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I happened to be in Victor Harbour last week and luckily got lost on my way to my destination, only to find a very handy Mitre 10. I popped in to get the things on my list, and discovered a black passionfruit vine which appeared to have been grown from seed. I emailed the company on the plant label, “Top Taste” by United Nurseries, and received a prompt reply letting me know that the grafted ones they sell are clearly labelled as such, and that this was indeed grown from seed. I was quite pleased! It cost about $6 but is a healthy looking plant. I know others have been looking for non-grafted varieties too at different times, and just thought I’d give everyone a heads up. It’s frustrating that other growers don’t always label their plants as grafted and I’ve put plants back on the shelf in the past when I’ve asked staff at other stores about it and been told that they only have grafted ones.
Happy spring gardening everyone!
Today I dug some passionfruit out of the garden (where the seeds had come up all by themselves) and planted them into some pots 🙂 They’re either yellow or red, but either way delicious (and free) 🙂
Bron, that is absolutely the best way to get passionfruit plants! When we lived in Townsville, I hung that green plastic trellis stuff from the eaves of our patio and had a large green “wall” of passionfruit growing. It was great – cooled the house in summer, provided a screen for the patio and gave us heaps of fresh passionfruit. New plants were regularly growing up from the self-sown seeds and it just kept regenerating. We were sorry to leave it behind!