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    Passiflora antioquiensis (tiny seedling) plus Passiflora 'Mission... - MasterLow $28

    Up for auction is a very young and very small seedling of Passiflora antioquiensis, plus a small rooted cutting of Passiflora 'Mission Dolores', which is P. parritae x P antioquiensis. The P. 'Mission Dolores' cutting is one that put out some growth after being rooted last year (left side of plant), made it through the winter outside, and is putting out stronger growth (on the right). Although it is small, the survival over winter and the strong new growth are signs that it will make it.

    Opening bid is $2. Shipping is an additional $7. U.S. only. The winner should PM me for Paypal information for the shipping.

    It's important to emphasize that these are very much highland tropical plants. Both P. antioquiensis and P. parritae are found near the equator at about 2500 m, in the cloud forests of the Andes. So one should expect that they will require conditions very similar to ultra-highland Nepenthes. In practice, this limits them outside all year to Coastal California and certain elevations in Hawaii. No doubt people with an air-conditioned greenhouse could manage, as could those with greenhouses in places with cool summers who can grow their plants outside when it is above freezing. On the cold end, they will die (permanently, they won't come back from the roots) at roughly 27-28 F. So they are really zone 10 plants, but for AHS heat zone 1-3, maybe parts of 4. Sunset zone 17 is really their ideal climate.

    P. antioquiensis can bloom in a year in the warmer end of climates it can tolerate (Coastal Southern California), although with the cooler nights of Northern California it typically takes 2-3 years.

    Because of their pretty extreme climate demands, I've had discussions with people over the years as to whether these can be grown and bloomed inside. The general opinion seems to be no. However, I think there are many people on this forum with lots of experience successfully growing vines from similar climates inside... Both can bloom outside in 1 gallon pots, although 5 gallons is easier.

    Here are the plants up for auction, in 2 3/4 inch pots:

    P. antioquiensis seedling on the left, P. 'Mission Dolores' rooted cutting on the right.



    From a different angle, which unfortunately is not a good photo:



    Here's what they look like in bloom:

    P. antioquiensis. Photo from Bill Harberts, source of the seeds. Peduncles up to 2 ft. long, tasty fruit, self-fertile (not always self-pollinating):



    P. 'Mission Dolores'. First photo is a piece from the hybridizer's (Carlos Rendon's) original plant. Second photo is a plant in the trees at Strybing (killed by 27 F on December 2013). Peduncles are again up to 2 ft, flowers larger than P. antioquiensis, about 7 inches. Fruit is also edible, also self-fertile, and also not necessarily self-pollinating.




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