QUICK REFERENCE PLANTING GUIDE
1. Light/Sun Exposure - Full to part sun.
2. USDA Hardiness Zones - 9 to11. (In cooler zones 3 to 8 bring in before frost and treat as a houseplant throughout fall and winter months.)
3. Planting Distance - 2 to 3 feet apart in-ground or one plant per 12 inch or larger container.
4. Mature Height/Spread - 3 feet tall in pots the first year, with heavier branching mature plants within two years. If planted in-ground in warmer zones it will be slightly taller than 3 feet.
5. Bloom Time - Spring through fall.
6. Planting Instructions - Dig a hole twice as wide and twice as deep as the pot in which your plant is grown. Please note that many of our pots are biodegradable. If your plant is not in a traditional plastic pot then you may place the entire biodegradable pot in the ground; otherwise, gently remove the root ball from the pot. Partially backfill the hole with soil and place the plant into the hole. The top of the root ball should be level with the ground surrounding the hole. Refill the hole with soil, firming the soil around the plant with your fingers. Check to be sure that the plant is not planted too deeply. If it is, raise the plant carefully and refirm the soil. Water thoroughly.
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The outstanding Passion Vines we offer are improved varieties that will stand out wherever they are used. Whether indoors or outdoors, in-ground or containerized, this kit will add a punch of color to any dull garden area. And best of all, these vines grow well in most U.S. climates. For best performance provide them with well-drained soil and full sun outdoors or from a southern window exposure indoors.
Passion (Passiflora) Vines are great tropical plants for the beginning gardener and the varieties in this offer will spell S-U-C-C-E-S-S for gardeners of any skill level. These easy-care plants are manageable as either a houseplant or as an outdoor patio plant. They take well to containers so they can be used anywhere space is limited.
Passiflora 'Blue Bouquet' - It's the blue that gets you. This Passiflora has white and blue filaments surrounding a deep purple center. Flowers are 3 inches across on a 3 foot tall vine. It is a heavy bloomer that puts on a spectacular display in the summer garden often with more than one hundred flowers open at once.
Passiflora 'Lady Margaret' - A hybrid created by crossing P. coccinea with P. Incarnate that is a fast grower that reaches 3' tall. The result of the cross is a new color variation comprised of dazzling raspberry-red with a bright white center and white accents sprinkled throughout the corona.
Although these plants will perform well in average garden soils of all types, we recommend having your soil tested periodically by the local County Extension Office. These tests can determine if the soil needs any amendments to enhance your plants' growth and performance. See below for our recommended practice to improve your soil without any additional testing:
1. Spade or till the soil to a depth of 12-18 inches.
2. To provide nutrients and improve drainage, add organic matter to your soil by mixing in a 2 to 4-inch layer of dehydrated manure, garden compost, shredded leaves, and/or peat moss.
3. After active growth begins, periodically feed with Cottage Farms' water soluble Carefree Bud-N-Flower Booster. Plants in containers need more frequent watering and feeding, especially when in active growth and bloom.
Water - Your plants require 1" of rainfall (or equivalent watering) each week when planted in the ground. Do not allow plants in containers to dry out. In a container that is exposed to full sun, water it well at least once every other day, and possibly every day, during periods of intense summer heat. You may wish to temporarily move containerized plants to an area where they are shielded from the hot summer sun (i.e., in the shade of a tree, on a porch near an overhang).
Mulching - Apply a 2-4 inch layer of shredded bark, compost or other organic mulch around your plants to promote moisture retention, maintain even soil temperatures, and to discourage weed growth.
Weeding - Keep the area around your plants free of weeds. Weeds compete with all plants for food, water and light. Walk around the garden periodically and pull weeds, including the roots, as soon as you see them.
Grooming - Clip off dead or unsightly growth to maintain attractive form and shape. Deadhead or remove flowers when blooms have faded, leaving as much foliage as possible. As long as the foliage remains green it will gather sunlight and transmit energy into the root system for the following growing season.
Feeding - Feed your plants once every 2-3 weeks during the growing season with a water-soluble fertilizer such as Cottage Farms' Carefree Bud-N-Flower Booster.
Winterizing - When you bring your plant indoors for the winter, select a room that is bright, preferably with a southern exposure.
Indoors, plants tend to dry out from lack of humidity; however, this does not mean to water them daily. When temperatures in the home rise above 67 degrees F, the humidity drops drastically. If you don't have an automatic humidifier, either freestanding or built into your heating system, it may be necessary to sacrifice a few degrees of warmth in lieu of an increase in the humidity.
Another alternative would be to set plants on saucers or inexpensive clear plastic plant trays filled with gravel and water. This will increase the humidity level directly around any plant by as much as 35%. In addition, use an inexpensive spray bottle to give all of your plants a good misting once a week.
A third option is to use your bathroom to permanently keep select plants or to use it as a weekly rotation station where plants are refreshed for a few days of high humidity before they are then rotated back to other rooms. Plants are not foreign to any room of the house as long as that room can supplement a plant's health. Bathrooms take on a whole new ambiance when decked out with plants and, in turn, the bathroom provides the natural humidity beneficial for a plant's health.
If you follow these simple steps and remove unsightly or dead growth over the winter your plant will provide many years of enjoyment.
In zones 9 through 11, no winterizing is required.
CAUTION: Not all plant material is edible. Though most plants are harmless, some contain toxic substances which can cause headaches, nausea, dizziness, or other discomforts. As a general rule, only known food products should be eaten. In case of ingestion, please contact your local poison control center at once and advise them of the plant ingested. Keep out of reach of children.