Passiflora parritae, planted in the ground
I bought a Passiflora parritae on Saturday and planted it in the ground Monday. I'm hoping to follow its progress here.
I thought this might be of interest to those who have never seen the plant, but only pictures of its flowers. I'm also hoping to hear from other people about their experiences growing the plant.
In general, I want to make it easy for people to ask questions such as:
Under what conditions can P. parritae be grown?
Where can the plant be purchased?
How is it propagated?
And so on.
One general question I have is where have people bloomed the plant? Is it even possible to go to a botanical garden outside of California and see it in bloom?
I'm not an expert on the plant, but I know people who are very knowledgeable about it, so in principle I can ask.
This past Saturday was a sale at Strybing Arboretum (SF Botanical Garden). They sold several of the plants (maybe between 5 and 10?) in 1 gallon pots, for $25. This is a little higher than they typically charge for Passifloras. Here's mine when I got it home. I am about 25 miles South of San Francisco. You can't tell from this photo, but the growing tips wilted slightly in transit.
Given the fact that it wilted a bit, and also that we are expecting a heat wave this week (highs Wed/Thu 88/90), I probably should have waited to plant it in the ground. Hopefully it will be OK. I may rig up something to shade it on Wednesday and Thursday.
I planted it right where the dirt part of the yard meets my patio. The patio area is only open on the front, so that it is cave-like. So the area should be heavily sheltered. I'm not exactly sure when the area gets sun or how much. However it is considerably less than full sun.
When I removed the plant to put it in the ground, half the soil fell away. I'm used to the 1 gallon plants from Strybing being fairly root bound. Also, the plant is good sized. So this was a surprise.
So far it looks great:
Perhaps I should mention that it typically takes several years until it starts blooming. However these are particularly nice plants, so hopefully it will be a little quicker.