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How to Hand Pollinate Passionfruit

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.

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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.

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June 23, 20201 found this helpful

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.

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June 23, 20200 found this helpful

What a lovely predicament to be in :) Too much passion fruit, Yum! What is your favorite thing to do with all the fruit?

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June 23, 20200 found this helpful

That is amazing! I gave some cuttings and my relatives and some have fruit bearing this year and some haven't he-he.

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Yes, not much bees here so I think the hand pollination helps. :) I love making smoothies with passion fruit.

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June 24, 20200 found this helpful

The next time you have some fruit on the vines save one of them and allow it to dry out. Then cut it open and clean out the seeds. You will need to wash them off really well. Now allow them to dry out. You can now take these seeds and plant them again next year if you keep them in your refrigerator it will preserve the seeds for a very long time. The growing season here in Tahiti is year-round. We plant the entire year. During our summer month, which is your winter, this is our heavy rain season and we don't plant as much salad during this time of the year.

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There are ways around this if we use planter boxes then we can plant a lot of salad year-round. The fruit almost grows wild here on the islands and it never seems to die off. We can plant one or two seeds and have fruit for several years. We just trim up the vines and they continue to grow all the time. I normally eat the fruit or use it to make jelly, pies, or juice with them.

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June 24, 20200 found this helpful

Thank you. I will try growing from seed. This is from cuttings. :) In California, we harvest fruit late spring to fall but it doesn't grow year-round for us.

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June 23, 20200 found this helpful

I just love the flowers and love the fruit even more!

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June 23, 20200 found this helpful

I love how beautiful & detailed the flowers are! The fruit is a bonus!

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