Passionfruit

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  1. Mark

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    Another fruit that ripens during a subtropical winter ;)
     
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    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.
     
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    I think you should let passionfruit ripen on the vine whenever possible... Are yours falling off green?
     
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    They fall off purple. I only ever pick them off the ground. But you're supposed to let them sit and go wrinkly before eating ? Maybe mine have an issue if the inside isnt fully liquid ?
     
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    I just read another thing, they need lots of water. I don't water mine much. I guess it's possible, wjile being purple coloured they aren't completely ripe.
     
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    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.
     
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    They don't have to be wrinkled to eat they just need to be ripe. You can often tell if passionfruit is ready to eat by colour and smell (they smell sweeter).

    Yes, often wrinkled passionfruit can show they are ripe but it isn't an absolute indicator and most of ours (black and yellow) are eaten when the fruit is still hard and smooth.
     
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    Allowing them to wrinkle is a process of dehydration which concentrates the sugars and flavour.
     
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    That's for ripened fruits. There are also those that wrinkle/shrivel prior to them ripening (when green) and will usually drop prematurely.
     
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    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...
     
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    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
     
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    Ohhh how exciting... great stuff :cheers:
     
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    Does anyone know how to tickle passionfruit flowers?
    My friend usually does it but is away. I don't know.
     
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    Surely if there are insects are night time & bees during the day, then there will be enough to pollinate the passionfruit?

    But if I had to do it I would try a soft (house) paint brush or barbers brush.
     
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    The flower was gone this morning. Anyway I will give the paint brush a go.
    Thanks ClissAT
    Regards Lois Langley
     
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    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.
     
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    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.

    Thanks ClissAT

    Regards Lois Langley
     
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    Pretty much the only thing I have found to work against possums is a strong barrier ie wire netting wrapped around whatever you hope to save.
     
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    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?
     
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