Passiflora capsularis

Passiflora capsularis

Passiflora capsularis or Capsule Fruited Passion Flower has pretty but small flowers that spread a delicious sweet vanilla scent.

The flower is star shaped, 2-6 cm long, pale yellow or greenish-white.

The leaves are green and two-lobed.

The fruit is oblong, capsule-shaped, purple-red in fall when they burst open to release the seed. The flesh is inedible.

Common names:

Passion Flower, Passionflower, Capsule-Fruited Passion Flower

Synonyms:

Decaloba capsularis, Granadilla capsularis

Origin:

Eastern South America

Usage:

Ornamental

Flowering:

From May to October

Hardiness:

USDA zone 10, 5 °C

Soil:

Nutritious and well drained



Height:

1-2 m in a pot
10-12 m in its habitat

Propagation:

Seed
Cutting

Exposure:

Sun, light

Sowing instructions:

  • soak the seeds 24h in lukewarm water or orange juice
  • sow in a light mix
  • moisten
  • 20-25 °C
  • germination: a few weeks to a few months

Cutting instructions:

  • take cuttings in spring or summer
  • take cuttings at the top of the stems and make sure there is a node or a heel of older wood
  • dip the cutting in a hormone for cuttings (optional)
  • plant in a light potting soil and moisten
  • wrap everything in a plastic bag to retain moisture until the cutting is rooted

Care:

  • it is a tropical Passiflora that prefers temperatures above 18 °C. Suitable for the warm greenhouse or indoors, may be put outside during Summer.
  • water preferably every day during the summer
  • give fertilizer every 1 or 2 weeks during the growing season
  • fertilize monthly in winter
  • flowering occurs on wood of two years, keep this in mind when pruning

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