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19/07/2013 at 14:21

I have a passion flower in a sunny, sheltered, west-facing spot where it gets plenty of sunlight.  I only got it this year and it's been growing really quickly and has been very healthy until about 5 days ago when it's begun to go limp and appears to be wilting. 

I've been watering it every night but it doesn't seem to be getting better.  Anyone any suggestions?  I've attached a picture of the leaves in case there's something obvious I'm missing.

http://s4.gardenersworld.com/uploads/images/original/27838.jpg?width=504&height=350&mode=max

 

19/07/2013 at 17:39

Is the soil soggy? It may have been overwatered.

More likely, perhaps, is vine weevil.

Have a dig in the pot - if you see fat white C-shaped maggots with a dark head you have vine weevil.

Corrently, it can be treated with Provado Vine Weevil Killer, which is a water-on solution.

Unfortunately, the roots have often been eaten away too much by the time you find it - is there any piece of plant still healthy enouigh to take a cutting from?

Finally, check that slugs haven't stripped the bark from the stems at ground level. This happens with clematis.

19/07/2013 at 19:00

Hi, thanks very much for the reply.  I've had a little poke around the roots and couldn't find a single vine weevil.  I know what they look like because I've found them before and fed them to the birds!

I'm not sure it's been over-watered as the soil was moist but not too much at all  (which isn't surprising given the weather).  Unfortunately I think it's too far gone to take any cutting from it which is disappointing, but not the end of the world.

I'll give it a short while with little or no water and see how it responds...

19/07/2013 at 19:01

Oh, and the base of it looked fine, so I don't think slugs are the culprits

19/07/2013 at 19:23

Mention of Passion Flowers always reminds me of a hillside village in Tuscany called Monteriggioni. A typical Tuscan village.town on the top of a hill, built for the summer breeze to keep the village and vinyards cool `down below`.

The surrounding walls of the village in summer are covered in Passiflora and what a wonderful sight it is. If you can go there, there is a fabulous long view across the vinyards of Chianti Country looking towards Sienna. What a place!!

The weather, limited rain, much sun and warm long days - a bit like what we are having not but they have EVERY year. 

20/07/2013 at 08:39

bigolob, you see them here all over Tuscany. They're lovely in full bloom. I planted one but had to yank it, unfortunately. They're invasive monsters. I'm still finding it popping up two or three years later.

Santy, I think you might have been overwatering. Giving it a break from water is a good idea.

14/08/2013 at 22:10

HI Santy I,m really interested as to how your passion flower is doing. I have started encountering the same problem with wilting. Likewise I have started watering every day thinking this would help, but no, it hasn,t.. Has there been any improvement since you cut back on the watering?

14/08/2013 at 22:15

It may be that relatively newly planted plants don't have sufficient root development to service the amount of greenery that has grown above ground, particularly in hot dry conditions.  I think I'd cut the plant down by about half.

18/08/2013 at 09:18

Cant help with the wilting but I was wondering if anyone could help with my passion flower problem. Something is eating my passion flower. I had plenty of flowers last year and there are some buds appearing (nibbled) but both plants are being eaten, I cant find any caterpillars and the damage looks too severe for earwigs,any ideas?

22/08/2013 at 11:27

Hi Santy and Agricula, I'm having the exact same problem with mine! The stems look healthy but the leaves huave suddenly wilted as in your picture Santy. I was concerned it may have been overwatered so I cut back, but then the leaves got dry and crunchy and I've no idea what to try next! Did either of you have any luck with revival or should I just give up and replace it?! 

22/08/2013 at 11:28
23/08/2013 at 00:24

hi santy, i bought three passion flowers, planted them side by side in three planters, they all grew but one in particular shot up the lattice and halfway back down,then it suddenly died the death, crispy as a bit of streaky bacon, other two are growing very sedately ???...

23/08/2013 at 10:18

The flowers on my Passion flower did not form properly this year. I have cut it down and dug it up and potted it and new healthy shoots are growing again . Aim to try it in another position next year

 

23/08/2013 at 11:19
hi i had the same prob so i took cuttings as best i could, and they are all ok so the problem didn't carry on, at the same time as they grew i fed the cuttings half with Baby bio and half with 50/1 Nettle tea ( the dry way ) just to see which was the better for me, bio ok no probs at all, nettle tea plants have loved it and are strong and twice as big , the original plant came back after the cutting and is now ok,
TRH
31/08/2013 at 09:22

My Passion flower has had two very good flowering summers and this summer lots of fruit have formed and were turning orange...I've jut been away for a week and come back to find the plant is dying/died....it's completely wilted and looking very sorry for itself! all my other plants are very well, even my pots, so I don't know what's happened to the Passion flower? 

I gave it a good water on return and have started to take fruit off to see if that makes a difference, but still looking pretty dead this morning. Is there anything else I can do? Such a shame as it is a big plant now and covering a large area of my garden. 

04/09/2013 at 00:13

I bought two this year and planted the common one in the ground and the lilac coloured one in a big pot. Funny enough the one in the pot has grown a lot lot more than the one in the ground. And it has formed two fruits as well. It isnt much but for a young plant is not bad. The flowers are stunning but they only last a couple of days.

http://s4.gardenersworld.com/uploads/images/original/30473.jpg?width=276&height=350&mode=max

 

11/06/2014 at 06:45

Can I grow a Passion Flower successfully in a pot?

Soolar

14/07/2014 at 10:21

I have had my passionflower for 3 years & this year is the first time that it has bloomed, but with only one flower. Do you think it will bloom better next year?

15/07/2014 at 09:00

Hi Soolar,a few years ago i planted a p/f in a good big heavy terracotta pot about a couple of years later or so it had escaped the bottom of  the pot and went into the worst soil/rubble in the garden and spread over 30 feet on an iron fence it was stunning ,i hardly ever watered it,strange plants Passions and a good pot is the way.

Ps I had to saw it down when when it became just unmanageable, i have one now and i keep it a reasonable size in a Pot .i really dont know whats wrong with Santys  Good Luck, 

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