Passion Flower: Pest and Disease Control
Passion flower or passiflora is a hardy climbing vine that can be temperamental when it comes to blooming. This is especially true if the climber is afflicted with a fungus or a rotting disease. Passiflora naturally grows in a tropical climate, and this is where it is most susceptible to attackers. In a more temperate environment, these vines have fewer natural enemies, but there are still a few things that can damage a passion flower.
The different fungi that can attack passiflora will vary from region to region; for instance, the fungi that are in the UK are different than those in the US or Canada. The fungi will even vary from one local region to another, such as from Oregon to Florida.
Because of this, the treatments available for these infections will vary. Since the plant is hardy, it’s unlikely that you will get a fungal infection on your passiflora vine, but it still can happen.
The exotic flower leads to the exotic fruit known as the passion fruit. The fruit's sweet scent and taste will attract everything from caterpillars and butterflies to bees and ants. It also attracts aphids and other plant-eaters, and so it’s important to keep your plant free of as many pests as possible.
One method is to keep some carniverous insects in your gardens to eat the bugs that attack your passion flower plants. It’s also a good idea to pick the fruit as soon as it’s ripe. This is when it’s the tastiest, but it also prevents bugs from eating your beautiful vine.