This is my passion fruit plant in September last year.
Here it is around a month ago
Due to the hard clay soil at my backyard, I decided to grow it in a large rectangular polystyrene pot, with the base cut off. For the next 2.5 months, the vines grew and multiplied quite aggressively with no sign of flowers. I applied some fruiting fertiliser and in its third month, and 3 weeks later, countless number of flowers started to bloom. I was elated!!
I learned from this You Tube video below on how to hand pollinate the flowers if there is an absence of buzzing bees. Use a small brush or your fingers. The flowers usually bloom only in the afternoon till late evening for a day only, so if you missed this one day chance, you'll missed pollinating it. Good news is, once it flowers, it will normally produce many continuously for 2 weeks or so.
Fruits start to form within the next few days at successful pollination. Within a few weeks, the shiny apple green fruit will grow in size.
However, sadly some suddenly stopped growing and shriveled. About 20 of them!! I have no idea why!! What a waste!!!
So I removed them and in the compost they went.
Anyway, I'm utterly delighted that the rest, almost 30+ fruits, continue to grow and glisten under the sunshine! <wide happy grin>
Fruit flies and ants started to attack a few of the fruits as I noticed holes on them and so I wrapped each fruit with expandable foam wrapper I collected from a fruit vendor.
It takes almost 3 mths from fruit formation right up to ripening when the color of the fruit turns maroon-ish. Once ripened, the fruit will fall off by itself, or they can be also be harvested by hand with a kitchen scissors.
Here's my third and most recent harvest. I made them into juice for my family at our Chinese New Year dinner at home. Yummy!!
Some growing points and observations:
Soil - needs fertile soil, best mixed with compost, soil should not be water-logged.
Weather - needs warm sunny weather. best to plant it in the east side where morning sun shines.
Diseases - the plant has strong resistance to common diseases. watch out for fruit flies and ants trying to penetrate the fruit.