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Patricia · October 12, 2017 at 5:01 pm

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!

Ronni · October 13, 2017 at 11:54 pm

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.

Kailey · December 22, 2017 at 5:39 pm

Hi Patricia,

I’m on the hunt for some passion fruit but am unsure where I can buy it. Is your vine still producing?? I’m in the Haight and curious if I could come get or purchase some from you. Let me know! Thank you!!! – Kailey 🙂

    Paul Patron · January 29, 2018 at 3:19 pm

    Hi Patricia,

    I have the passiflora edulis available in 1 gallon for $17.00. Paul 650 533 3094

Tammie · July 1, 2021 at 10:21 pm

Hello. I just moved into a house with an established passion fruit plant. It has started to flower a few weeks ago and started attracting a ton of flies. It is currently covered in what looks like blowflies but I’m not one hundred percent sure. There are also black dots almost imbedded in the flower buds and leaves. The flowers are also not turning into fruit. I have a feeling they are sterile yellow passion fruit, but again am not sure.

Can anyone give any advice on these flies. They are quite disgusting and very much a nuisance. As well as how to go about having the flowers pollinate. Is it possible they are not sterile and there is something I need to do?

Thank you

    Ronni Kern · July 23, 2021 at 6:59 pm

    Tammie, it is more helpful to people who might have suggestions if you included your zip code. Also, not all passion fruit vines are reliable fruit producers. Taking a photo of the flowers (and bugs) might help.

Sherry · September 13, 2021 at 12:13 pm

I live in San Francisco in the Richmond District. Could you please recommend which passion fruit vine I should buy? Please advise. Thank you

    Ronni Kern · November 18, 2021 at 8:27 pm

    Sherry, you should really contact the Golden Gate chapter for information on what can be grown in your neighborhood.

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