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March 28, 2011

Love of Blooms
Blue Passion Flower

I bought seeds online from an eBay store and was very excited to start germinating them! The first time I saw this flower was in Osaka, Japan. We were just strolling down a residential street when I spotted these flowers growing in a playground. The plant was trimmed and arranged with wire to appear as a hedging bush! The flowers were beautiful and reminded me of fire works, so I snapped a picture. I trimmed the photo down to a bookmark size and slipped into in a plastic pocket. I use it everyday as a bookmark!

The  Blue Passion Flower is a vine/climbing plant. It is hardy to -23 degrees Celsius, so you can definitely plant this baby outside in Calgary! It will wilt and wither when cold weather approaches but will grow again in the spring. It can grow up to 12 meters long in full sun and will grow best in very rich soil. Too much fertilizer, however, can result in less flower and fruit production. If the plant has unrestricted root growth, flower and fruit could be compromised.

Germination is a bit erratic and can take up to 12 weeks. Germinate indoors and acclimatized hardy seedlings to outdoor environments.

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Seed

Plant

Flower (Varies)

The Process – By Seed
1. Gather supplies – clean 9 cm deep plastic pot, room temperature water, soil mix, 1/4 cup of Perlite and seeds
2. Fill pot with a mixture of soil and Perlite and gently pat down surface to get rid of big air pockets.
3. Nip the seeds and soak them for 24 hours in warm water.
4. Place seeds onto the soil and cover with a thin coat of soil. Do not cover with too much soil – they need light to germinate.
5. Water the soil until top soil feels like a freshly squeezed wet sponge.
6. Place a stake into pot close to the seed.  Place container in a brightly lit spot.

The Journal

April 14 – first “true” vine leaf

April 14, 2011 – I planted a seed on January 5 of this year and the plant has grow quite a bit. This week I noticed one “true” vine leaf on the vine! Compared to the arrowhead shaped leaves, this leaf consists of three leaflets. I’ve seen pictures of the Blue Passion flower with leaves that have five leaflets! So, maybe this is just a transition leaf?

The vine is now almost 80 cm long with alternating very green leaves dotted up the vine. There are several “grabbers” growing on the vine, but since there isn’t anything to grab, they just spiral around themselves. The plant has being growing out of a 9 cm deep pot filled with regular potting soil with 1/4 cup of added perlite. I have not been feeding it any fertilizer, but I do keep it well watered. I let the top soil dry before watering.

I plan to have the vine wrap around the photo frames on my wall as it grows. The wall has about 10-12 hours of indirect sunlight in addition to a mounted grow lamp.

Sources
Dave’s Garden
Seeds and More


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One thought on “Blue Passion Flower

  1. Elfriede Chantler says:

    The passion flowers have a unique structure, which in most cases requires a large bee to effectively pollinate. In the American tropics, wooden beams are mounted very near passionfruit plantings to encourage carpenter bees to nest. The size and structure of flowers of other Passiflora species is optimized for pollination by hummingbirds (especially hermits like Phaethornis), bumble bees, wasps or bats, while yet others are self-pollinating.***;

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