5 Tips How To Grow a Ton of Passionfruit From ONE Passion Fruit!

Do you know how expensive passion fruit can be? It’s outrageous to pay so much money
for something that grows so easily. G’day! I’m Mark from
Self Sufficient Me and in this video I’m going to give you my 5 top tips
on how to grow a ton of passion fruit. Let’s get into it! Whew! Did you hear that? That was a passion fruit dropping,
they’re bloody heavy. Wouldn’t want that to hit you on the noggin. We had friends over for a barbie the other day
and we took them for a walk around the garden and come across the passion fruits and one of them
said ‘Ugh, passion fruits. They grow like a weed!’ And we all laughed – it’s true! Another true story was the fact that passion
fruit was the first major food crop we grew when we moved here 13 years ago in 2006. Yeah I know, another piece of
trivia you don’t care much about. Did you also know that purple
passion fruit is the most popular? And considered the best tasting variety? But I don’t agree with that assessment at all. We’re growing a green-yellow variety
that just grew wild on our property so we decided to propagate it and it has an excellent taste.
In fact, we prefer it to the purple ones. Also I know several people who prefer the oblong
banana passion fruit to the purple variety so I guess it’s personal preference
combined with the evolved variety and where it’s grown, that influences
how good different types are. Speaking of where it’s grown, passion fruit
vines are typically a subtropical to tropical plant originally from South America, so if you
want to grow it in a colder climate you can but I recommend you grow them in a hot house
or greenhouse to give it that extra warm or it likely will die through winter,
or not fruit at all. In temperate climates it’s
still fine, below subtropical but in places where it gets really cold, yeah
you’re going to have trouble growing these. Apparently the purple varieties
withstand cooler temps and this is likely true, and certainly what I’ve experienced
with purple vines growing better through our winters whereas the yellow dies back in mid winter. Tip Number One: True to type. Ugh. I was going to keep eating passion
fruit throughout the video as a prop but I’m fed up eating it already.
I’ve had about half a dozen. So I’ll just put that down for now. And don’t worry about all this
dead growth, this is normal. This time of year our passion fruit vines
die back – it’s in the middle of winter but I’ll talk about that later – hold on,
I’ll use it one more time. Select a variety that is true to type meaning that collect the seed from a passion
fruit that will come back as the parent plant. Some varieties from the nursery
are hybrid to improve taste or grafted onto a hardy rootstock to
give them better disease resistance. But I prefer to find a variety that has
these qualities anyway, right from seed and grow them over and over again. If you’ve ever experienced a passion fruit
vine that grows vigorously but doesn’t fruit it could be that the rootstock has
taken over the grafted plant. Honestly, I wouldn’t bother
growing the graft varieties. Simply crush the seeds
right out of the dried up fruit and cover with potting mix, then keep them moist
and after a few weeks they will have germinated and be ready for pricking out into individual pots. Let them grow into small plants, and
then plant them out a few feet apart. Here in the subtropics, and
with this type of passion fruit it grows faster than hair on a mole. We planted these in January 2018 and about 16 months later, in April 2019 they were already providing their first fruit. And it’s possible that in some
locations or some other varieties it could take up to three years to produce fruit. Passion fruit vines don’t tend to live
that long either, perhaps 7 years max. We generally grow ours for about
3 to 4 years, maybe 5 years max because the older the vines get,
the less productive they become. They also get diseases like woodiness virus so I recommend renewal rather
than persisting with old plants. Passion fruit will grow well in shaded positions one of the few fruiting crops that do. It also grows well in full sun and this versatility makes it one
of our favourite food plants to grow. Tip Number Two: Strong trellis. Passion fruit can become a big and heavy plant especially if you’re growing several
vines all together on the one structure. I gotta be careful here that
I don’t trip over a passion fruit and fall flat on my face in my own YouTube video! So yeah, it’s important that you
get the structure nice and strong and as you can see here, it’s got its own structure and now its taken over our gourd tunnel too. Our trellis here has a couple of
posts that are fully cemented in several other star picket posts in between and attached to that is a
strong wire trellising material. You can grow passion fruit in a general garden and it will intertwine and grow over trees and even in an ornamental garden it works quite
fine. We see it growing down in the scrub here and also in our ornamental
gardens around the property. But if you want to get serious about growing a ton of
passion fruit, you should really make a proper structure for it and there’s nothing better than
a good strong trellis like this. And then having a structure
made of that reo mesh is perfect where it can climb up and
then straddle along the top and then hang the fruits down. Flower, fruits hanging down – makes them easier to harvest and sometimes they’ll just
drop clean on your head but it’s a great way to grow passion
fruit over a high structure like that and just let it sprawl out with plenty of room. That way it’s not smothering
out the rest of your garden taking up valuable vegetable garden space or climbing in areas such
as an ornamental garden where it gets targeted by animals
and you can’t control it as well. Tip Number Three: Harvesting. Oh, how convenient! As I said earlier, our fruit are starting
to ripen within about 16 months and not all the fruit ripens at once and that’s a really good thing, because then
you don’t end up getting a whole glut of fruit. So if you do need more than
a few for a cake or something you can save the pulp by freezing until you get enough. Having said that, the end of the season,
which is usually winter or mid winter here the vines do tend to produce the most fruit which again is good because you can harvest
and eat, or store in bulk to use in the off season. I must admit at times it’s hard to tell if there
is a season at all for passion fruits here because you can go around
the property all year round and find a passion fruit ripening somewhere. Usually a passion fruit is ready to harvest when it
changes fully in colour, either to yellow or purple and has a slight give when you press on the fruit. You’ll also often find them falling from the vine and that’s a key sign that they’re ready to
eat, even if they are looking green like this or a slight shade of what they’re supposed to be. I probably should mention a few other
points about this particular variety. Don’t believe the rubbish on Google that green passion
fruits are poisonous, because that’s not the case. The reason why many of these have
not ripened fully to the full yellow is because A. The variety is more of a green tinge B. They will ripen yellower early in the
season when the weather’s still warm. But as the weather cools down, or if we
get a really cold winter like we have now passion fruits don’t ripen as good. But that doesn’t mean they’re bad. They may still
be green and the fruit may be a little more sour but generally the pulp is still developed
inside, and perfectly good to eat. But yeah if you are wondering why your passion
fruits aren’t ripening fully, that is the main reason. The good thing is often if you leave a few of those fruits that even are a bit green,
on the bench for several days they will ripen and get a little sweeter. They may not change colour to purple or yellow but they will sweeten a little,
if you want to let them wait. But they certainly are not poisonous! Of course you don’t want to be going and
eating pulp that isn’t ready yet, or juicy. You don’t want to be eating a green dry pulp – I mean
that would be a bit odd, but you get what I mean. You might also find that some might shrivel and this shrivelling is generally
a sign that it didn’t quite make it. Sometimes the pulp inside is alright but usually the pulp inside has
either not developed properly or has dried up, and the
fruit is then not good to eat. Look I don’t mean to gloat –
well maybe just a little bit but we grow so many of these that a few animals
eating some of the fruit doesn’t bother us at all so we don’t even try to net or
keep the animals like possums away. Tip Number Four: Pruning. Passion fruit vines mostly die back in winter or the colder months, especially where we are so this is the time when we
do most of our pruning. In some tropical climates, it might not die back and if that’s the case, you still might need
to prune to get rid of dead branches and let that plant breathe
again to prevent diseases. So what I’m saying is, prune as required. It won’t hurt the vine, and if
anything it’ll encourage more growth. Using this crop as an example, we initially
kept it from taking over our gourd tunnel by continuously pruning it back
until we had enough of the gourds and then we let the passion fruit vines grow for it. As you can see, the passion fruits and
the gourds ended up as one somehow. Once all the fruits have ripened, I’ll prune
this whole lot completely back to stems and mulch or chip it all to composting. And then in spring, it’ll start
growing back with a vengeance and we’ll probably end up with as much fruit,
or if not more, this next coming season. It’s timely that our passion fruit vines are
dying off now, particularly on this trellis because once they die back
and then I’ve pruned them back that’ll give more sunlight and
energy to our tomato plants just as they are coming in to ripening. Tip Number Five: Fertilising. I was watching an old episode of
Gardening Australia with Jane Edmondson in it and she was explaining that in the
old days, every passion fruit vine used to have a sheep’s liver or
ox heart stuck in the planting hole before they bung the plant in. And apparently that helped with the passion
fruit’s growth because they loved extra iron. I must admit I’ve never tried that and I don’t fertilise our passion
fruit plants very often either. Contrary to popular advice that states
that they are a fairly hungry plant I find that they grow quite
well without regular fertiliser and maybe that’s because we
grow them in good quality soil which is probably more important
than fertilising them regularly. We get plants popping up and
growing all over our property and they mostly do well
without any extra nutrients although if positioned in a forest like
area, the rich soil is likely enough. Otherwise when I do fertilise, it’ll be in
spring at the start of the growing season a few handfuls of chicken pellet manure or manures that are well rotted
from our own poultry pens or a bit of commercial blood & bone just
scattered around the base of the plants. That’s all. And then I probably wouldn’t fertilise
them again throughout the whole season. Again, that does depend on the
type of soil that you’re growing them in. Perhaps if the soil is less nutritious well then maybe it might need a bit of extra fertiliser
and compost throughout the growing season. I wouldn’t expect regular fertiliser to produce
more fruit. In fact, it might do the opposite. It might encourage a whole
lot of growth, and less fruit. So definitely don’t overdo it with love. So don’t forget my 5 top tips: True to type, Strong trellis,
Harvesting, Pruning, and Fertilising. Do all those things right, and
you’ll grow a ton of passion fruits all from one passion fruit, just like I can. If you liked this video, make sure you
give it a big passionate thumbs up and also subscribe to the
channel if you haven’t already. Share the video around, especially if you really
did like it, because other people might too Thanks a lot for watching! I don’t think I’m going to eat any more – there’s about
10 passion fruits eaten during the making of this video. Bye for now! They are good though. I know Nina loves them, my wife. Should I just finish one
more off in front of you guys? Hey? Ooh I tell you what it’s really hard to beat.

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