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Tips for growing passionfruit

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Re: No luck with passionfruit

Hi @Isobel, I'd be holding off until things warm up a little.
What you'll find is that the nursery generally won't stock passionfruit until the best planting time so use that as your trigger.

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passionfruit blossomed in every way when I did this

before planting my grafted Nelly passionfruit I chose a site that had the roots in shade and the vine itself able to attach to a wide trellis  that was subject to full north sunlight and west sunlight. then on either side of where I intended to plant the passionfruit  plant  I dug two holes about 60 cm feet deep.  into each hole I added a cattle liver in each hole (Had to order from the butcher).  The livers were huge. then covered each liver with 15 cm of pulverized 12 month old  sheep manure.  Then, without disturbing the holes with a liver in each one I dug the hole where the passionfruit was to go.  Added 15 cm of gypsum in the bottom of that hole.  forked it in a little. them planted  the  passionfruit and filled the rest of the hole with the soil in the vicinity.  For the first year it hardly moved.  In the second year it took off like a racing car at the start of a race.  mulched around the plant, keepin any mulch 15 cm away from the stem at all times.  rarely  watered it as the roots are cool. it is the leaves that are drawing energy from the sun.  Gave  it a top up just recently with some Neutrog fertilizer as it has lots of flower buds.  My rule  for my garden us to focus most of my effort on the soil and the plant will respond accordingly.


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Community Manager Jason
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Re: passionfruit blossomed in every way when I did this

Brilliant result. Many thanks for sharing @Suzie72.


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Re: passionfruit blossomed in every way when I did this

thank you Jason. My garden started as pure hard clay.  That abundance of clay is no longer as obvious in parts of the garden as I make use of masses of gypsum. There is almost no gypsum amount I would call "too much" gypsum. I also make use of the very good quality mulch/compost  that the council  sells by the trailer load. And I have often treated myself to a present of 10 bags of pulverized 12 month old sheep manure for birthdays and Christmas, (what could be better as a present

Now my front garden soil is almost black soil, and easily dug.  The back is still being worked on.  There are still two  complete no go areas (too much clay) in the back garden  - one especially bad  - even the weeds are not interested in the really bad area.  Eventually both clay areas will get attention, but not yet. .  The areas I have attended to, (meaning = improved the soil)  at the back are now supporting aspargus, ginger, almond tree, strawberries, lemon tree, apricot, plum, redlove apple,  yellow peach, white peach, satsuma plum, parsley, mint, the passionfruit, and a clementine nectarine. There is also a loquat trees but I leave that tree for the possums to enjoy.

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Re: passionfruit blossomed in every way when I did this

@Suzie72 That's fantastic! Liver as fertiliser? Could you please enlighten me about that process, I have never heard of it before.

Sounds amazing!

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Re: passionfruit blossomed in every way when I did this

Hi MitchellM,
Liver is very nutritious. For people and for plants. Liver is possibly the most nutrient-dense food in the world. It's packed with essential nutrients, rich in protein and low in calories.
Plants need nutrients just as much as people need nutrients.
When I was pregnant my iron levels were not high enough, according to my Doctor, so rather than telling me to drink the vile tasting iron supplement - instead the doctor told me to make and serve (once a week)  a stir fry with lots of vegetables and saute very fine strips of one small  lambs liver and mix the strips of lambs liver into the saute vegetables. (lamb's liver is the only type of liver I have ever eaten)
I served the lamb's liver strips with a saute of onions, cauliflower florets, broccolli florets, bok choy, red capsicum, water chesnuts and baby corn. Ate it with chop-sticks and a side of steamed rice once a week for the rest of my pregnancy. My iron levels improved as a result and it also gave me more energy.
Passionfruit vines like a very nutrient rich growing medium.
A couple of large raw bull livers are perfect. you will need to order them in advance from your meat supplier and they are large. They need NO preparation. Do NOT even think of cooking them - you want every last fresh nutrient in the fresh liver. Do NOT even think of chopping them up - you want a big mass that can work it's magic under the soil.
Once you have the livers home get them into the ground as soon as possible. Dig the hole deep so that no local dog can smell the livers and so that you too cannot smell anything as they slowly enrich the soil below. I dug the hole 24 inches deep (60 cm metric) and I chose to also cover them with some sheep manure, just to get the party started below the ground and then covered it all with ordinary soil.
The worms in your soil will think they have died and gone to heaven when they find the liver.
Then the worms will further enrich the soil around the buried livers as worms urinate and defecate often, and that too enriches the soil further. Worm urine is more dilute than human urine, but just like human waste - worm urine has ammonia as well as urea. Thus the ammonia and urea waste products from the worms will also enrich the soil around a passionfruit
Adding a couple a big raw bull livers 24 inches below the ground is win win for the passionfruit, and for the worms, and for the soil fertility. And a fresh liver is a natural product.
hope all the above is enough to convince you of the benefits of using liver in this way?

New Contributor

Re: passionfruit blossomed in every way when I did this

I am in the southern hemisphere - hence north light is the warmest aspect in the southern hemisphere.
if you live in the northern hemisphere then naturally you would choose the southern light - which is the warmest aspect in the northern hemisphere.

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