Tags: Certified Organic Open Pollinated

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Latin Name: Passiflora incarnata

Days to Maturity: 120

Description:

A little-known and much undervalued fruiting vine native to the Eastern USA, passionfruit, (also known as maypop), is truly an amazing plant worthy of much wider planting. The life-size, gorgeous flowers, would alone qualify it for ornamental planting, yet it also produces a tasty and useful fruit. This species spans the tropics and is common and loved the world over, from Hawai'i to South America to India and beyond, and yet, here in the woods and railroads of the Eastern USA, we have our very own cold-hardy species that also makes an edible fruit that somehow escapes notice. This is one of those things that when you discover it, it really makes you wonder why almost no one gives this plant any notice. Perhaps one of the reasons is that the fruit often times tastes bland and uninteresting. That was our thought for many years. However, in 2017 we discovered in Lexington, KY a small planting of passionfruit vines that not only were making much larger than average fruits, they also tasted delicious! They tasted nearly as good as their tropical cousins, with a refreshing juiciness and a pineapple/banana flavor. We saved seeds from these superior vines and in 2018 are starting them in our nursery and offering them for sale.
Passionfruit vines, being hardy natives, are little touched by insects or disease of any kind, and are quite productive of fruits. The vines grow vigorously and will soon climb and cover arbors, fences, decks, etc, making a wonderful natural screen and shade. One vine seems able to produce about 15-20 fruits per season, which is September-November. The vines and leaves, when made into teas, powders or tinctures are a potent relaxant and sleep aid and sold in the health food industry for that use. The flowers come on around July-August and are just stunning, and a favorite of bumble bees.

Plant Size: 6-12" Tall in 3-CELL BUNDLE (3 PLANTS)


Story of this Seed:

In 2017 we discovered in Lexington, KY a small planting of passionfruit vines that not only were making much larger than average fruits, they also tasted delicious! They tasted nearly as good as their tropical cousins, with a refreshing juiciness and a pineapple/banana flavor. We saved seeds from these superior vines and in 2018 are starting them in our nursery and offering them for sale.

The name "passionfruit" was given to the vines not because they invoke amorous feelings but because early missionaries in what would become the USA imagined symbols of the crucifixion of Jesus Christ within the anatomy of the unusual flowers themselves. This is interesting and worth reading about. Here is a good link on wikipedia about the native passionfruit: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Passiflora_incarnata . We're pleased to be offering these superior passionfruit genetics along to you.


Growing Tips:

The flowers begin to come on around July-August and are just stunning. Plants vines about 3-4 feet apart as early in the season after all danger of frost. Very winter hardy once established. Come winter it dies back to the ground in zone 6 but in late spring will resprout from it's roots and flower and fruit again, thus it is a PERENNIAL. In Zones 8-10 may become a permanent woody vine. Will flower and fruit usually the same year of planting if planted in spring.
These seedlings come from superior fruiting vines of excellent quality, size and flavor and represent much better than average genetics. See photos.

RECOMMENDED FOR ORGANIC GROWING - CERTIFIED ORGANIC

Resistant to: Highly resistant to insects and disease in general. Watch out for Japanese beetles, which can sometimes eat the flowers.

Pollination: Self-Pollinating

Plant Size: 6-12" Tall in 3-CELL BUNDLE (3 PLANTS)

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Superior Hardy Passionfruit

Unit SizePriceDescription
3 Plants $24.95 (1) 3-Cell Pack containing 3 Plants

$24.95

Peaceful Heritage Nursery

Stanford, KY, United States (Zone 6)
Established in 2014
4.00 acres in production

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