- Although passionfruits can easily be grown from seeds, the use of vines grafted onto yellow passionfruit root stock is recommended as it has better disease and nematode resistance.
- Water regularly, this will keep your vines producing a continuous crop
- Ensure good soil fertility by incorporating large amounts of compost, mulching and monitoring sufficient Potassium and Calcium levels. Too much Nitrogen encourages only leaf growth at the expense of fruiting. Incorporate some Rockphosphate (Minjingu or Kelphos) before planting.
- Regular pruning will improve production and keep your vines healthy. Sideshoots that develop from the laterals should be cut off to keep your vines tidy, easy to harvest and allow good aeration. Do not let your laterals get entangled with each other. Fruits are only borne on new shoots therefore cut each lateral back to a newly developing side shoot close to the main vine after all fruits have been harvested from the lateral. The main vine will continue growing and producing new laterals at the growing end.
- Hygiene in your plantation is extremely important always prune away any diseased or dead plant parts; remove and destroy any diseased or dead plant material that has dropped to the ground, from the plantation. Disinfect your tools and hands during pruning to avoid spread of pathogens.
- Disease and pest management start with regular scouting.
Time of Sowing/Transplanting
Pests and Diseases
Mealy bugs (Planococcus kenyae), Sucking bugs like Leptoglossus membranaceus or Anaplocnemis curvipes are easily identified by their enlarged, bow-shaped hind legs. They damage fruits by leaving pimply pierce marks that is sometimes confused with woodiness virus.