Successfully growing passion fruit is exciting!
And we’re talking about growing passion fruit (aka lilikoi), not just lovely passion flowers. Those blooms are gorgeous. But passionfruit is an extra delicious reward.
Why grow passion fruits and passion flowers?
Lilikoi fruit is unlike any other fruit. And, usually, you’ll find it in abundance in tropical locations like Hawai’i. But, if you don’t live somewhere tropical(ish), passion fruit may seem impossible to grow. However, we’ve proven you can grow this tasty fruit even in the Pacific Northwest.
So, what’s the trick to getting fruit on our vines?
- First, choosing a variety that will produce fruit.
- Then, be sure that variety is winter hardy in your areas.
- But, if it gets too cold where you live for any fruiting variety, there’s still hope.
- In this case, grow your vines in a big, moveable pot.
- And, be sure you have somewhere warm you can stash during the cold.
So, why not grow something easier than passionfruit vines?
Passionfruit’s vigorous vine produces out-of-this-world flowers. And, those flowers are followed by an unparalleled slurpy, tangy, tropical-flowery, sweet-sour, crunchy delight passion fruit. And, bonus, the fruit is contained in its own reusable cup!
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Why not just buy passionfruit at the grocery store?
Passionfruit isn’t readily available at the grocery store. And, if you do find it for sale in a non-tropical spot, it’s going to be very expensive. It’s one of those rare things we actually have to go to its place of growth to enjoy. It’s no lime or pineapple, mango or papaya, or any number of off-season imports we so easily find at the grocery year-round.
Plus, nothing made to taste like passionfruit actually tastes as good. Something is always lost in translation.
I’m growing a Passiflora plant, but the fruits are empty.
We hear this a lot. That’s because in the Seattle area, the hardiest passionflower vines don’t produce viable fruit. Instead, they put on a lot of gorgeous flowers. And, those flowers may form pods, but those pods just don’t have anything inside. So, if you’re growing a cultivar like ‘Dark Knight’, don’t be surprised if you get pretty flowers and empty pods.
So, which fruiting Passiflora plants do perform in colder climates?
We’ve tried a couple of Passiflora cultivars over the years, and in our experience ‘Frederick’ is the best fruiting Passiflora for our area. That’s because it grew and produced fruits for us for several years. But, we did keep it in a large pot. And, we did keep it in an unheated greenhouse in winter. Moreover, when long freezing periods settled in, we moved the potted plant into our heated basement temporarily.
Where can you buy this passion fruit plant?
Raintree nursery often has ‘Frederick’ in stock. In fact, this is where we purchased our first plant.
Learn about harvesting passionflower fruit when you’re growing passion fruit in your garden.