How to propagate passion flower cuts is a question asked by many gardeners, and answered by few. There is more than one answer, and it depends on the type of cuttings used. Cuttings taken from established plants can be used, or cuttings taken from seeds, or from cuttings of a hybrid variety of rose. The former are generally easier to propagate because they are already established.
With most of the better varieties of passion flower used for this purpose, it is necessary to keep the root structure in mind. The manner in which they develop and grow will determine how easy or hard they are to propagate once they have been cut from the plant. If there is not enough support (air) for the shoot, it will wither and die, but if enough support is present, the shoot will grow strong and healthy. Thus, it is important to examine a plant carefully when deciding how to propagate.
Some cuttings taken from growing passion flower plants will never bear fruit of their own. In this case, the best choice would be to cut the original plant from the plant, separate the offsets, and re-pest them with cuttings taken from another plant of similar habit and size. It is also possible to propagate these cuttings by cutting off just below the divergent branch on which they are growing, and re-pasting them on an opposite branch. Some people believe that it is best to use new cutting methods in order to make sure that they are reproducing properly. However, it must be noted that most serious cuttings have had adequate time to develop roots and produce fruit.
People who try their hand at growing passion fruit cuttings must make sure they are using sharp cutters. Not only is this important from the point of view of preserving the cuttings for later use, but it is also equally important from the point of view of ensuring the cuttings are reproducing correctly. When you cut a young flower, it is easy to get rid of the majority of its fragrance producing chemicals, as well as the stamen (the active part of the flower). It is the cutting process that leaves behind a’straggling’ of the flower’s stem. This means the stem has not been cut neatly, allowing the fragrance chemicals to escape. If you do not reproduce these chemicals correctly, your cuttings will not have any fragrance at all, or they may even smell more like cabbage than a sweet rose.
The majority of garden guides and books will contain detailed instructions on how to propagate passion fruit cuttings. The best way to propagate cuttings successfully is to start them in small containers that are not too shallow, as you do not want to encourage rapid root growth. Some garden guides recommend one inch deep pots, while others prefer six inches deep. It is important to keep pots relatively shallow – less than an inch deep can sometimes cause the cuttings to dry out excessively quickly.
You should take care when moving cuttings about, so that you do not damage their roots. When moving cuttings around, it is important to place them as closely as possible to the main plant, using supports if necessary to ensure they are firmly planted. Most garden guides will advise planting cuttings in six-inch pots, using pins to hold them in place.
In most garden guides on how to grow passion fruit, propagation is taught with pots. However, it is possible to plant cuttings directly into flowerpots. This method is easier if the cuttings are very young – cut a couple of leaves off and place them carefully into the pot. It is not essential that they be put into the same pot as the main plant; however, it is important to keep them in a water solution for the time they are in the pot, making sure the water stays completely saturated. The leaves should remain on top of the potting media to encourage a strong root system.
There are many other ways on how to propagate passion flower cuttings. They can be directly divided into two main groups – those that use seeds and those that use cutting. Cutting methods are used more commonly when propagating passion flowers because they are the easiest and quickest. Those who grow the cuttings themselves will usually follow a different set of instructions, but can be accomplished quickly and easily. No matter how one grows them, these flowers are absolutely beautiful.