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Granadilla

Passiflora edulis

Also known as

Passionfruit, Grinadella (Afr.), Purple passion fruit

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Full Sun
Moderate care
Moderate watering
Half-hardy

10a

USDA zone

-1°C

Minimum temperature

Expected size

Height
Spread

6m

Max

5m

2m

Min

50cm

Fruiting

  • spring
  • summer
  • autumn
  • winter

Two bearing seasons: early spring and mid to late summer. Can go into winter if it is a mild. Allow fruit to ripen on the vine and harvest fruit once they have dropped onto the ground. Fruit at best once the outer skin begins to wrinkle.

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Granadilla Overview

Known for its delicious fruit and exquisite flowers, granadillas. Granadillas are strong, vigorous vines that can easily be trained up a trellis, fence or wall. Native to the tropical regions of the world (Paraguay, Brazil and northern Argentina), granadillas are sensitive to frost and enjoy relatively high humidity and a rainfall of at least 1200mm per annum. Regular watering, pruning and fertilising will encourage continual flowering and fruiting. Fruits are round to oval with a tough purple skin and a high pulp content. The delicious pulp is often used in drinks, desserts and fruity recipes. The plants should be trained to grow on a well-constructed trellis, otherwise, they are soon out of reach.

Common problems with Granadilla

Numerous sap-sucking pests can occur on foliage and fruits so plants should be checked regularly. Fungi can cause damping-off of seedlings, and root rot can also be deadly, so try not to over water plants.

Granadilla Companion Plants

Always plant groundcovers or mulch around the base of the plant to keep the soil cool and to protect the roots.

How to propagate Granadilla

Seed

Cut through a granadilla and scoop out the contents. Thoroughly wash the contents to separate the seed from the pulp. Dry the seed and sow in seedling trays.

Cuttings

Propagate from seed in spring or cuttings.

Layering

Layering in summer.

Special features of Granadilla

Crop rotation

Heavy Feeder

Attractive flowers

Attractive leaves

Attractive fruits

Attracts bees

Pot plant

Granadillas can be grown in containers but will need adequate support structures to climb up against.

Other uses of Granadilla

Wall or trellis, ornamental fruit

Edible

The fruit has a deep yellow to orange fleshy pulp in the centre of a purple casing. Fruit can be left to ripen and fall to the ground before being picked up.

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