The Sweet Sunrise Passion Fruit Plant (Passiflora edulis) gets its name from the sweet, bright yellow fruits this tropical vine produces. Sweet Sunrise Passion Fruit vines grow best upon structures such as trellises, fences, or arbors. The vines grow unusually intricate blooms that are fragrant and followed by the golden fruits which contain sweet edible pulp and juice. Sweet Sunrise Passion Fruit Plants can be grown in the ground in USDA Zones 9 to 11, or in pots or hanging baskets in Zones 4 to 11 if over-wintered indoors.
Sweet Sunrise Passion Fruit Vines are fast growing and will often produce fruit in the first year after planting. Once mature, the shallow-rooted Sweet Sunrise Passion Fruit Vines can grow hundreds of Passion Fruits each year. The vigorus vines are great for covering fences or overhead arbors where they can provide not only delicious fruit, but natural camouflage and shade as well. Add a few Sweet Sunrise Passion Fruit Plants to your edible landscape today and enjoy a taste of the tropics.
Passion Fruit Vine Care
Passion Fruit Vines grow well in many types and conditions of soil, but there are a few soil characteristics that can help produce the highest yileds and healthiest Sweet Sunrise Passion Fruit Plants. Sandy loam soils of medium density are best, and good drainage is essential regardless of soil type. The best pH for Sweet Sunrise Passion Fruit Vines is from 6.5 to 7.5. Add horticultural lime according to the manufacturer’s directions if the soil is too acidic.
In very humid and rainy areas, Sweet Sunrise Passion Fruit can experience collar rot. To help the plants avoid this issue, be sure the soil drains well, and add coarse sand or perlite if needed. Passion Fruit Vines can be cut back in late winter to encourage stronger spring growth and abundant blooms and fruit. Cut vines back to about 12 to 16-inches above the plant’s main base at ground level. Trimmed vines and leaves can be composted, and green vine ends can be rooted and grown as cuttings for new plants. Also, mature and dried fruit can be opened to remove seeds for planting.
Passion Fruit and Harvesting
Sweet Sunrise Passion Fruits are considered highly nutritious. The seed-filled juicy pulp inside each tangerine-sized fruit contains fewer than 20 calories, about 2 grams of fiber, potassium, iron, vitamin C, and vitamin A. The seeds are edible, and can also be strained out when collecting Passion Fruit Juice. Sweet Sunrise Passion Fruit pulp and juice both have a tart, floral, tropical taste that is a perfect addition to smoothies, juice beverages, ice cream, and other treats.
To harvest Sweet Sunrise Passion Fruits, pick them by hand when the skins turn from smooth bright yellow to a slightly bumpy, somewhat darker tan. Perfectly Ripe Sweet Sunrise Passion Fruits will begin to shrivel when they are about four inches tall and wide. Fallen fruit that has only been down for a day with no signs of insect damage may also be used, but most mature vines produce heavy yields and fallen fruit is usually composted or collected for the seeds.
Sweet Sunrise Passion Fruit Vines grow the most fruit when planted near a compatible Passion Fruit variety for cross-pollination. A Passion Fruit seedling or a second Yellow Passion Fruit planted within 30 feet should help cross-pollinate both vines and allow the Sweet Sunrise Passion Fruit Vine to grow heavy fruit crops. Passion fruit flowers can also be pollinated by hand.
Sweet Sunrise Passion Fruit Vines, and all passion fruit vines, are strong growers and can quickly cover a fence, wall, or trellis. Although they grow quickly and can produce fruit within a year, Passion Fruit Vines only live for between 5 and 7 years. Older vines may begin to produce fewer fruits, so it is a good idea to grow seedlings or new plants from cuttings to replace older plants.
How fast do Sweet Sunrise Passion Fruit Vines grow?
Sweet Sunrise Passion Fruit Vines are fast growing. In warm climates a mature plant can grow up to 20 feet each year.
Where is the best spot to grow Sweet Sunrise Passion Fruit Vines?
Grow Sweet Sunrise Vines in Zones 9 to 11 in direct sun on a trellis or some support. Be sure the soil drains well and provide frequent water.
Do Sweet Sunrise Passion Fruit Vines require pruning?
Sweet Sunrise Passion Fruit Vines do best when they are cut back to about 12 to 16-inches tall at the main plant base each year in late winter.
Are Sweet Sunrise Passion Fruit Vines good for growing in containers?
Yes. Sweet Sunrise Passion Fruit Vines do fine in large pots or hanging baskets as long as the pots drain and the plants are given ample water, sunlight, and nutrition.