Passion Flower 5 seeds (Passiflora Actinia) - Huge Blooms,Unusual
Passiflora actinia is a very interesting passion flower for mild climates gardeners (USDA zone 9b and warmer). This vine is vigorous, ornemental, has showy fragrant flowers and edible fruits.
Passiflora actinia is relatively frost-hardy, as it will withstand brief colds down to 24°F
P.actinia has an evergreen foliage. Leaves are entire, ovate, and are up to 4 in (10 cm) long and 3 in (about 8 cm) wide.
Flowers are sweetly fragrant. Petals and sepals are white ; corona is white, banded with mauve. Flowers are about 3.5 in (9 cm) wide. This passionflower tends to bloom in spring and autumn.
Fruits of Passiflora actinia are golden-orange when ripe and are edible. Pulp is very fragrant.
Soak seed in warm water for 24 hours before sowing, in a good seed compost at 1/4" deep. For Passiflora seeds, instead of using water you can use a high pulp fruit juice such as passion fruit juice or orange juice. The acid in these juices will soften the shell and speed up germination. Keep damp soil, not soaking wet. Keep pot in warm situation 20°C/68°F, 24°C/75°F. Cover the top of the pot with clear plastic so the humidity will remain high. When you see some tiny plants starting to sprout, slowly open the top of the pot, a little each day, so that the new seedlings don't go into shock from the humidity being lowered too quickly. Germination of Passiflora can occur in weeks or take several months. If you want to speed up germination, you can use the bottom heat technique, but it isn't a must.
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