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Granadilla

Passiflora edulis

Passionfruit (Eng.), Grinadella (Afr.)

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Grinedellas are vigourous vines that can easily be trained up a trellis. They tend to reach for the sky - prune to help guide in more formal areas or fill bottom trellis too. The Ester selection of granadilla variety is a vigorous climbing vine and productive grower. Fruits are round to oval with a tough purple skin and a high pulp content. The delicious pulp is often used in drinks, deserts and fruity recipes. The plants should be trained to grow on a well-constructed trellis, otherwise they are soon out of reach!

Planning

Difficulty
Easy
Flowering time
Summer, Autumn, Spring
Fruiting time
Summer, Autumn

Harvesting

Two bearing seasons: early spring and mid to late summer. Can go into winter if it is a mild. Allow fruit to ripen on the vine and harvest fruit once they have dropped onto the ground. Fruit at best once the outer skin begins to wrinkle.

Propagation

Seed
Cut through a granadilla and scoop out the contents. Thoroughly wash the contents to separate the seed from the pulp. Dry the seed and sow it in seedling trays.

Special features

Crop rotation
Heavy Feeder

Geography

Origin
South and Central America; Ester a selection from South Africa, Polokwane
Natural climate
Temperate to sub-tropical

Environment

Light
Full Sun
Soil moisture
Moist
Soil type
Loam, Sand
Soil PH preference
Neutral
Frost hardiness
Tender

Uses

Edible
The fruit has a deep yellow to orange fleshy pulp in the centre of a purple casing. Fruit can be left to ripen and fall to the ground before being picked up.
Notes
Culinary

Personality

Family
Passifloraceae
Flower colour
White with purple centre
Scent
None

Problems

Frequent pest occur on granadillas including stinkbugs and tip wilters. Damping off of seedlings is caused by fungi and root rot can also be deadly.
Root Rot
Root Rot
Phytophthora spp.

Companion plants

Always plant groundcovers/mulch etc to keep soil cool and protect roots

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