Passiflora as a Houseplant?

Whitby, ON(Zone 5b)

I received a small, young passiflora plant this past summer that I've kept inside because I'd just moved and didn't know where I could plant it. Its grown, but not much, but I've figured out how it likes to be treated so its doing better now. It has not bloomed though so I guess this is also realted to the care issue. Or perhaps its not getting enough sun - it gets dappled sun about a foot back from a south-facing window. It has a whole bunch of hoyas to compete with for the sun. Should I try to give it its own window maybe? It would be a north-facing window though and though bright, wouldn't get very much sun. I'm not sure what type of passiflora it is, but it has wide, wing-like leaves with the stem in the centre of the leaf if that helps.

Any help on this would be appreciated. Thanks very much.



Christine

Lee's Summit, MO(Zone 6a)

I have grown P. caerulea as a houseplant, as well as P. edulis - both were in south windows and grew to fill the windows and more, and practically bloomed all the time - I would say you should be successful - try it and see what happens.

Whitby, ON(Zone 5b)

Thank you so much Kay. That sounds quite promising, so I'll give it a whirl and see how well it grows. I'll move it to its own window before the weekend anyway, so as to make room for the Xmas tree.

C.

Whitby, ON(Zone 5b)

Update on this. I was able to give this plant its own narrow, but tall west-facing window and I transplanted it into a slightly larger pot. And look at the flowers that I've been rewarded with! Can anyone identify this? I think I was told that it was P. caerulea but I can't clearly remember. The flowers are about the size of a quarter. Thanks!

Christine

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Gulfport, FL(Zone 9b)

P.coriacea. :-)

Whitby, ON(Zone 5b)

Thanks so much for the ID gordo!

Gulfport, FL(Zone 9b)

You're very welcome.

If you would like to grow a real sweetie of a passie indoors, try P. muracuja.
Very small leaves and plant. Tint but unusual and beautiful flowers.

This message was edited Mar 30, 2009 1:17 PM

Gulfport, FL(Zone 9b)

Here's a pic of P. muracuja.

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Whitby, ON(Zone 5b)

You know, gordo, hoya addicts like myself naturally gravitate to orchid addiction too, but I have mightily resisted it myself (although I do have one orchid). However, I am "feeling the lure" of these little passion flowers very strongly. Although this is my only one, it delights me that I know its name now, and I already have a little stake ready to put in its pot with its name on it when I get home. And now, you, gordo, are feeding my weak nature with pictures of even prettier little flowers .... thank you so much! I'll have to find that one now too .... And of course I'll have to remember to check this forum daily for more and more.... lol

Thanks again.

Christine

Gulfport, FL(Zone 9b)

Enjoy!

North Augusta, ON

Christine...do you find it a spider mite magnet? I've got passie seeds coming and every time I try a flowering vine indoors I get inundated with them.

Whitby, ON(Zone 5b)

Not so far LeeAnn. I keep watching it though, because I've been told these are spider mite magnets. Someone told me to use Saffers soap if it does develop them. I'm thinking the neem oil mixture would work just fine as I've gotten rid of spider mites on hoyas with that.


Christine

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