Friday, February 22, 2013

Growing Passion Fruit

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.

Fertiliser - i used nitrogen rich chicken and goat manure during the early stages of growing, and in the 3rd month, i applied fruiting fertiliser.

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.

 Happy gardening!!


  1. Geram-nya! I have an ice cream recipe for passion fruit! Can I bring a basket over? hehehe!

  2. I have had mine for a year. There are many leaves but no fruits. Can you please advise?
    So envious of your plant. I have tried fruit fertilisers.

  3. Hi Petite. Thank you for sharing your interest in passion fruit. My neighbor's passion fruit plant is growing over my side of the block wall, so I was able to enjoy one of them this summer. Very tasty. I planted a seed and may have a seedling - not sure yet. Also, I have cut a few of his vines and applied root hormone and have them planted in seed tray greenhouse.

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  5. Thank you for sharing the pictures, I just bought some seeds and am really eager to get growing some delicious passionfruits!