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Can anyone give me advice on passion flowers? I didn't cut it back and at the mo it looks pretty sad. Should I cut it back and see if it climbs again and treat it like my Clematis??? Could it just be the cold? Can I feed it? What's best?

Hi Max,

I cut my passion flower back drastically every year, anytime between late winter and late spring, and it grows back with a vengeance. I cut mine right back practically to the ground, but that's personal choice, to try and keep it under control. I never feed it - it's on very poor soil, against a south west facing wall.

Go for it!

Alina W

Is your passion flower in the ground or a tub? If it's in a tub, might it have got too dry?

@Lorea thanks for the advice. Will try cutting it back. Heavens have opened this afternoon, will try another day! @Alina no it's in the ground and usually gives a great display, perhaps I'm just impatient.
Alina W

You might be - the recent cool spell has slowed a lot of things down and made them late.



Mine is in the ground, trellised against a North facing wall.  I let it die off, then cut it right down to the ground.  It comes back well, but isn't doing anything at the moment.  I don't know if it's too soon to start shooting, or if its just a bit too cold and wet still.  I'd chop it. 


I thought I'd lost mine a few years back but it came back mid summer growing very strongly from the roots - this was after I cut it back.  Prior to that I never pruned it, just let it do its thing.  Then last year's harsh winter (2010/11) totally killed it off

Thanks for all your advice.  I have made the decision to give it a good cut.  Was going to do it yesterday, but the heavens opened so will have to wait for the next fine day.  Would have been good today as the weather was fab, only I had to go to work!! Trust the good old British weather!

@Dewy - I remember planting my passion flower a few years back (it was given to me by my mother-in-law) and at the time wasn't very impressed as it didn't do much, but I kept my patience and finally after two summers it flowered and look great along the trellis at the bottom of my garden.  I think it just needs tender loving care

ihave a passion flower infull bloom 17 10 12 should icut it back to ground level and mulch it

I have a passion flower which grows 20feet horizontally under the windows and onto the porch, I cut back all the side shoots when it has finished flowering. It is planted against a south facing wall, it is never fed or watered and blooms from spring until December, at peak flowering time it has dozens of blooms per day.  Hope this is helpful 

Any advice please I have a very nice passion flower which produces a few flowers and abundant buds which never develope Can t think what I am doing wrong. It is in a south facing corner but shaded from the west sun. it seems to be quite happy there but the buds don t come to flower. I am thinking I could move it to south west border where it would get more sun but not so much shelter. I have been feeding it. Any ideas please

Dordogne Damsel

Least you have got yours growing Meg 3, I planted some seeds about 3 months ago and did exactly what it said on the packet - nothing - it does say can take a while, but have  a feeling something not quite right - or am I just being impatient? 

After experts have helped Meg maybe they can consider my problem - please. 

Bubba Ray

Hi Meg,

I have a passion flower on a South facing wall, it gets the sun 1st thing in the morning and up to about 2ish in the afternoon. It took mine over two years to flower and the only thing I do is mulch around the base at the end of Autumn. I've taken cuttings and I'm trying to grow some from the seeds that the fruit produced this year.I hope you have some luck with your's Meg

Damsel, I hope your's germinate.

Best of luck to the both of you


Mine is on a shadyish fence and thrives lol. Been flowering all Summer and is even starting to produce some fruit!

Bubba Ray


 Couple of photos of mine taken about 6 weeks ago 


Dordogne Damsel

So lovely, I hope mine turns out like this eventually! 

DD.......I always understood that you got more germination success by leaving some of the pith/jelly on the seeds when you sow them.  Buying them dry never worked for me.......blasted things !



Hi I have a Passion flower it's about 8ft under window, I'm not to sure how to cut it do I just trim the bad brown bits off or do I cut it down to the stem, it blooms every year I only cut it today but I have taken just the dead bits off and the stems that are bright green I have left im new to all this but love this flower sorry for been thick lol 


Hi Emma, Passion flowers seem to grow best in rubbish conditions I dont know why,I had in different gardens great success by treating them like Roses, some I let grow almost wild and some I chopped completely back to the ground, all came back with avengeance, the fruit was sweet and always looked good, I never fed or molly coddled them but  I,v planted one last year on a pyramid and this year im going to feed and hopefully get cuttings to train up a wall and use it as a base grower for other climbers as the passion is so strong, go4it give it a good crew cut. 

Hi I have a passion flower and it as started to wilt what could be the matter with it      Please help