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Passionflower


Question: why hasn't my passion flower yet made leaves?


hello I have a passion flower that I don't understand if it is bad, we have had a somewhat harsh winter, the plant is alive but I do not see new shoots, I have never pruned it, I have already provided for a first fertilization with natural fertilizer, hello and thanks

Answer: cultivate passion flower


Dear Thomas,
the passionflower is a climbing plant, native to central and southern America, Asia and Australia; several hundred species have been classified, and various hybrids and cultivars; in Italy the most widespread is passiflora caerulea, and a few other species and rustic varieties.
This climber manifests the characteristic of being semi evergreen, that is, it loses its leaves only if the climatic conditions become particularly cold, or even very dry; in this way the plant can survive even in conditions that would not be completely favorable to its development.
It is a very vigorous and resistant plant; if your specimen survived the winter, and shows at least some healthy green leaves, don't worry, the plant is just waiting for the climate to become favorable for its development; in fact, it often happens that the passiflores begin to vegetate again only when the minimum temperatures have already risen, so as to be certain that the climate is spring.
These plants are very vigorous, and the varieties and species sold in Italy are mostly rustic, meaning they resist minimum winter temperatures close to -15 ° C.
Passion flowers do not necessarily require pruning, although, as with roses, they produce the buds of large flowers on new branches, those that will sprout in spring. For this reason, it is possible to prune the plant without problems in spring, removing all the thin and not very vigorous branches, and shortening the vegetation of the more luxuriant ones.
If necessary, passiflores can also be pruned during the vegetative season, which is advisable for very rustic and vigorous specimens, which tend to grow excessively.
These plants do not require great care, and if they are planted in the ground they tend over time to settle for the water supplied by the weather, thus not even needing watering.
In some areas of the world the passiflora caerulea has become a weed, and its cultivation is prohibited.