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Old 04-14-2007, 04:24 AM
 
Location: NE Florida
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Good morning
I was at the nursery yesterday getting mulch for a friend and saw 2 of the blue passion flowers. Nice size for $4 how could I resist
Here is a picture of the flowers it will be getting can you see why I had to buy them.
http://i51.photobucket.com/albums/f399/myfask/passionflower.jpg (broken link)
Problem is I know nothing about these. Except they are a vine that can grow 10'
Any experts out there that can fill me in

Thanks so much

Karla
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Old 04-14-2007, 06:02 AM
 
Location: a primitive state
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Put them next to your fence in the sun. If I remember correctly, they send out little tendrils that grasp onto things. So if your fence is smooth or they seem to be having a time grabbing hold, poke in a couple of stakes behind them. I don't think you need to tie them.
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Old 04-14-2007, 08:20 AM
 
Location: Marion, IN
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They grew wild where I just moved from in SC. The blooms are awesome, but they don't last very long (if I remember correctly).
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Old 04-14-2007, 06:50 PM
 
Location: NE Florida
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thanks ladies
my hubby cut some copper pipe into 5' sections and I put them in a 20" pot teepee fashion and ran the runners up the pipe. it looks pretty good I can;t wait till it fills in.
I was in a generous mood so offered the 2nd one to my sister
the rain has started everyting is so dry here we are 6" below in rainfall.
have a great night everyone
karla
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Old 04-20-2007, 11:49 AM
 
Location: california
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Oh my god, after seeing them take over a whole yard so bad the last people that lived there actually had to try to burn them out I see nothing good about a passion fruit plant unless you keep it in a small confined area. They climed our trees and the neighbor's trees, the garage, fences, everywhere.

Be careful so they don't get out of hand like they do here in California
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Old 04-22-2007, 03:44 AM
 
Location: NE Florida
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Thanks for the heads up

karla
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Old 11-03-2007, 05:13 PM
 
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I had the common 'lilikoi' here in Hawaii. Planted from a small cutting, it grew over a 16' x 8' high trellis of 4x4's. Then, it headed for the papaya trees and the clothes line. Then, I cut it down.

It was scary, even for here where things really go.
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Old 12-30-2007, 03:27 PM
 
Location: finally in NC!
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Default purple passion vine

Hi, Karla,

If you keep your vines, plant them where they can't reach out their tendrils to another plant, because they can really overrun anything vertical. They're hard to get rid of. The upside is: the flowers are the favorite of monarch butterflies!
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Old 07-15-2009, 07:58 AM
 
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You can get more information than you ever wanted here
Passiflora (Passion Flower) Forum - GardenWeb

It looks like you can grow it from seeds of the fruit that you buy in the grocery store, and some varieties do grow wild here. I had some along my driveway, although it didn't get very big and I never saw any fruit. I'm guessing that the deer got it.
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Old 07-15-2009, 06:15 PM
 
Location: Rocket City, U.S.A.
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Passiflora can go crazy and become invasive...I had some do VERY well in SoFl and was grooming them every week and pulling runners to pot and give away.

Now, here we have seasons so it isn't as urgent, but I still made sure I planted mine where I can keep it under check - an isolated (ugly) tree lacking lower branches - perfect - and a trellis at the back of one area near the retaining wall. I have ample room to walk around and check for new growth and get between the bushes to keep them from becoming...overcome.

The hummingbirds LOVED the flowers last year - was fun to watch then drink...am thinking part of why I have not seen very many so far 2009 is that I don't have the flowers to attract them yet. (Weird, late in arriving, had a few visits and lacking since then...my neighbor has his feeder out too, but nothin' doin'...)

I should see blooms soon, vine was also late.
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