Seeds of passion-flower Passiflora capsularis
Passiflora capsularis belongs to the family of the Passifloraceae. In Germany it is known as
the passion flower. It is native to South America. P. capsularis is a climbing plant that can
reach a height of about 12m in nature. In the pot it reaches only a height of about 1 or 2 m.
The leaves are lobated, mostly consisting of two lobes. They resemble a duck’s foot. The
leaves are hairy and can get 3, 5 to 10 cm long and 2, 5 to 8 cm wide. The flowers are white
and look like a star. They can get 5 cm in diameter. The flowers have an odor similar to
vanilla. P. capsularis is self fertile. The fruits are red, the get 6 cm long and look like the
fruits of the carambola. The fruits are inedible. They open when ripe and release the brownish
to dark brownish and oval seeds.
Cultivation from seeds:
The seeds of Passiflora capsularis should be put into warm water for 24 to 48 h before planting. After
that they can be put 0, 5 cm deep into the substrate. The substrate should be constantly moist,
but not wet. At a temperature of about 25°C germination occurs after 2 to 4 weeks. In summer
P. capsularis can be put outside, but it is not winter hardy and should stay indoors during
winter at a temperature of about 10°C.