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[–] Dkeere 0 points 3 points (+3|-0) ago 

This gives me hope on my seed grown zone 6 vine. It got a late start last year because I didn't expect the very slow germination, but managed to get to a good 12 feet before getting killed back to the ground.

I've got it mulched pretty heavily and it has a few buds above the surface right now, so I'll probably put a cloche over it like I'm doing with my artichokes and see if I can get an early start.

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[–] WillisJaxson 0 points 1 points (+1|-0) ago 

What are you trying to keep from digging in your pots with those rubber snakes? Did they stop something from happening or do you put them out as a deterrent just in case?

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[–] superkuh [S] 0 points 1 points (+1|-0) ago  (edited ago)

Squirrels. I hate squirrels so much. They're rampant here as one of my neighbors puts out raw peanuts in giant piles all year round for them (and the crows). Any patch of bare or disturbed dirt and those fuckers will dig it up. Planting seeds is terrible. The only solution that works is putting chicken wire mesh over the pots.

The plastic snakes worked for about 3 weeks before they caught on. In the end they scared my neighbor's little kid more than the squirrels.

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[–] WillisJaxson 0 points 0 points (+0|-0) ago 

I hate them too and also use wire mesh over my seedlings in pots for the same reason. That sucks about your neighbor attracting them to the area as we both know they'll be more than happy to raid your garden even though they have a pile of peanuts next door.

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[–] HateCumbuckets 0 points 1 points (+1|-0) ago 

What is the name of the variety called?

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[–] superkuh [S] 0 points 1 points (+1|-0) ago 

"Possum Purple" Passiflora edulis

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[–] bman0321 0 points 1 points (+1|-0) ago 

That's a lot of work for half a pint of jam.

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[–] superkuh [S] 0 points 1 points (+1|-0) ago  (edited ago)

This was the last harvest of the year where I decided to get fancy. Most of the year I just ate them off the plant as they ripened. It produced fruit for about 4 months. Total yield was probably 20x the amount shown.

This year I'll be making a lot more jam. I'm starting early with 6000 lumens of CFL inside in Feb and I already have a large plant. It'll almost be ready to begin flowering by the time I can put it outside in mid-may.

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[–] bman0321 0 points 0 points (+0|-0) ago 

I was kidding friend, first year yields don't count for shit until the trees get big, which takes years. Build a green house out of pvc pipe and cheap clear plastic drop cloths. That way you can control humidity.

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[–] BlueDrache 0 points 1 points (+1|-0) ago 

Restofthefuckingowl

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[–] SebuttYopick 0 points 0 points (+0|-0) ago 

Thanks for this info

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[–] valk2 0 points 1 points (+1|-0) ago 

Is that synthetic siding or individual clapboards?

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[–] Justsomeone 0 points 1 points (+1|-0) ago 

I always find it odd how most passion fruits I see on the internet are dark.

The ones I've grown and consumed my entire life are bright yellow, like this.

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[–] HateCumbuckets 0 points 1 points (+1|-0) ago 

I am thinking of growing passionfruit myself. Do you have any tips? Yours look really good.

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[–] superkuh [S] 0 points 3 points (+3|-0) ago  (edited ago)

Passion fruit vines grow like weeds. They're super vigorous. Avoid heavy fertilization or nutrients after spring is over. If fed too well they may delay flowering/fruiting. Also be sure to build or buy a heavy duty trellis. All that fruit is heavy and it broke my improvised trellis in half (as seen in the photos).

They're kind of hard to start from seed though. All my attempts failed (tried just wet paper towels in warm areas, tried the soak in orange juice thing, etc). I bought this plant from a nursery online for ~$20. So that means it was likely a year or two old at that point. I've heard they don't fruit the first couple years. I'm on my 4th season of ownership so my plant is probably 5-6 years old. They tend to have limited lifetimes and will die around ~7 years.

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[–] HateCumbuckets 0 points 1 points (+1|-0) ago 

I'm planning on putting wood trellis across the two posts that support the veranda roof, and growing it in a half wine barrel. My concern is what you said about it being a vigorous grower. The trellis will be about 5 feet above my veggie bed. Will it hurt it to cut it back if it starts to hang down and encroach on the veggies?