To some people, perennial Passionflower vines are a common roadside weed found in ditches and open fields. To others, it is an attractive plant, with fragrant flowers. We hope you are among those who view it as an attractive flower. Use this plant guide to learn “How to Grow Passionflower Vines” Then armed with a few seeds, get growing Passion flowers!
Passionflower Vines are native to the southeastern U.S. and South America. Depending upon who is counting, this tropical plant has 400-700 species.
Passion Flowers were originally called Maypops. In the 1500s missionaries arrived in the U.S. They believed parts of the plant and its flowers symbolized features and stages of the passion of Christ. So, they renamed it the Passion Flower.
The Passion Flower has beautiful, exotic, largely purple flowers, from 1/2″ to 6 inches in diameter. While the plant produces edible berries, they are very seedy. Jelly is made from berries.
Passionflower Vines are also called: Maypop, Treasure Flower, and African Daisies (not the same as the Annual African Daisy flower).
Passion Flower Vines attract butterflies.
Plant Height: The vines grow up to 20′ in a single season.
Amazingly, it is sometimes suggested that these plants be grown in containers, and as houseplants. Perhaps the vines can grow down from a balcony!? The height of this plant may make some uses impractical.
Perennial, Passiflora Caerulea
Patience is the rule when starting Passionflower vines from seeds. It can take from 30 days to a year for the seeds to sprout!!! As a result, we do not recommend starting seeds outdoors. Too many things can go wrong outdoors
For indoor starts, sow seed in large pots, and cover with 1/4″ of seed starting soil. Keep the soil moist. We recommend you cover the pot, to help retain soil moisture. But, be vigilant of damping-off disease in the soil.
Growing Tip: Soak seeds overnight in water, before planting.
Also, the plants can also be propagated by rooting cuttings from the softwood of the vine.
Days to Germination: 30 days to 1 year.
Once the difficult seed germination process is successfully complete, growing Passionflower plants is pretty easy.
Passionflower plants grow best in full sun to partial shade.
The vines need rich, well-draining soil to fuel their fast growth. Mix compost and manure into the soil, before planting.
For the fastest growth, fertilize monthly with a general-purpose fertilizer.
Water plants, deeply, especially in hot, dry weather.
For a nearly maintenance-free garden, add mulch around plants. Also, apply a thick layer of much in the Fall, for winter protection of the roots.
Provide a fence, trellis, or arbor, for the vines to climb.
Ideal Soil pH: 6.0 – 8.0.
Plant Problems – Identify the causes and find the cures.
Insect and disease problems are uncommon.
Plants are deer resistant.