Saving Passionfruit Seeds

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Back when we lived in Florida I got a few passionfruit from the grocery store once. Being that we started so much from seeds and because we had a natural curiosity to see what would grow, I started the seeds. They did indeed grow and we hand pollinated our vines so we could harvest the fruit. We were successful and enjoyed doing this.

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Fast forward many years later to here in Texas and we have a Passiflora ‘incense’ which is a variety. I haven’t seen any fruit from this plant yet and I haphazardly did try to pollinate one of the flowers once this summer. We have native Passiflora incaranta and the tiny Passiflora lutea in the yard, too. I was the grocery store last weekend and our store had a clearance fruit section quite often. This time I was surprsied to see a bag of 12-15 passionfruits for a dollar! I nabbed them up quickly and have eaten on them all week. I opted to save one of them for seeds.

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I put the seeds into a jar and will let them ferment for a few days, rinse them, and start the seeds. I want to get them going and then will end up overwintering them so I can plant them next year. We’ll see if this little experiement works!

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