inspiration vines. The distributor had a pictured label of blue caerulea. Anyway, my question is about the coccinea.

Does it need to be cross pollinated, and with what? I currently have an inspiration vine, lady lavender, lady Margaret, and an inarnata(that is not in great shape). Any other suggestions about this vine. I know they all seem to have different care requirements. Thanks:)

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wilmington_islander(9A/Sunset 28)

Many plants labeled coccinea are in fact, vitifolia. If this is the case with you, consider yourself lucky, as it is not as temperamnetal. Cross pollination witha related species ( like another vitifolia or coccinea) worls best. Let the fruit ripen for a month after falling before eating.

    Bookmark   May 16, 2008 at 6:53PM
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jblaschke(8b TX)

The easiest way to tell the difference between vitifolia and coccinea are by the leaves. Vitifolia with have tri-lobed leaves that resemble grape leaves, whereas coccinea leaves are generally single-lobed. Coccinea are temperamental in regards to flowering (I've got one and have yet to have it flower) but they and vitifolia will cross-pollinate each other easily and produce viable seed (they're closely related).

    Bookmark   May 16, 2008 at 10:01PM
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passionlove(z 9 FL)

Yes I believe mine is a vitofolia. It has the grape looking tri-lobed leaves, but some of the leaves near the base are single-lobed. This vine has quite a few buds on it. Anyway, guess I'll have to try and pollinate it with what I have for now. Thanks.

    Bookmark   May 16, 2008 at 11:08PM
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karyn1(7a)

My vitifolia has some unlobed leaves as well. It's not uncommon. It's one of my favorite passies, blooms beautifully and can take a fair amount of abuse without suffering. It also has pretty striped fruit.
Karyn

    Bookmark   May 18, 2008 at 8:41AM
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wilmington_islander(9A/Sunset 28)

very closely related species...but eh "juvenile" leaves on vitifolia do, indeed, resemble coccinea. They are more easily distingushed once the plant is a few months old. Still, for subtropical climates, grwon outdoors, vitifolia is a hands down winner over coccinea.

    Bookmark   June 1, 2008 at 12:19AM
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