Blue Passion Osaka Flower (10 Seeds)
This flower is native to South America (Argentina, Paraguay, Uruguay and Brazil). It is a vigorous, deciduous or semi-evergreen tendril vine growing to 10 m (33 ft) or more, with palmate leaves and fragrant, blue-white flowers with a prominent fringe of coronal filaments in bands of blue, white, and brown. The ovoid orange fruit ( Passion Fruit ) grows to 6 cm (2 in). It is edible but bland. Can be used as a substitute for Black Berries.
Also known as mburucuyá in Guaraní. Other names include blue crown, flower of five wounds, southern beauty, wild apricot.
Blue passion flower is an extremely fast growing vine that may grow up to 30' a season. This is one of the hardiest passion flowers. It is primarily known for its intriguing creamy-white flowers with purple-blue zoned coronas. The vines cling to just about anything with their tendrils, but do still need a trellis or arbor for best effect.
- Hardy Zones: 2 - 11
- Flower Dia.: 12cm (4.72'')
- Pleasant Fragrant
- Beautiful Blooms
- Legendary flower of the most epic summons
Sowing: Sow in late winter/late spring and late summer/autumn.
Prior to Sowing, Soak the seeds for 24 hours. If soaking for longer the water should be changed daily. Seeds may swell up when they are soaked. As each seed swells it should be removed and sown before it has time to dry out. and the remainder pricked gently with a pin and returned to soak. Sow seeds in a peaty compost, 'just cover' with ¼ in of soil as the seeds need light to germinate.
Germination of Passiflora can occur in weeks or take several months. If your home is on the low side of 20°C (68°F), your seeds will benefit from bottom heat with an electric soil warming cable kit, or a heating mat. It will stimulate early growth, and help seeds to germinate and cut the germination time by half. Cover the top of the pot with clear plastic so the humidity will remain high.
When you see some tiny plants starting to sprout, open the top of the pot, a little each day, so that the new seedlings don't go into shock from the humidity being lowered too quickly. Prick out each seedling as it becomes large enough to handle, transplant into 7.5cm (3in) pots. Pot as required. These plants have very fragile white roots and should be handled with care when potting up. Try not to expose the roots to sunlight.
Grow under glass in loam-based potting compost in full light with shade from hot sun. You may need to water your plants on a daily basis during the hottest summer months. During the winter the roots should be kept moist, but as growth will be much slower you will probably only need to water once a week, depending on growing temperature. Fertilize at least once every two weeks in the growing season.
If planting outdoors, gradually acclimatise to outdoor conditions for 10-15 days before planting out, space 30cm (12?) apart. Passion flowers like full sun and will scramble over trees and shrubs to get it.
Pot grown plants:
If the pot is too large or they have an unrestricted root run then the whole plant will simply get bigger but it will refuse to flower and produce fruits.
By limiting the pot size you are limiting the ability to grow and this is seen as a threat, so the natural mechanism is to produce seeds for the next generation. A suitably sized pot for an adult plant would generally be of 30cm (12?) in diameter.
Pruning is a must to keep the vine healthy. Prune off less vigorous growth and occasionally prune back vigorous growth to promote flowering. When established, and without care, the passion fruit can easily overtake other garden plants, shading them from sun. Prune in late winter or spring, by shortening side shoots to within three to four buds of the permanent framework of branches. This induces more compact growth and promotes the formation of flower buds in the shortened shoots.