How to Grow Passionflower
**Passionflower (Passiflora incarnata) is a stunning flowering perennial for your garden. They come in many different varieties, so you should read the descriptions carefully: some are aggressive climbing vines, others are only ornamental, some varieties produce edible fruit, etc.
**Passionflower can also come in a some different colors, though purple is the most common (and to me, the most beautiful).
**They grow best in zones 6-9.
*leaves and flowers, fresh or dried for medicinal purposes (see bottom of post)
*if the fruit-bearing ones, you can eat the fruit
*prefers light, acidic soil
*needs a warm, sunny position
*propagation by seed is very difficult: the best solution is to stratify the seeds in moist peat moss in the refrigerator for one week, then sow seeds indoors in a very warm greenhouse. Germination is low, only around 30 percent.
*another technique mentioned is to soak the seeds in warm water for anywhere between 1 hour to 1 week, then plant
*another technique that I have read about is to scarify the seeds, THEN soak them in warm water
*you can also propagate (more easily) by tip cuttings taken in the summer. Use a liquid rooting hormone and keep the cuttings warm and moist until the rootings appear in approx. 2 weeks
*provide trellis support for the vines
*mulch the plants well to keep the moisture stable
*shape and prune the vine as necessary in the spring
*harvest the aerial parts in mid to late summer and air-dry for medicinal purposes
*for culinary purposes, pick the fruits at the “dropping” stage of its growth
*this plant makes people feel calm and relaxed
*it is excellent for anxiety, depression, and insomnia
*it is often used as a pain reliever
*the seeds and the pulp of ripe fruits have a tangy flavor and can be eaten raw or used in fruit salads, desserts, jams, and fruit drinks
*Hurricane: a cocktail made with passionfruit syrup, rum, and lime juice