Hi, I wanted a passiflora to frame my window, so set about repotting a plant and installed a system of adjustable shower curtain rods for it to climb on. It was off to an amazing start in no time, lots of new shots and dense foliage. But I soon noticed that it was shedding the leaves closest to the pot leading to naked stems where there previously had been plenty of leaves. This was during the summer so I assumed that the plant was reacting to there being more sunlight in that area, and that the leaves would return once autumn came around. But now that the harshest sunlight has passed the problem persists, it seems as if the barren area of the plan is unable to grow new leaves, despite those stems being perfectly able to deliver nutrients to the shoots further up. I have read other passiflora related threads on this forum, and become more conscientious about adding nutrients to the water as well as pruning the lusher areas of the plant. But this did not improve the barren part of the plant as such. I would be grateful for any advice that could "even out" my plant again. I am prepared to do some more pruning, but worried about killing it entirely so would appreciate hearing more about how and where to cut.
Wow that's really clever. I'm afraid I don't know enough to suggest why that's happening or how to improve it. If it were up to me I'd probably just put another plant next to the bare bit to disguise the stems
OK, so spring is back and the passiflora (updated picture) is in rude good health. I am hoping you can help me decide where and how to prune in order to even out the foliage.
Do I cut all the way down to the pot? I am hoping to have foliage start sprouting all the way from the roots and up. But at the same time I am worried that if I prune so thoroughly that it has no foliage left, I would inhibit its photosynthesis and thereby kill the plant?
I think it's one of those plants that when they lose the leaves near the base they don't grow back there I suppose you could start again by cutting back fully but then it might not regrow! What about cutting some of the newer shoots an inch back. That will stop them growing and perhaps encourage new shoots from around the base?
p.s. I love the look you're going for! Very clever.