This is a climbing vine with tendrils that grows very fast and provide fruit from about 18 months (although mine is flowering at 12 months), I have read that they should be replaced every three to five years as they lose vitality. I have both Panama Red and Panama Gold, as well as another grafted variety from Bunnings. The first two vines (Panama) were planted out of season and are probably about a year old now. It seemed to take forever for them to grow, but they are really bushy now and grow new vines every day... there were some trying to get into the bedroom window a fortnight ago which were tied down - and now this morning there were another three! I didn't prune them back this spring as I wasn't aware that you should - fruit are born on new growth. I had a fair few flowers from about a month ago, however no fruit developed. A quick check on google advised that it was likely poor pollination so I have been hand pollinating for about a week, still no fruit visible at this stage but maybe a bit early to tell if it has made a difference. The flowers are really beautiful - not what I was expecting at all! The pollen is found under the five stamens you can see in the picture. The carpel section is (I think) the three ovaries that come from what I imagine will be the developing fruit... To hand pollinate I have been using my finger to collect the pollen off the stamen, then touching the underside of each ovary and if there is more than one flower I have been trying to transfer pollen from other flowers as well so each flower gets at least two hand pollination attempts.

There is a good factsheet provided by the Qld Government which I have found very interesting and helpful. http://www2.dpi.qld.gov.au/horticulture/5524.html

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  • Some of the passionfruit at Bunnings are self sterrile. The Pandora isn't but the Panama Gold and Grafted black I planted were. Luckily I had these three plants and after experimenting with different cross pollination combinations worked out that the grafted black crossed successfully with the Gold and vice versa, the Pandora worked on the grafted black also. The problem then was that the black's flowers opened at about 8:00am and by the time the golds opened at about 2:00pm, the black's pollen had been stolen by the insects. So I had to harvest the anthers and then pollinate with them in the afternoon. Then of course the blacks didn't have enough flowers some days to pollinate all the golds. I used twizzers and just applied the anther to the 3 stigmas. One anther would do 6 stigmas (2 flowers) each flower has 5 anthers so in other words one flower does 10. This is a big time commitment everyday so after the first season I removed the self sterile plants and have only planted self pollinating ones. I advise to only buy from nurserys and check they are self pollinating. I have grown seedlings from self pollinating plants also with success.

    • I was reading about pollination for passionfruit the other day and all the sources said yellow passionfruit needs a pollinator of a different variety.  I used to have a very productive yellow passionfruit vine at my parent's, we never had any problems with pollination, maybe because I happened to have a couple of the red or black ones from one of the council's free plant event at the time, or it could be the carpenter bees that visits regularly :)  

      I planted two types at my last place, the yellow one, and one bought as group purchase on BLF (not sure what it is, could be passiflora arida, or passiflora incarnata), the yellow one was in the local possum path, and always gets eaten when it almost got up to the top of the fence.   The latter is a much smaller vine than the usual passionflower vines I seen, dies down in winter, and flowers in summer, but never fruited.  It could be a lack of pollination since I don't see any other passionfruit vines around in that area.  I've never seen any carpenter bees around there either... 

      I reckon being in the right neighbourhood helps :P  

      • There are self pollinating and self sterile strains of all varieties of passionfruit.

    • Hello Lissa and everyone! I'm following this conversation apparently - popped up on my phone! I didn't know that about the black passionfruit. I only have bunnings for plants now in regional Victoria - hopefully if I can ever get my passionfruit up successfully past the resident rats :( on the fence it will actually produce fruit! *sigh*
      • Hey Scarlett :D

        Good to hear from you and have you join in the conversation again. How's the garden going?

    • That's a lot of work to go to to achieve fruit. You must like your passionfruit.

      This is a very old conversation thread Ian and most of the people here are no longer active so may not respond. You could start a new discussion in the Forum (top menu) if you want to get conversation going with current contributors to the site. Up to you :)

  • Just reading over the posts and this has sadly reminded me about my passion fruit vine i have left behind at my old house. {we have just recently moved house}  ....

    THIS MIGHT HELP SOMEONE ?? - i grew my passionfruit  in CLAY SOIL/rock garden, pure; light grey clay, that you could make pottery cups out of and that clay was covered with pebbles..... i dug a small enough hole, for passion fruit plant, put a bit of seed raising mix in hole, mixed with a little blood n bone, placed plant in, backfilled with clay and put pebbles back and neglected !!!! (was more a experiment than anything else - that actually worked lol} Less than 6 months, i had a beautiful, healthy passion fruit vine, bursting with fruit, covering the area that i wanted for shade and every week or so, i had to trim it back, to keep it from growing out of control.  {i grew mine across wire, making a roof, for shade - shaded out my kitchen and lounge windows} 

    In a year i did learn, when leaves start falling off, it needs watering! and when its not a lush green, i did gave it some seaweed  {twice in one year, maybe 3 times ?} and thats all i did...

    if i lived there still, i would giving it a good dose of liquid manure but ah we were moving.... {come on nearly a year a half and only seaweed and water ?? dont ask me how it survived LOL}  

    WISH I HAD BETTER PHOTOS, i loved the flowers! ....this was the day we moved and our mates stripped it of all its fruit, before leaving... {and it did need some TLC but ah we were moving} 34635536?profile=RESIZE_480x480

    • The fruits looks huge! Did u buy the plant or raised it from seeds?
      • i got that plant from bunnies. {sorry my kids call it bunnies, instead of bunnings} and i just picked up another pot of passionfruit vine, from there last night and a few herbs to get me started.... now i have to decide where to grow my vine, as i just finished looking around my yard and i can't seem to find the kind of clay i had at my last property lol ... i might plant it next to the pergola, that is ripping and start training it grow over it, once it does ill cut all the ripped material away and have a vine over it instead. 

  • An update on this subject...

    My panamas flowered proficiently, has heaps of luscious growth and keeps trying to get inside, but no fruit was set - Anthony thought it might be boron deficiency which I treated but maybe too late for that season. I pruned it back hard in disgust, vowed to ignore it this year and not fertilise or water it as everyone else seems to get them to grow without trying! There is heaps of new growth but no flowers yet.

    Of course just to be spiteful Ashley's bunnings grafted variety fruited, not a whole heap - maybe 15 in total, but still better than my big fat zero... his hasn't been pruned as it had fruit and already has flowers for this new season!?!
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