Category Archives: Passion Fruit

When the Growing gets Tough

… the Grower gets Going… to keep it Growing!

It all began 5 years ago when I wanted to have a temporary trellis to grow some beans. It was easy. I simply went to Home Depot, got some PVC water pipes, some L and T joints and a string trellis. I measured the pipes, cut them up, hammered 3 pipes vertically 18″ into the soil, connected the top portion with the joints and used some tie-straps to hang and fasten the string trellis. Less than $10 and voila! trellis was done.

The beans progressed to gourds and the gourds progressed to Passionfruit, which grew with such wild passion, I began to foresee a forthcoming calamity. Yes, after 5 years the pipes were no longer standing 90° with the soil and the string trellis were kind of “blowing in the wind”.

My pipe and string contraption.

I’ve had fair, good use of this impromptu trellis so something needed to be done ~ hopefully without cutting off all the fruiting vines and killing those precious Ladybugs and their cocoons nicely tucked in & on that little green wall. I kept asking that question till finally the husband decided to come up with what I call a “slip-and-grip” replacement.

Fastened to pipe; 18″ above the soil.

A carefully measured Made-in-Garage wooden trellis (which is patterned with a space for the kitchen window in case of later preference) that was lugged and slipped behind the pipe & string trellis contraption, to be gripped with metal fasteners drilled through the wood frame and the metal pipes. The metal pipes have been hammered 3ft into the soil and the wood trellis sits 18″ above soil level. It’s definitely more rigid than PVC pipes & strings.  😆

The vines (& some remnant trellis strings) are now tied onto this new brainchild and it is my ardent hope that it will give at least 10 years usage.

I’ve trimmed most of the lower portion of the string trellis and now have more sunny space to insert some forthcoming Spring seedlings.

Wooden trellis fastened to a metal pipe.

Time to thin some herbs and cool season vegetables below and pay close attention to lots of Passionfruit buds now waiting to bloom. To all potential Passionfruit growers, prepare a steady, heavy-duty trellis for that vine because when it takes off during the growing/fruiting season, it needs heavy support OR you will have some weighty work trying to save that monstrous plant.

Fruity Seed-starting Pots

Our Passionfruit (Passiflora Incarnata) harvesting season is coming to its close. It has been a good stretch with fruits galore. The tough rind has been put in bokashi bins, compost bins and cut up, then put in the worm bin as feed.

Their latest use has been as seed-starting pots. Just like papier mache seed-starting pots, which is composted to become “soil”, Passionfruit rind will do likewise so why not try them for a new function?

Pole beans in their “new” seed-starting pots.

Germination has begun …

They sprouted healthily.

Whole ‘pots’ went into soil once cotyledons appeared

They seem happy 😀

There will be a few more ‘fruity seed-starting pots’ available once we cut up the remaining Passionfruits on our kitchen counter to be preserved for future devouring.

Yum-yum! Every part gets used.

Passionfruit+Banana = Good Blend

In the last fortnight, even with 2 chill spells, our Passiflora Incarnata vines just happily stayed green and gave us some superb fruits. They do not need to be picked because when fully ripened, they simply fall off the vine. I just need to pay ‘ground attention’.

A constant supply ...

A constant supply … different colored Passionfruit

Just leave them for a few days till the skin gets crinkled then those are the best for eating. Rich in Vitamins C & A and one of the superb breakfasts I have concocted so far is the Passionana Mix.

Recipe: 1 super ripe Passionfruit ~ cut open preferably with kitchen cutters to prevent mess.

Snip open tough peel

Snip open tough peel

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Passionfruit or Passiflora incarnata

The Passion Flower has such an intriguing biblical reference that I sometimes just stop, stare at it and try to relate to its symbolism. Did you know (from Wikipedia) that ~ quote:  The “Passion” in “Passion Flower” refers to the Passion of Jesus in Christian theology. buahsusu1
The pointed tips of the leaves were taken to represent the Holy Lance.
The tendrils represent the whips used in the flagellation of Christ.
The ten petals and sepals represent the ten faithful apostles (excluding St. Peter the denier and Judas Iscariot the betrayer). buahsusu2
The flower’s radial filaments, which can number more than a hundred and vary from flower to flower, represent the crown of thorns.
The chalice-shaped ovary with its receptacle represents a hammer or the Holy Grail.
The 3 stigmas represent the 3 nails and the 5 anthers below them the 5 wounds (four by the nails and one by the lance).  ~ Unquote

Hurricane Matthew did bring about some good ~ a Passion Flower frenzy which, with the help of garden-assistants, has now produced fruits galore.

A garden-assistant at work.

A garden-assistant at work.

Hopefully this year’s Fall will keep its mild warmth and Winter will be kind too, to allow their full ripening. I’ve counted 60 green ones so far with more forthcoming. On an average it takes 70-80 days for each fruit to reach its best state.

Pictures taken of different spots this morning.

Pictures taken from different spots this morning.

Oh, what joy! Yes, the ripening has started. They’re the early bloomers. :mrgreen:

Slowly but surely ripening.

Slowly but surely ripening.

Hurricanes and Vacations don’t mix well but …

What do you do when you’re thousands of miles away from home, on vacation, and you read on the internet that a category 3 hurricane, with a possibility of getting to 4, is heading towards your home? 😮
There wasn’t much I could do really, and to make matters worse, the closer Hurricane Matthew headed towards Florida the likelier was the possibility that my humble abode was about to get hit by the eye. So there I was along the shores of Lake MacQuarie in sunny Australian Spring weather listening to CNN live weather report wondering if I would  have a house to go back to.

My consolation was just knowing I would not be in the way of Matthew’s sadistic whirlwind delirium. (Having been through Hurricanes Frances, Jeanne and Wilma, trust me, I know what hurricanes can do.) After consolation, came relief ~ he decided to blow at 68 mph instead of over 100mph as he had done over Haiti.

Today, upon my return … ah yes, the house is still standing.
Upon closer inspection, *relief* there are no leak marks.
And the garden cum food forest?

mess

A living 3-week old mess!

Mother Nature's mulch supply.

Mother Nature’s mulch supply.

Some lived; some died.

Some lived; some died.

Some actually coming back to life!

Some actually coming back to life!

Tidying up needed, but not too bad.

Tidying up needed, but not too bad.

We had to save the doors but left the plants to Ma Nature.

We had to save the patio doors but left the plants to Ma Nature.

BUT … it’s not been a total tragedy ~ perhaps a nudge to rethink and redo, to work with Mother Nature and the changes she brings forth. It’s also eye-opening when I see and learn new things such as …

The hive survived! even though the vegetation around got demolished.

The hive survived!
even though the vegetation around it got demolished.

... and the bees are hurricane tolerant.

… and the bees are hurricane tolerant.

The trellis collapsed but not the Passiflora vine.

The trellis collapsed but not the Passiflora vine.

They are actually bearing fruit!

They are actually bearing fruit!

lots of fruit!

lots of fruit!

Even the Cassava (which I call Ubi Kayu) is calling out ~ “cut me, I’m ready for harvest!”

Nice and ready.

Nice and ready.

But tomorrow ~ stir fried Angled Gourd ( 絲瓜) with eggs and garlic for lunch!

Dead vine but edible gourd.

Dead vine but edible gourd.

Life goes on …

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How you can protect your Passion (Fruit)

When my precious Passion Fruits start getting scratched, nibbled upon or just randomly plucked & thrown about like rubber balls, I get creative. Yoghurt cups become my fruit armor… now that’s recycling too, right?

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So far, so good, but if anyone knows a better squirrel deterrent, please let me know.

Passionfruit – Passiflora Edulis

Our 1st flower for 2014 is now a young fruit… and the squirrels are on the alert!! Image

ImageOK, let’s see who gets this one. Yoghurt cup camouflage going up soon.