Gardening

Passionflower: an exceptional climber


Passionflower is a climbing plant native to tropical America offering exceptional flowering.

In summary, what you need to know:

Last name : Passiflora caerulea
Family : Passifloraceae
Type : Climbing

Height
: 5 to 10 m
Exposure : Sunny
Ground : Ordinary but well drained

Foliage
: Persistent -Flowering : May to October

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Planting passionflower

You can plant your passionflower inautumn or to spring but outside the frost period. It is a plant which is not very sensitive to the nature of the soil but it will always be better in a rich, well-drained soil.

  • Avoid planting in winter as it could be fatal.
  • Also avoid planting your passionflower in high heat.
  • Provide a regular watering after planting, especially if it takes place in the spring.

Passionflower needs to form its roots in the soil the first year before the cold weather arrives.

Passionflower cutting:

There are 2 techniques to multiply your passionflower, sowing and cutting.

Passiflora is propagated by seed throughout the year, taking care to soak the seeds for 24 hours before planting them. Note that the plant multiplies spontaneously by seed.

You can also multiply your passionflower by cuttings during the summer, ideally around the months of June to September.

Pruning and caring for passionflower

Prune the plant after flowering in order to limit its vegetation.

Its development is rapid and the size will onlyimprove the next flowering.

  • You can reduce twigs the year of a good half.
  • Remove withered flowers As things progress.

Passionflower in winter:

In case of harsh climate in winter, prefer a container plantation that you will shelter from the frost before the first frosts.

In case of mild winter climate, you can plant the Passiflorea caerulea in the ground, protecting the foot with a good mulch.

  • In winter, protect the base of the plant with a mulch because the cold could be fatal.
  • Do not leave the passionflower outdoors as soon as the temperatures drop below 0 °, except Passiflora caerulea which is resistant to -10 °.

Watering passionflower:

Water your passionflower liberally after planting and then regularly during summer and in very hot weather.

The water needs of passionflower depend a lot on heat and climate, make sure it is not going to rain before watering.

Varieties and species of passionflower

The genus Passiflora has more than 500 species and not all are cultivated in the same way, nor in the same climate.

If the Passiflora caerulea is almost the only one to be grown outdoors in our regions, here are some interesting varieties and species:

> The Passiflora caerulea. It is at the same time rustic, resists temperatures close to -10 ° and it is extremely decorative. It is the one that we encounter the most in our latitudes.

> The Passionflower Edulis. Often grown indoors, in greenhouses or verandas, it is less hardy. But it is edible and used in cooking.

> Passiflora Purple Haze. Pale mauve and fragrant color.

To know about passionflower

In the time of Moctezuma, the Passion flower was cultivated in the gardens of the Aztec rulers.

The passionflower that we grow in our climates is thePassiflora caerulea or Passilflore bleu.

Magnificent climbing plant whose flowers recall the symbols of the Passion of Christ, it is also called Passion flower.

You will make her grow against a wall by training her on a trellis, it will also be perfect for dressing a pergola or as a houseplant.

Smart tip

In colder regions, cover the foot well during winter and put a mulching thick to protect it from the cold.


Read also :

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