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Passion flower advice please

I bought the attached passion flower for a few quid earlier this year - it was tiny when I bought it.  I put it in the only pot I had available, which is quite large (L58cm X H24 X D28).  The perspective on the attached photos make it look much smaller than it actually is.

I used up a mix of left over composts, including some John Innes 2 and 3.

I was really please that it then 'shot' up the trellising I put in the pot (now completely covered), to be the robust plant it is now.  However, I have since read that, in order to flower, they like their roots to be constrained and quite poor soil.

The leaves that it first developed are now HUGE (although it now seems to be growing smaller ones), and I suspect it has had too much nitrogen.  I have since given it some phosphorous feed.

My question is, would cutting some of the huge foliage off, help it to flower in the future please?


  • EricaheatherEricaheather Posts: 204
    I have exactly the same. Bought 2 small ones this spring and planted in large planters. One has buds the other is only just starting. The ends of the shoots on yours look like they could be the beginnings of buds. Maybe give it a bit more time? Not sure about cutting back foliage sorry but I would wait. I've attached a picture of mine so you can see the buds
  • LynLyn Posts: 22,865
    There’s  nothing wrong with the plant, never heard of restricted roots or poor soil, I’ve had one for years, planted out, where they do far better than in a tub and my soil is very fertile, if you can plant it out it will do better. 
    Cut back to about a foot in the spring, it romps away to many feet by the end of the year. 
    Gardening on the wild, windy west side of Dartmoor. 

  • mmsj496mmsj496 Posts: 70
    Thank you both very much :)
  • mmsj496mmsj496 Posts: 70
    Good to see where the flower bud form too, so thanks for the photo as well.
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