Does anyone have recommendations for ripening tricks?
I just had a google and one page suggested when they fall off the vine you place them on a sunny window sill to ripen until the skin is all wrinkly.
I'm still getting heaps of Passionfruit from my "tree". I have been just letting them sit on a bench in the shade, and I've been eating them before they go wrinkly, they're still good, but some haven't fully matured inside and sometimes you get a big squishy kind of center that hasn't turned to juice yet.
Mine has had a number drop off wrinkly yet still green. Those are unripe and have to be thrown out. A horticulturist thought it might be woodiness- a type of disease of the passion fruit vine but mine has continued to produce good fruit otherwise so I haven't cut it down yet despite his advice to do so.
That vine is sure growing well Ash and I'm surprised you're having trouble with it fruiting... I have a few passionfruit vines growing mongrel around here without any "love" and they are still producing plenty of fruit.
Can you remember what variety is was? Sometimes those gourmet grafted passionfruit vines are poor fruiters (I've tried a few of them) also the graft can become overgrown by the rootstock, which grows vigorously, but is a poor fruit producer. Maybe check the stem to see if you have growth coming from under the graft (if it was grafted) and if it does then cut it back or completely out and grow a good seed variety that doesn't need grafting. Just a thought...
That I can't be sure about (grafted vs seedling), probably seedling, but it was a Panama Red variety.
In any case, this vine will be inherited by the tenants we will rent it out to when we move to our more self-sufficient supportive property in about 4 months
When you say the flower was gone, Lois, exactly how 'gone' do you mean?
Did the actual whole flower disappear or do you mean it had closed up?
If it is disappeared, then you have possums as they love p'fruit flowers.
If it had just closed up then yes wait for the next one.
They should stay open more than one day though.
Drought or simply lack of water will cause them to close early to preserve moisture. Those flowers usually never set fruit in anycase.
It was gone. Yep we have possums. I will have to talk to my friend about something to keep them away. Maybe an onion bag full of cat and smelly dog hair from when I brush them down when they're shedding.
I have just pulled my vine down, it was nearly 5 years old, had the gong. I have two seedlings given to me by a garden member, apparantly from a black nellie kelly, the leaves are definitely passionfruit, but will they grow the fruit?