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Plant a Passion Vine for Delicious Fall Fruit

Passion Vines are native to South American. They are found growing in tropical and subtropical regions of Brazil, Paraguay and Northern Argentina.

Passiflora edulis ‘Frederick’ is a cultivar which produces large, eye-catching blooms of white and lavender, from early summer and into the fall. The filaments of the flower become wavy and white as they protrude away from the center of the flower, creating an intriguing display. These fragrant blooms alone will allow you to enjoy this vine for a long season. The nectar produced attracts many pollinators, including: honey bees, carpenter bees, gulf fritillary butterflies and hummingbirds.

Passiflora edulis ‘Frederick’ is also one of the hardiest passion vines available. This vine can withstand some minor frosts, and while it usually remains evergreen in mild winter areas, it can become semi-deciduous in colder regions. Passiflora edulis ‘Frederick’ is a fast-growing vine, and can reach up to 15-20′ tall. But it can be kept at a smaller height by cutting it back to around 1′ tall in the winter.

This passion vine likes a moderate amount of water and thrives in full sun to part shade. It should be planted with plenty of soil amendment mixed in with the native soil, to ensure good drainage.

‘Frederick’ is said to be one of the best fruit-producing passion vines. It develops large fruit, up to 3″ long and oval in shape, ripening from green to a deep, rich purple color. The fruits are produced in late summer and fall. They follow pollination, after around 80 days. This vine is self-pollinating, so there is no need to plant more than one, unless of course, you want more beautiful flowers and delicious fruit! This vine is perfect for growing on trellises, archways and arbors. USDA Zones: 8-10.

Stop by the nursery to check out our passion vines laden with fruit!

Buy Passion Fruit vines at Evergreen Nursery in San Leandro

Passion Fruit found at Evergreen Nursery in San Leandro

Uses for Passion Fruits They make great additions to salads, ice cream, baked goods, cocktails and teas. Wait until the fruit turns purple and falls to the ground to use, and preferably even longer, until the skin starts to wrinkle, for maximum sweetness!


 

Planting and Care for Passion Vines

  • Plant in full sun or part shade.
  • Plant in well-drained soil.
  • Amend heavy soils with Greenall’s Firmulch to aid drainage.
  • Prefers neutral to acidic soil pH.
  • Water needs are moderate.
  • Mulch base with bark mulch to conserve soil moisture.
  • Regularly apply Sluggo to prevent slug and snail damage.