Passiflora mollissima (Banana Passion Flower) seeds
A lovely vine, native to central America, with delicate, 3-lobed leaves, gorgeous pink flowers and large, yellow, banana-shaped fruit which taste similar to oranges. Best grown in a pot up to about 30cm as restricting its roots will produce more flowers. Wrap up well in winter or move to a frost free place.
Half Hardy Climber (min. 1C)
Position: Sun or semi shade in well drained soil
Height: to 5m
Packet of 25 seeds
Sowing Instructions: Sow at any time of the year and as soon as possible after receipt. Sow in pots at a depth of 6mm into a good free draining damp seed compost, seal in a polythene bag and maintain at about 21C. Keep the compost moist, but not over wet. Germination can take anywhere from 7 days to 3 months. If any seed still haven’t germinated after 3 months, transfer the container in its bag to the fridge for a further 3 months. Check regularly for germination and remove from the fridge immediately if it does occur. After 3 months return the container to 21C and germination should occur.
Growing Instructions: When seedlings are large enough to handle, pot up individually into 7.5cm pots and grow on in a coldframe (in summer, in a shady place as cool as possible), and plant out the following spring in moist, loamy soil or in a pot with moist, but free draining soil. Move to a frost free place in winter or wrap well (including the pot) in fleece jackets.