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My Passion Flower is wilting... Help!

I have a passion flower in a sunny, sheltered, west-facing spot where it gets plenty of sunlight.  I only got it this year and it's been growing really quickly and has been very healthy until about 5 days ago when it's begun to go limp and appears to be wilting. 

I've been watering it every night but it doesn't seem to be getting better.  Anyone any suggestions?  I've attached a picture of the leaves in case there's something obvious I'm missing.





  • Alina WAlina W Posts: 1,445

    Is the soil soggy? It may have been overwatered.

    More likely, perhaps, is vine weevil.

    Have a dig in the pot - if you see fat white C-shaped maggots with a dark head you have vine weevil.

    Corrently, it can be treated with Provado Vine Weevil Killer, which is a water-on solution.

    Unfortunately, the roots have often been eaten away too much by the time you find it - is there any piece of plant still healthy enouigh to take a cutting from?

    Finally, check that slugs haven't stripped the bark from the stems at ground level. This happens with clematis.

  • SantySanty Posts: 24

    Hi, thanks very much for the reply.  I've had a little poke around the roots and couldn't find a single vine weevil.  I know what they look like because I've found them before and fed them to the birds!

    I'm not sure it's been over-watered as the soil was moist but not too much at all  (which isn't surprising given the weather).  Unfortunately I think it's too far gone to take any cutting from it which is disappointing, but not the end of the world.

    I'll give it a short while with little or no water and see how it responds...

  • SantySanty Posts: 24

    Oh, and the base of it looked fine, so I don't think slugs are the culprits

  • bigolobbigolob Posts: 127

    Mention of Passion Flowers always reminds me of a hillside village in Tuscany called Monteriggioni. A typical Tuscan on the top of a hill, built for the summer breeze to keep the village and vinyards cool `down below`.

    The surrounding walls of the village in summer are covered in Passiflora and what a wonderful sight it is. If you can go there, there is a fabulous long view across the vinyards of Chianti Country looking towards Sienna. What a place!!

    The weather, limited rain, much sun and warm long days - a bit like what we are having not but they have EVERY year. 

  • ItalophileItalophile Posts: 1,731

    bigolob, you see them here all over Tuscany. They're lovely in full bloom. I planted one but had to yank it, unfortunately. They're invasive monsters. I'm still finding it popping up two or three years later.

    Santy, I think you might have been overwatering. Giving it a break from water is a good idea.

  • HI Santy I,m really interested as to how your passion flower is doing. I have started encountering the same problem with wilting. Likewise I have started watering every day thinking this would help, but no, it hasn,t.. Has there been any improvement since you cut back on the watering?

  • DovefromaboveDovefromabove Posts: 86,025

    It may be that relatively newly planted plants don't have sufficient root development to service the amount of greenery that has grown above ground, particularly in hot dry conditions.  I think I'd cut the plant down by about half.

    Gardening in Central Norfolk on improved gritty moraine over chalk ... free-draining.

  • Cant help with the wilting but I was wondering if anyone could help with my passion flower problem. Something is eating my passion flower. I had plenty of flowers last year and there are some buds appearing (nibbled) but both plants are being eaten, I cant find any caterpillars and the damage looks too severe for earwigs,any ideas?

  • SophBSophB Posts: 1

    Hi Santy and Agricula, I'm having the exact same problem with mine! The stems look healthy but the leaves huave suddenly wilted as in your picture Santy. I was concerned it may have been overwatered so I cut back, but then the leaves got dry and crunchy and I've no idea what to try next! Did either of you have any luck with revival or should I just give up and replace it?! 

  • hi santy, i bought three passion flowers, planted them side by side in three planters, they all grew but one in particular shot up the lattice and halfway back down,then it suddenly died the death, crispy as a bit of streaky bacon, other two are growing very sedately ???...

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