Passionfruit – hand pollination

Passionfruit vines rely on bees to pollinate their flowers because they have a large gap between the pollen-bearing male parts of the flower and the female part. Only when the female part of each flower receives passionfruit pollen can the flower form a fruit. If you don’t have a lot of bees around your passionfruit vine, or if you have a young vine with few flowers, you can pollinate the flowers by hand.

All you need is a small, soft watercolour paintbrush for the job, and this short video by “woodyfriendron” demonstrates the practice beautifully:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eicamZk1qis

3 thoughts on “Passionfruit – hand pollination

  1. Do I have to hand pollinate all the flowers on the passionfruit vine or just a few?

    Only pollinated flowers will produce a fruit, Maureen. If you see bees around your passionfruit vine (most commonly mid morning when it is not windy), they will probably do the job for you. – Lyn

  2. Hi there. I’ve a year and a half year old vine that is growing so much. It has had dozens of flowers the last few months and many more coming. I’ve tried several times to pollinate the flowers, but still not a single fruit set. I have never fertilised it. It never looks water stressed, but maybe it needs more water? It is growing so much that I need to prune it a bit, but I am hesitant to loose the opportunity for fruit. Do I need another vine to cross pollinate? Did I make it angry? Has it got a mind of its own and wants to give me no fruit and instead invade my house and tear down the fence?
    Hi Emily, in which area do you live? Do you know whether you have a common black passionfruit, a banana variety or one of the Panama varieties? It is very difficult to help solve your problem without knowing what climate, soil types and plant variety you are dealing with. – Lyn :)

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