P. vitifolia fruit

hwyloMay 24, 2007

Was wondering what the trick is to get this plant to fruit. I've a plant, purchased a number of years ago from glasshouse works. I keep it in a pot, now a HUGE pot. I'm tired of moving back and forth to my greenhouse every November, so I want to plant it in the ground this year.

It has always flowered well, esp. in autumn, but never any fruit at all.

Clippings to continue over the winter are fairly easy. But it would be nice to have seeds if possible.

Any suggestions?

e

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karyn1(7a)

The P. vitifolia is one that fruits well for me and it has such a pretty fruit. Mine is in a container and goes under HID lights during the winter. I have no idea if it would survive the winter in zone 8? I keep mine kind of root bound, fertilize infrequently and allow to dry between waterings. I dig some chopped up banana peels into the soil every few months. The fruit takes forever to ripen and it doesn't get soft. I let mine get over-ripe so the seeds will mature. The fruit smells wonderful but the taste was very acidic. I have no idea what it's been pollinated by. I don't hand pollinate it and there's a number of other passies blooming at the same time. The seeds germinate easily even after being stored for a few months.
Karyn

    Bookmark   May 25, 2007 at 12:30AM
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kiwinut

What are you pollinating it with? If you don't have other passionflowers in bloom at the same time, you will not get fruit.

    Bookmark   May 25, 2007 at 10:56AM
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angie83(9)

They are so pretty a fruit I love the way they are so fuzzy like a peach .

    Bookmark   May 25, 2007 at 1:54PM
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chena(z8 Texas)

WOW!! Great pics!!!
I just purchased one a few of months ago.. I can hardley wait!!!
Chena

    Bookmark   May 25, 2007 at 7:50PM
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karyn1(7a)

So far the vitifolia has the prettiest fruit of any of my passies. All the others I've had have been a solid green. I have quite a few more varieties this year so hopefully I'll get more fruit. Do any of the others have different looking fruit? Angie is the skin on your vitifolia hard, almost like a shell? All my vitifolia fruit reminds me of an eggshell whereas the other varieties have always had fruit that is kind of soft when ripe.
Karyn

    Bookmark   May 25, 2007 at 9:25PM
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hwylo

P vitifolia won't survive the winters here, though w/ the way things are going I may have to eat my words. I have left a few of the clippings that have matured out over the winter and they go w/ the first heavy frost, (we don't have many, but you can count on a few!) and they don't come back from the roots.

I had another P. vitifolia close by last year, a a two year old clipping from the larger plant, and I would have thought that something would have wandered across two differnt flowers.
A number of other species amd hybrids nearby too. It was very wet last summer though, and they sprayed for mosquitoes (also responsible for eliminating almost all the Gulf Frittilary larvae, I think, that typically gorge themselves on the incarnata and caerula leaves). But I did see lots of bumble bees buzzing around.

Perhaps this year I'll try to hand pollinate, though I only have the one plant. I suppose they need to be pollinated by a flower from another plant?

All the photo's of the fruit are real nice! They look like a cross between a watermelon and a peach!
e

    Bookmark   May 25, 2007 at 10:41PM
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angie83(9)

Karyn mine is soft like a peach skin kinda like fur it is getting really big too .Its heavy I hand pollenated it sure hope it has seeds.

    Bookmark   May 25, 2007 at 11:55PM
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cocomo(z10 / PR)

Hi

I have a P. vitifolia and am having the same problem. Last year lots of flowers and no fruit. This year I have two P. edulis plants growing in the same area, and so far I
have two fruits. So my advice is to plant a few varieties close by the vitifolia.

    Bookmark   May 27, 2007 at 10:44PM
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karyn1(7a)

Angie leave the fruit on the plant until it drops. They took forever to ripen for me, but that might have been my climate. I picked some that I thought for sure would have viable seed and they were all undeveloped. The only fruit that had viable seed was left on the plant for a few months. The seed did germinate pretty fast, within a couple weeks.
Karyn

    Bookmark   May 28, 2007 at 10:13AM
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chills71(Zone 6b Mi)

For the first time in 5+ years I've got a fruit on my Vitifolia (been a good year for fruiing for me) as well as my Incense and Incarnata crosses.

Any ideas what Vitifolia crossed with incarnata will look like?

~Chills

    Bookmark   October 17, 2007 at 10:00PM
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kiwinut

>Any ideas what Vitifolia crossed with incarnata will look like?

Here is a link that might be useful:

    Bookmark   October 17, 2007 at 11:00PM
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cathys1951(z8 GA)

Can you tell me if mine is a vitifolia or not

I live in zone 8 and mine has come back for three years now. Mine is exposed to some freezing temps, it does die back after the first frost. But has never had any fruit. My neighbor has one of the maypops all over his yard so I was hopeful this would pollinate. I have never done hand pollination and not sure how to do it.

    Bookmark   November 19, 2007 at 1:33AM
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jblaschke(8b TX)

That does indeed look like vitifolia. Coccinea is a closely related species, but I do think this one is a vit.

    Bookmark   November 19, 2007 at 3:57PM
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karyn1(7a)

The foliage and flowers look just like my vitifolia. I don't think it would survive my winter but it isn't bothered by a light frost. I do bring it in before we get a hard freeze. This one does really well inside and will continue to bloom throughout the winter. It barely even drops a leaf when I take it in.
Karyn

    Bookmark   November 19, 2007 at 7:51PM
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chills71(Zone 6b Mi)

The fruit on my vitifolia fell off and is drying out, I am not optimistic about its chances for even a single seed.

The fruit on my incarnata outside are still doing great, though. Inside I still have fruit on my incense as well.

My Capsularis fruited well and seed ripened.

~Chills

    Bookmark   November 24, 2007 at 9:44AM
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