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Turquoise Puya

 

Passiflora parritae x antioquiensis

Passiflora loefgrenii

Germinating the seeds

 

When to plant -- Plant them when you receive them for best results.

Getting started -- Soak the seeds for about 12 hours in a cup of water (not more than 24 hours).

Soil -- Use a soil high in organic matter but that also drains well.  A typical mix is 2 parts potting soil to 1 part perlite or coarse horticultural sand.  An alternate mix is equal parts of coir fiber and perlite, with some slow-release fertilizer mixed in.

Pot size - You may use small pots about 3 or 4 inches tall (7-10 cm) and 2 to 3 inches (5-8 cm) wide.

 Fill the pots, place a seed on top in each pot, and cover with about 1/4 inch (7 mm) of soil.  Add water until evenly moist (but not fully saturated), and keep them this moist.

Temperature -- Aim to keep them between 68 and 77 F (20-25C) most of the time.  Avoid letting them get above 82 F (28C) or below 65 F (18C) for prolonged periods.   I recommend placing a minimum/maximum thermometer near the pots.

 Keep them in a bright spot out of direct sun.  If you place the pots in a plastic container to maintain moisture, leave it open a bit to allow fresh air to enter.

 They can sprout at various times between 3 weeks and 3 months.  Once they sprout, give them bright light, with protection from afternoon sun.  You may use a fluorescent or LED light kept a few inches (10 cm) away while your plants are young.  I recommend growing them indoors the first few months.

Growing on...

Climate -- Older plants prefer temperatures between 40 and 80F (5-29C), with cool nights.  It reportedly can tolerate a light frost, but i recommend protecting it from freezing temperatures, especially the first 2 years.  Over about 40% humidity is recommended.

Lighting -- It prefers part-sun, and may need some protection from strong afternoon sun.  It can handle full sun in cool, coastal areas.

Feeding -- For the first 6-8 weeks, i recommend feeding every 7-10 days with a light dose of liquid fertilizer that contains micronutrients.  Hydroponic fertilizer is ideal for young seedlings, since it is easily absorbed and complete.  Use about 1/8 strength.  Once they are 2 months old, you may switch to a general-purpose granular fertilizer if you wish.

Repotting -- When your seedlings are at least 3 inches tall (7 cm), you may repot them to larger containers about 1 quart (1 liter) in size.  Avoid disturbing the roots when repotting.

 Repot again after 4 to 6 months.  The final pot size depends on how large you choose to let it grow.  A medium-sized plant can live in a 10 gallon (40 liter) pot indefinitely.  You may prune your plant to any size that is convenient.

If you have any questions, please contact me.

Have fun growing them!

- Jeff

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