Caring for blue passionflower properly – the most important tips for your Passiflora caerulea
The blue passion flower (Passiflora caerulea) is a unique looking flower native to North and South America. The sturdy climbing vines have large white flowers with blue rings around them, dark green foliage and tendrils. They also have large, ovoid, deep orange edible fruits in late summer and fall. Yes, a real exotic. But don’t let their exotic looks fool you! This gorgeous plant can grow in almost any climate, including colder areas. This makes the Passiflora caerulea a popular, easy-care plant for both beginners and people with a green thumb. Today you will learn more about this from us and get a few practical tips for the right care of your passion flower.
Blue passion flower – this exotic beauty also feels good in this country
Passiflora caerulea – get to know the majestic exotic species
The genus Passiflora actually includes over 500 species. A Passiflora can be a simple shrubbery to annual flowers and even fruit trees. For example, a full-grown Passiflora caerulea can be up to 10 meters high and 2 meters wide. It is a perennial vine that clings to arbors, fences, and bricks but does not damage them. As already mentioned, the flower was discovered in the tropical regions of America and is mainly cultivated in hotter climates. Native to the gardens of the Aztec princes, Passiflora caerulea was used for both medicinal and decorative purposes. The strong passionflower effect related to good and deep sleep is pretty well known and used nowadays.
A flower to fall in love with
How To Grow Blue Passion Flower?
Passion flower seeds can be a bit peculiar. In a pot, the seeds germinate very slowly. You need to soak them before planting them and once they are well soaked you can transfer them to a pot. It can take up to 20 days for your seeds to sprout. Then you can introduce your flowers to outdoor conditions by slowly increasing the sunlight.
When sowing your seeds in the ground outdoors, the seasons are key. While blue passionflower can survive the winter, it cannot sprout in cold climates. Spring and autumn are therefore the ideal times of year to plant your passion flowers.
The Passiflora caerulea flowers from May to October every year
How to propagate the Passiflora caerulea?
The propagation of Passiflora caerulea is quite easy. There are two techniques you can choose from. The first is to sow seeds directly from your blue passion flower. It is important to note that if you sow your seeds straight from the plant, they must first be soaked for 24 hours. You can do this all year round.
Another way to propagate the flower is through cuttings. Take these during the summer months from June to September. Best of all, they should still be in bloom. Then place your cuttings first in potting soil. Propagate and store in a warm and moist place for best results.
The Passiflora could do particularly well in an inner courtyard
Proper care of your Passiflora caerulea
Regardless of whether your passion flower is in a pot or outdoors in the ground, you should give it a generous watering immediately after planting. If your plant is in a pot, water it once a week during the growing season. When she’s in the ground, it’s important to listen to the weather report. Water more often during heat waves and drought. Your passion flower will stay happy and healthy as long as it is watered well throughout the summer.
There is actually no need to prune this plant unless you want to maintain the plant’s size or encourage new growth. Be sure to remove spaces as necessary. Pruning is best done in the late winter or early spring months.
Good care pays off in this wonderful way
Passionflower vines benefit greatly from light fertilization. All-purpose fertilizers will do. It’s important to use a fertilizer that contains equal parts nitrogen, phosphorus, and potassium for your flowering Passiflora caerulea. It is better to fertilize the plant before spring. Then, repeat fertilizing every four to six weeks until the fall season begins.
Checking the pH balance of your soil doesn’t matter much here, but should be somewhere between 6.1 and 7.5. Ordinary soil is fine for the blue passion flower and needs to drain well. It likes a rich and moist soil, but does not tolerate waterlogging very well. With mulch or pebbles you ensure that the soil always remains sufficiently moist.
If you’re expecting great blooms from your passionflower, make sure you plant it in a spot with full sun to partial shade. If you have warmer climates in your area, shade your plant in the afternoon to keep it from getting too hot.
In the summer, the plant feels particularly at home at an entrance facing north or east
If there is insufficient air circulation, your blue passion flower can get a fungal disease. You can recognize these when you see spots on the leaves. You can remove the infected leaves to fix this problem easily. If the problem persists, you may need to use a fungicide. Root rot is another problem your plant could encounter if the soil is not well drained.
Passion Flower Varieties
There are many varieties of passion flowers out there. Each of them has its own character. The Passiflora caerulea you want to grow can withstand a variety of temperatures and is considered relatively hardy. Other varieties, like the Passiflora edulis, are not as hardy and only thrive in tropical climates. Another passion flower variety is the “Purple Haze”. This plant forms a tropical looking purple flower with a very pleasant scent. Other popular varieties include Passiflora coccinea, Passiflora incarnata and Passiflora alata, also known as “Ruby Glow”. The flowers of these varieties range in color from purple, pink to red to white.
Admire the fabulous variety of passion flowers
Give your passiflora attention and proper care and you will enjoy its magnificent flowers all summer long!
The blue passion flower enchants everyone who sets their eyes on it