for passion fruit
have a young passion fruit tree about six months old. After how
many years is it frost free? Also, what do you feed them? Could
you also tell me what to feed tamarillo trees?
are semi-evergreen tendril climbing perennial vines and enjoy a
warm, sheltered, frost-free position. If you are unable to provide
these conditions, maybe you should consider planting your passionfruit
in a pot so that it can be moved before frost sets in. If planting
into pots is not an option, you could consider using frost cloth
to cover the vine. Frost cloth lets in light, but keeps frost off
plants and is very effective. It can be left on for a period of
time or removed each day. Frost cloth is available from hardware
stores and garden centres.
Feed passionfruit with
a specially blended citrus tree fertiliser for the best results.
Passionfruit are fast growing and so require regular feeding
at least four times during the growing season. Avoid applying fertiliser
in autumn as this will promote soft growth that will not be adequately
hardened off before winter.
Passionfruit are short-lived
plants bearing fruit for 5-6 years. After this time, replant new
Tamarillos are also frost
tender plants; a warm, sunny, sheltered position is important. Apply
a citrus tree fertiliser at the recommended rate in spring.
by Dr Dan Blanchon from Unitec's Diploma in Sustainable Horticulture and Bachelor
of Resource Management.
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