Passiflora 'Mission Dolores' first bud?
As some are aware, I've posted on P. 'Mission Dolores' blooming in the past. That was on a plant in a pot in Sunnyvale, CA (about 45 miles South of San Francisco). I'm in a new location, and this is a new plant, growing in the ground, in San Carlos, CA. I'm closer to San Francisco (now 25 miles away). Our climate is a few degrees milder, although still much warmer (and sunnier) in the summer than in the city itself.
Here's the plant I bought in April, at a sale at Strybing Arboretum. It was probably $15, for a plant in a "half gallon" pot. I almost immediately put the plant in the ground.
The plant has grown considerably, and I want to start a bunch of cuttings soon. I also have been checking it for buds, particularly with cooler weather coming. This is a plant that can't be grown/bloomed in most of the country. It does great in San Francisco, but really doesn't like it when it gets in the 80s and 90s. I think we only had a couple days this summer in the 90s. We averaged about 75/55, with about 20 days each with highs in the 80s and 60s since the beginning of June. Our highest low temperature was 60. We typically get a heat wave (90s) in September, and it looks like we might avoid that this year. The plants will be happy.
Today I noticed a tiny bud on my plant. I didn't think it was viable, but I was excited because more should follow.
(the big leaves are from Salvia wagneriana, which is in a pot and should bloom this winter. The other vine is Cardiospermum halicacabum, which is blooming like crazy and is just starting to form its seed pods)
The P. 'Mission Dolores' vine has grown vigorously, including into the darkest part of my growing area. It's almost like a cave up there, and I doubt it gets any sunlight. You can probably tell the leaves are sort of curled up due to the lack of bright light.
I was thinking about harvesting some of those vines for cuttings, but then I noticed the feature indicated by the blue arrow above. Magnified (2/3 of the way to the left):
Or seen from below:
And magnified again:
I'm glad I saw this before removing the vine for cuttings. I thought about taking it out several weeks ago. Hopefully this bud will be viable. I should find out in the next few days. The peduncle (flower stem) is only about 2 1/2 or 3 inches long. I hope that it will become particularly long due to the low light in this area.
Below is a link to our weather record, so people can see the sort of climate this plant grows in. The hisorical "averages" are bogus as far as I'm aware. It's not that hot here. I'm not sure what's up with the precipitation (or wind) records. We typically get about 20 inches of rain a year, none in the summer.
Here is a link that might be useful: Weather over the last year in San Carlos, CA