Passion fruit is very easy to grow. If you have a family member, friend, neighbor, or co-worker who has passion fruit save yourself $30, ask for some passionfruit cuttings. Hydrate the cuttings in water and plant in soil (preferable against the fence, wall, patio) so there is room for the passionfruit plant to crawl on, or an area where you could put a trellis up.
Right now it's passion fruit season and the flowers are blooming. Here's how we hand pollinate passionfruit to bear fruit using a Q-tip. The main objective is collecting pollen from the anther and transferring to the stigma.
1. You want to gently swab and collect pollen (yellow) from the anther.
2. You will now dab the pollen to the stigma (green area).
Photo #1: Swab and collect pollen from anther
Photo #2: Some pollen is collected
Photo #3: Dab pollen to stigma.
Repeat process and to cross hand pollinate the other flowers.
I live in French Polynesia, Tahiti and we grow a lot of passionfruit here on the island. I just take the grain from one fruit that I allow to get overripe and plant it again in the ground to grow. I have never had to hand pollinate the flowers here on the islands. I guess the only reason you'd need to do this one is that you don't have enough bees in your area to do it with. Normally if you have a lot of honey bees around they do the job for you. I have tons of fruit on my vines year round and at times there is so much that we can't eat it all.
What a lovely predicament to be in :) Too much passion fruit, Yum! What is your favorite thing to do with all the fruit?
I just love the flowers and love the fruit even more!
That is amazing! I gave some cuttings and my relatives and some have fruit bearing this year and some haven't he-he.
Yes, not much bees here so I think the hand pollination helps. :) I love making smoothies with passion fruit.