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Old 09-23-2018, 12:33 PM
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What I really like is that Azamax affects all stages of insect and mite development; most insecticides and miticides only affect adults.
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Does Azamax also come from the Neem tree and is it similar to cold-pressed Neem Oil? Just curious. I already have a good supply of Neem oil....

[/QUOTE=estación seca;884199]Some Midwestern friends grow their passionfruit outdoors in the ground. They take cuttings in midsummer and root them in jars of water. They let the vines outside freeze, and carry the cuttings over the winter in the kitchen window. They get them established in pots towards the end of winter, and set them out into the ground after frost is over. They grow so much faster in the ground my friends always get fruit.[/QUOTE]

I just saw this and I had to ask...what type of passionfruit vines are your friends growing? I am so jealous as my fruit always takes forever from flower to harvest. I get the first flowers in May and harvest the first fruits in mid-September. I have edulis 'McCain,' edulis 'Purple Possum' and an incarnata. Family in DC has told me that they plant their edulis and incarnata vines in the ground in May and the fruit never ripens before their first frost. I just convinced them to grow theirs potted, too. The harvest is usually finished in January for me (They are still blooming....).

I have been bringing plants inside and have the first indoor shelf full and two more to go.... A few of the plants will go dormant for the winter so they will not be put under the lights (plumeria/bulbs). It is always a good feeling when the last plant is brought inside (except after frost when I discover I forgot something....) Every plant that is brought inside is treated with Neem Oil (scale and mealy bugs), Sluggo-plus (pill bugs), and coffee grounds (bush snails). I also treated the orchids that remained indoors just to be certain. I have until the end of the week, according to the weather app. to get them all inside.
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...what type of passionfruit vines are your friends growing?... I get the first flowers in May and harvest the first fruits in mid-September. I have edulis 'McCain,' edulis 'Purple Possum' and an incarnata. Family in DC has told me that they plant their edulis and incarnata vines in the ground in May and the fruit never ripens before their first frost. I just convinced them to grow theirs potted, too. The harvest is usually finished in January for me (They are still blooming....).
I saw native Passiflora incarnata (Maypop) in Wisconsin as a kid, so it should be fully hardy for you. It grew along fences where birds had dropped the seeds after eating the fruit. The fruits ripened right around frost. Maybe there are different strains with different frost hardiness? If so perhaps try to get seed from someplace north of you. Since it ripens so late, I would look up whether seed needs cold stratification to sprout.

I didn't pay attention to which varieties my friends were growing, but they were probably edulis. Flowering and fruit ripening are related to temperature. Flowering is definitely related to the tips of the vine bending over and hanging down. If you keep training your vines up they won't flower.

Passiflora edulis grows fine in full Arizona sun and heat, so perhaps you should put it in the hottest and sunniest part of your garden. Maybe try to pot up cuttings well before last frost, get them growing well, then put them outside early with a Wall O Water or something like that. Get them growing early, fertilize heavily, and let the tops of the vines flop over when they're 4-6 feet / 1.2-1.8m tall to promote flowering.

Also consider growing Passiflora mollissima, the banana passion fruit. The fruit is delicious. I think it's better eating than edulis. It looks like a small yellow zucchini, hence the name. It likes less heat than edulis. I can't grow it here in Phoenix once nights heat up. It is an invasive weed in many cooler tropical areas, but it won't survive any frost, so you have nothing to worry about. The flowers are different from edulis: They hang down with long tubes, and the petals open flat. The flowers are brilliant flamingo pink. This one also flowers when branch tips flop over or grow horizontally. If anybody has driven up the mountain in Kauai and looked in patchy forest areas along the road, you will have seen this vine everywhere, with its pink flowers and yellow fruits.

And remember a lot of passionfruits produce better with hand pollination.

When I lived in St Louis I tried growing P. quadrangularis in a 5-gallon pot. It wasn't really warm enough, even against a south facing brick wall. The plant grew slowly and flowered the day before the first frost. Here in Phoenix I have grown it and it's like a weed. So try hard to give your edulis the warmest position you can find.

Mail-order passion vine seeds can be hit or miss. Most, but not all, sprout readily when very fresh. The longer they are stored, the more dormant they become, and it can take a very long time for them to sprout. So don't give up if trying to sprout them. And use a heating mat for the lowland tropical ones.
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With your climate, I am guessing you have no problem growing passionfruit. Where I live, it is not even sold in stores so I am growing it so I can eat it. So far, that is working very well. I do not have trouble getting fruit. It just takes four months for the fruit to ripen. That is why I cannot chop the plant if I want to continue enjoying the fruit (it is still blooming!).
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