Here is a guide to growing passion fruit, including sun requirements, when to plant and harvest. Learn about pests and troubleshooting notes.

Soil

What soil is good for Passion Fruit?

Rich, well draining soil. Before planting prepare the soil to an area of 1-2 meters wide and incorporate plenty of well rotted compost and chicken manure. 

Position

How much sun does Passion Fruit need?

Full sun.  

Frost Tolerant

Is Passion Fruit frost tolerant?

No, best planted in warm climates. 

Spacing

How much space does Passion Fruit need?

At least 5m apart. Passion Fruit spreads very easily and can get several meters high and wide in just one season. 

Planting

When should I plant Passion Fruit?

Best planted in spring or early autumn, although can be planted at anytime with extra protection from harsh winter and summer temperatures. 

Dig a hole 2-3 times the width of the root ball. The hole should allow the plant to sit at the same level in the soil as it was previously. Fill the hole with soil ensuring the crown of the plant, where roots and stem meet, is level with the soil surface. 

Plant out in the early morning or evening and/or on an overcast day. Avoid planting at peak sun times or on windy days, this will allow your plants to settle in comfortably and protect them from windburn and sunburn. 

Feeding

What do I feed Passion Fruit?

Feed with a well-balanced organic fertiliser in early spring and autumn to keep plants producing well. You can also top-dress the soil around the plant with fresh compost and chicken manure each spring. 

Add a 2-3 inch layer of mulch around the base of the vine to retain soil moisture. 

Harvesting

When can I harvest Passion Fruit?

The first fruit may appear 6-8 months after planting, however the best crop will begin at 18 months from planting. Fruit will need to fully ripen on the vine. Harvest when fruit has completely changed colour and comes away from the vine easily. 

Pests

What pests does Passion Fruit get?

 Aphids, Fruit Fly, Red Scale, Fruit Spotting Bug, Passion Fruit Mite, Mealybug

Diseases

What diseases does Passion Fruit get?

Passion Fruit Woodiness, Bacterial Spot, Bacterial Spot, Root and Collar Rot, Fusarium Wilt, Anthracnose, Scab

Notes

Is there anything else I need to know about Passion Fruit?

Some Passion Fruit varieties require a second vine for cross-pollination, however the more commonly grown varieties such as ‘Nellie Kelly’ and ‘Panama Gold’ are self-fertile. 

Give plants a light prune in late winter to early spring. 

Troubleshooting

How do I troubleshoot my growing problems?

Many Passion Fruit vines are grafted. Often, the understock (the root system your vine is grafted on to) starts to grow. It can out grow the productive vine and become difficult to manage. Always remove suckers from below the graft area and avoid damaging the root system as this can encourage further suckering. 

If your fruit is dropping off the vine prematurely, it could be due to irregular watering, fungal diseases or fruit fly damage.