Is my passionflower dead???

(48 Posts)
kitsmummy Sun 22-Mar-09 17:51:03

Hi, I am a new gardner (eg haven't really got a clue what i'm doing, but am enjoying it). Last September I planted a passionflower to grow up the side of a wall. Couldn't plant it any earlier cos garden not ready til then. It seemed happy enough and gave us some flowers. This year though it looks brown and dead and I don't know if it's going to come to life or if it really is dead. It gets the sun in a fairly sheltered garden so I was expecting to see something happening by now, or is it still too early? thanks

Tangle Sun 22-Mar-09 20:06:16

May well be too early. I moved into a new house a couple of years back and really hacked back a big old passion flower (like sawed through a stem 1.5" across!). It thrived. Overwinter this year I've cut it back to that one big stem again - and so far it looks like its still dead (and I'm in Hants), but I'm reasonably confident it'll spring into action as the weather warms up.

As long as it got established before the winter you should see some signs of life in the next month or two - maybe sooner if it doesn't get too cold again.

kitsmummy Mon 23-Mar-09 07:16:49

great, thanks

loggedout Mon 23-Mar-09 16:40:07

I cut mine back hard last year, thoughtI'd killed it but it came back with a vengeance (sp?), growing now but got frosted a couple of nights ago at some parts. Still alive!

Mspontipine Tue 24-Mar-09 09:54:23

Mine still looks dead too. Got high hopes for it this year! Last year it grew rapantly but not a single flower!

Bramshott Tue 24-Mar-09 09:58:20

I'm really hoping it's too early, because mine is looking lifeless too. Let's all keep our fingers crossed. Mine has been fine the past few years, but this winter has been a cold one . . .

Sometimes they shoot again from lower down and you have to untangle the brown bits higher up and cut them out or it looks messy.

There's one against a friends wall near here that fruits! Edible fruits!!

curiouscat Thu 26-Mar-09 17:19:47

I'm sure it'll come back to life, lucky you. To be on the safe side you could try feeding the roots with a general purpose liquid. Mine died a year ago but sent out underground shoots so basically relocated itself in the next generation.

Mspontipine Tue 31-Mar-09 22:32:56

Fed mine, poked at it hopefully....

fishie Tue 31-Mar-09 22:35:47

mine isn't going yet and it is on a very very sheltered wall (it is with an avocado tree, acer and chinese virg creeper which are all fine)

mooseloose Tue 31-Mar-09 22:39:43

Too early I think. I pull it up every year, and it always sprouts!

Mspontipine Tue 31-Mar-09 22:41:07

For now here's a little treat here hopefully!

fishie Wed 01-Apr-09 08:47:14

ooer mspontipine this thread is so innocuous, i am v intruiged.

mistlethrush Wed 01-Apr-09 08:49:52

If a young passionflower is set back by a cold winter, it can even take until June to start getting going again. Once they are a bit better established its not so bad.

Mspontipine Wed 01-Apr-09 09:05:40

I know fishie!! What it was was I'd done a gorgeous link to a lovely picture I'd taken of a passion flower but it had my full name on it and I panicked! I did wonder whether to leave it as on a thread about passion flowers I know I am amongst true friends but I just couldn't do it!

I have always been completely anonamous (sp??) on here so feel can really talk about stuff on here in ways that are impossible in rl.

On other subjects not passion flowers of course!

kitsmummy Wed 01-Apr-09 21:09:29

Oh thanks Mistlethrush, it was a young'un so maybe that's what's happened <hopeful>

Mine has also really been caught by the hard frost this year and is still looking quite dead. Poked it a bit this afternoon, but I think I'm going to have to be harsh and chop it back and hope for the best. To be honest it was getting a bit unruly so I don't mind too much! In my last garden something similar happened one year and it sprang back to life a bit later on.

kittywise Wed 01-Apr-09 22:28:13

It's still a bit early.

My passionflower looked really really dead for a long time a few years back i really thought I had to pull it up, then all of a sudden it decided to grow again!

Mspontipine Wed 01-Apr-09 23:11:59

I believe the time to prune is when it does finally begin to grow again - I'm going to have a look see if I can find the bit again...

Mspontipine Wed 01-Apr-09 23:20:56

Here's the science bit!!

Apparantly they like tomato feed - will give mine a bit soon. Arrrr a stressed plant will flower more readily than a comfy one! Mine must be well comfy!!

Mspontipine Thu 09-Apr-09 23:44:47

I've now added myself a profile page so I can share pictures - I've put one of my favourite passionflower pictures on it smile

kitsmummy Fri 10-Apr-09 16:19:02

Oooh v pretty.

Mine's still looking dead sad

Pannacotta Fri 10-Apr-09 19:36:59

kits mine is not very alive looking but I think they are just late into leaf.
If you gently sratch at the stem and it is green then its alive, if its brown then its dead...

Mspontipine Tue 05-May-09 21:48:48

This morning mine has tiny ickle red and green buddy leaves - hurrah!! Isn't spring a miracle!!

I cut mine down to a stalk approx 50cm high a couple of weeks ago.

Anyone else?

Pannacotta Tue 05-May-09 22:26:12

Mine has good signs of life, as predicted they seem to be just late into leaf....

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