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AHardy Passion Flower

AHardy Passion Flower

Hardy Passion Flower

I was wallowing in what-could-have-been when I heard a little voice that said, “You’re not gonna be that person who looks back”. That person took hold of me and right now I’m in the game and loving it. Since then I’ve tried to create opportunities for others to do the same with my book. Genuinely real, emotional stories are the easiest way to connect with readers, I think.Recently, a newbie called ‘Alba Supernova’ entered the hardy passion flower scene, and its blooms are the largest ones I have ever witnessed on this native plant. This variety is a tetraploid, which means it has a larger leaf and flower size and greater fruit production.

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The 5-inch flower has a pinkish color during cool days and in the morning, but as the day becomes hotter, it turns a pure white. It is delightfully fragrant and can take hot and humid conditions. The flower filaments are thicker and give this plant a distinctly tropical look. It will bloom all summer and even into fall. The leaves are a handsome dark green and keep the plant looking good even when it’s not in flower. ‘Alba Supernova’ is a vigorous plant and may pop up in other parts of the garden from underground runners, but these are easily removed if unwanted.Hardy passionflower (Passiflora incarnata) is also known as maypop, which is a flowering vine native to North America. This tropical-looking plant grows well in U.S. Department of Agriculture plant hardiness zones 6 through 9. In mild climates, this vine grows as an evergreen plant, but dies back to the ground when exposed to freezing temperatures. The vines grow back from the roots in the spring. Dying back each year eliminates the need to prune the vines back to control the size.

The hardy passionflower grows best in full sun exposure. This plant does not tolerate any shade. Keep the soil moist, but not waterlogged so plant in well-draining soil. The roots put on excess leafy growth unless contained. Being root bound encourages this plant to produce more flowers and fruit. Train the vines to grow up a trellis so the plant does not sprawl on the ground. Upright growth also makes it easier to pick the fruit.Passion flowers generally fall into two groups. The first are the hardy types that are able to grow outside in a sunny, sheltered location in the garden. The second group are tender and you will to grow them in a conservatory or warm greenhouse. So, the first decision you'll need to make is whether to grow border passion flowers or conservatory passion flowers, if you have a suitable indoor space. You can try them as houseplants too, but they need a light position and lots of space to grow, as these climbers are usually at least 3m (10ft) tall (Source: www.rhs.org.uk)

 

 

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