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Hello LincsLass, if you have as much luck as we did with the passion flower, you might need to take care where you plant it out. We put ours in a tub at the base of one of the cherry trees and when it got going, it began to cling to the tree which looked nice at first because of the lovely leaf shape of the two together. Before long the Passionflower had taken over the branches of the cherry so much we had to regularly untangle it all and even cut some out, it grew so rapid and thickly. It began to hang from each cherry branch and the cherry buds didnt have any chance of opening into flowers because it was gradually choked and the buds droppped off. The cherry’s leaves began to fall off too because they were all wrappd up in the twine of the passonflowers creeping stems. In the end we had to cut the pasionflower down all together to save the cherry, which we’ve had now for 10 years, though we keep it at an easy height. The present passionflower is on its own, where it can’t interfere with anything eles and has its own space so it gives beautiful green-blue flowers over a long time.

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Oh dear, sounds like a bit of a disaster there. Yes, passionfruit is a vine, best grown along a fence or trellis, away from trees and shrubs, which it can take over. Do you have much luck with your cherry tree otherwise? I mean, no birds getting the fruit?

28 Jul, 2009


There is a self sown Passion Flower over the road from us. It grows on a fence at the back of a car park. It stretches about 20 feet either side of the main stem. Our neighbour bought one at a car boot fair. Asked me where he should plant it. I referred him to the carpark specimen. He decided not to plant it after all. I had one given me but it never thrived. So I was lucky as I planted it near shrubs.

28 Jul, 2009


Thanks Gardendotty,in fact I,ve planted mine to grow along the fence that seperates my dog run from the main garden and that runs nearly the length of the garden, so I,m hoping it does grow well and disguises the fence.......

28 Jul, 2009


Hmmm am now a little worried after reading the above. I've just bought a passionflower to go up some trellis disguising an ugly wall and an even uglier building the other side of it. I explained to the guy at my local nursery (who are usually brilliant) that the gap was about 5 foot wide by 6 foot high and what would he recommend - it's already going mad...have I been conned into getting a monster!? If so, is there anyway to tame them and keep them at a reasonable size? the other thing I've since heard conflicting accounts on is how hardy they are. Does anyone know? We're in Bolton so in winter it gets cold and snowy.

2 Sep, 2011


The passion flowers on the carpark fence were killed by 2 cold winters on the run. The one deliberately planted in the grounds of sheltered housing seems not to be too rampant. They sure can go when they like where they are.

4 Sep, 2011

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