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Passiflora passed away?

Evening guys and gals,

could someone one more qualified that myself please help with my Passion flower? It was a cheapy job from Aldi but went in and was going great guns flowering all the way into December until we had the snow. As you can see it’s now looking decidedly worse for wear . Research tells me it should be ever green so am I right to assume it’s had it? Thanks in advance! 

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  • BorderlineBorderline Posts: 4,639
    From the photo, it is hard to tell if it's 'had it'. Definitely damaged by dampness and all that growth will need to be pruned out.. I'm assuming this is Passiflora Caerulea, one of the popular ones, usually frost hardy and can take some frost, but not prolonged and possibly needs protection from harsh frost and snow if not on a south facing wall.

    After pruning out, give it a nice new layer of compost or manure and wait. Don't give up on plants in March. It's too early to tell.


  • I think it definitely is a caerulea. Thanks for the advice, I’ll certainly give it a try. Worth noting however that even the green bits are dry and crispy. Do I prune these too? Can it go back to the main stalk if needs be? 
    Thank you again. 
  • Hostafan1Hostafan1 Posts: 31,664
    I've been trying to kill mine for years. My guess is that it'll sprout from below ground, as mine does every year, damn it.
    Devon.
  • Hostafan1 said:
    I've been trying to kill mine for years. My guess is that it'll sprout from below ground, as mine does every year, damn it.
    :smiley: sounds good! Fingers crossed haha! 
  • BijdezeeBijdezee BPosts: 1,484
    I don't think it's dead. They are not evergreen in the UK and do get knocked back in the winter especially with the cold weather we have had this year. Wait to see any new leaf buds forming in the axils and cut back to just above that. Passiflora makes a lot of quick growth as the weather warms up and this should quickly replace the lost growth.

    It looks like the plant might benefit from a bigger framework and being more spread out. You can then tie that growth in and it will be easier next year to see where to cut back to. They thrive in a sunny, impoverished spot. Not too much feed for them other than maybe some potash based feed in spring to encourage flowers. Good luck, hope it comes back.
  • Bijdezee - the rate of growth caught us unawares so it’s ‘au naturale’ At the moment but I planned to fan it out and train it along the fence. It is south facing in plenty of sun so should be happy. I’ll wait and watch for growth and see how it gets on! Thanks for your advice! 
  • Hostafan1Hostafan1 Posts: 31,664
    Mine has a lot more foliage than I wanted and far fewer flowers than I wanted.
    Devon.


  • Great news! You were all right! It’s back! 😉
  • BorderlineBorderline Posts: 4,639
    Great news. One thing you will learn about gardening. It teaches you to be ever hopeful and optimistic. 
  • I’m always amazed by the gardens propensity for life. Plants are just so determined to live! 
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