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Red Fruit Passionfruit Passiflora Foetida Seeds
Packet of 12+ home grown red fruited passionfruit seeds!
This selection was originally sourced from two different forms and while the fruit is always bright red there is still variation in the plants.
Like the standard Passiflora foetida , it is a native to the USA, Mexico, Central America including Belize, Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua and Panama, the Caribbean and South America countries of French Guiana, Guyana, Surinam, Venezuela, Brazil, Bolivia, Colombia, Ecuador, Peru, Argentina, Chile, Paraguay and Uruguay, but unlike the other one, this red form is very rarely available.
All these years later I have still never seen the red fruited forms of Passiflora foetida for sale commercially in Australia, and not only that, this seed packet contains genetics from two different and quite unique types!
One type was very slow growing, but a huge vine, and for us it took` around two years to fruit. The red fruit are large, and the shell is quite firm, and the taste is the very lemony.
The vine lived very long with some of ours lasting five years, still fruiting and flowering constantly.
I cut it back with a cane knife every now and then, but apart from that it did its own thing.
The leaves remain a lovely furry green and it flowers a lot more than it fruits, despite an abundance of bees. Very productive due to its size, and very hardy.
The other red type was a small fast growing vine that fruited in around six months for us here. Its leaf is slightly thinner and longer, its fruit has a thinner shell, and the taste is more melon like that the other one. It is an annual vine and will need to be replanted yearly. If it gets cold its foliage turns a lovely maroon purple, especially the new growth. It is not as hardy as the other one and it will need a water every now and then.
The seeds you get will be a mixture of both types, and I have also been cross-pollinating them for years, so you may even get something really unique. If you do I would love a picture!
These are not the more strongly scented orange or yellow fruited ones that is in most of the online weed data, and though easy to grow, they are nowhere near as weedy.
A fact proven by their rarity in Australia, despite being in private collections for decades.
Grown by us organically, no nasties, no chems, no problems!!!