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First time grower of Passion flower

Posted by djp48 Cardiff UK (My Page) on
Tue, Jun 21, 05 at 18:22

I was given a small cutting of a passion flower(passiflora caerulea) 18 months ago. I planted it out in the spring of 2004 and not knowing anything about it just left it to chance. I covered the roots with straw in the winter, it is now nearly 8 foot high and supporting more than 60 flowers. I need to prune it before it escapes onto the roof over the front door, when is the best time to do this and how far can I prune it back?
The stem was attacked during last year and has some of the outer bark missing, will this leave the plant open to any infection or attack?

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RE: First time grower of Passion flower

I trim mine when it starts getting cool. Taking the vine down about 1/4 height/width with each cutting until it is about 1/4 the original size/height. I spread that out over several weeks so that the plant does not have a freak out attack.

If you have out of control bits now, you can just trim those off and it should not bother the majority of the plant.


RE: First time grower of Passion flower

Bearing in mind that you are growing in UK (much cooler than Dallas usually though 30C in London today!) this time of year is a good time to prune-when the plant is growing strongly. As Tiger says do a bit at a time though or the plant could go into shock. Don't worry re bark damage.

RE: First time grower of Passion flower

  • Posted by djp48 Cardiff UK (My Page) on
    Wed, Jun 22, 05 at 11:16

Thanks both of you for the advice, will do it very carefully, don't want to stress the plant.
Temperature here today is 28C, next week I guess we will be back to a normal British summer.....!

RE: First time grower of Passion flower

i never did get used to the celsius/fahrenheit conversions!

what growing zone are you in the uk? lovely that you are able to overwinter you cerulae!

RE: First time grower of Passion flower


Where can I buy Passion flowers to grow here? I'm very attracted to how it looks and want to give it a try. Any tips? Is now a good time to plant?

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