Pruning passion flowers

ifraser25(z11 Brazil)March 3, 2007

When is the best time to prune passion flowers and how hard should they be cut back? I have several large Passiflora edulis ( + a couple of others ). The P.edulis is now about 20m from base to tip (50 feet) Only the top third or so of it is still in leaf. It seems to have done flowering and fruiting for this season. We have had 100s of delicious fruits, which we mostly made into juice and jelly, though it's also v nice squeezed on salads. The plants are now about 4 years old and up to now have only been given a light trim.

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garyfla_gw(10 Florida)

Hi
Only have the ornamental types ,a red and a purple.Have no idea which types.Both grow at unbelieveable speed.
For the red I'd suggest pruning every other day lol.
It is beautiful but soooo invasive . Can't help with the edible kinds as I only grow useless plants for some reason, lol gary

    Bookmark   March 4, 2007 at 6:21AM
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ifraser25(z11 Brazil)

Thanks. I think I'm going to cut them hard back. They are such vigorous plants I'm sure they'll resprout. How long can you expect a passion flower to live on average? Or are they just old soldiers...?

    Bookmark   March 4, 2007 at 6:50PM
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mersiepoo(6)

Once again, I'm green with envy! :> I have a passiflora decainsea (sp?) that is barely clinging to life at the moment. The poor dear is not happy about the drafty cold room we are in right now. But, it's not dead yet! I pruned off the dying main stem, and it's still slowly turning brown. : Hopefully in my next life I can be reincarnated into a tropical place. :D

    Bookmark   March 5, 2007 at 7:53PM
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karyn1(7a)

I chop them way back when they grow out of control and get on my nerves. I've never had a problem with any of my passiflora putting out new growth no matter if I cut it a little or almost to the soil line. All my passies are grown in containers.
Karyn

    Bookmark   March 6, 2007 at 10:14PM
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orangeglove(7)

I plan on cutting my passion vines back pretty good this winter so I can clear the fence for next year. I have never had a problem of them coming back although sometimes I wonder. I was just wondering how much water to give them during the winter months so they don't take so long in the spring to start growing?

    Bookmark   October 5, 2007 at 10:08AM
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karyn1(7a)

Unless you are having a severe drought I wouldn't water inground passies at all during the cold months while they are dormant. Cold wet roots promote rot.
Karyn

    Bookmark   October 5, 2007 at 12:35PM
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