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I have moved into a house in Richmond that has a very productive passion fruit vine, currently out of control but FULL of fruit. I’ve been making juice, eating and giving away the fruit which is sweeter and a lot less acidic than the type I knew growing up in South America. My friends are going crazy over the passion fruit and I’d like to start a few plants from seeds. Should I wait until Spring to get it going? I read in this site that saving seeds to plant later doesn’t work as well as starting plants when seeds are still “fresh”. I’m worried that if I wait til spring, there won’t be fruit to harvest fresh seeds from…Any suggestions? I’m not an experienced gardener so any info specific pertinent to Richmond area is helpful. For example…Can I wait for fruit in spring or summer to harvest seeds, or will I only get fruit at this time of the year in the Richmond area? THANKS!
Hi, Patricia. Why not try both? If you have fresh seeds now, why not start some? The little plants could stay in pots until it warms up (though thanks to Mark Twain, I imagine it will be colder in June than now). You could also save some of your seeds and see how well they do when you plant them in the spring. Jorge Ochoa, a Long Beach expert on passion fruit, does buy some of his seed online, so clearly he doesn’t believe they have to be just plucked from the fruit. I am not anywhere nearRichmond and I don’t know which variety of passion fruit you have, but given your vines’ vigor, I suspect you will also be getting fruit next summer.
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