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Re: zones/passiflora

on 01/21/2003 10:20 AM, Aplfgcnys@aol.com at Aplfgcnys@aol.com wrote:
I wonder why they don't bloom much.  Anyone on the board have a suggestion?
> I have two different passifloras - don't really know the botanical names of
> either.  Both were started from seed many years ago - one I bought from a
> catalog, probably Gurney or Jung - the other from seed given me by an
> Australian friend who said it was a native plant there.  Both live and thrive
> in my house.  They are quite different, but each is easy to propagate.  I
> have tried leaving both outside in the winter, and neither has survived even
> a moderately cold spell.
> The American one has quite thin leaves and vines.  It lives under a lamp
> beside a small couch, and climbs right up the wall and under the set of
> bookshelves above the couch.  About twice a year I cut it down and divide and
> repot the plant.  It will look bad for a couple of weeks, and then begins to
> cover the wall again.
> The Australian one has larger, dark green, leathery leaves and a much
> heftier vine with very sturdy tendrils that make great line material for
> miniature flower arrangements.  This one lives in a south-west facing window
> in the winter and in the summer it hangs in the breezeway between the house
> and the garage - again a south-west exposure.  Twice a year when it moves,
> indoors or out, I must cut away great masses of it and repot.  In the summer
> it grows right over the garage roof, so doesn't seem to mind the heat from
> the dark shingles.  I've had each of these for more than 20 years.  Neither
> has done much in the way of blooming, but I keep them because I like the
> foliage and vigorous growth.
> There are many things that I just don't even try to winter over outdoors -
> the house begins to look like a jungle in the winter.  Auralie
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