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    I have several passiflora of the same species that bloom all summer and set fruit. When the fruit is still green, it feels hard. When I let it ripen to an orange color or when it falls off the vine, the fruit is almost completely hollow. It only has a little tasteless pulp stuck to the inside of the skin. It is also seedless. I was wondering how to get fruit that's worth eating. Do I need to cross polinate with a different species, or is it just this particular species? Any help is appreciated.

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    Hi there

    Do you know the variety? Not all passiflora make good fruit. Some will fruit on their own (like P. incarnata), other must be hand-pollinated and some must be cross pollinated with different plant of the same species. Most hybrids do not make good fruit if they fruit at all. So a lot depends on which species or hybrid you have. Some will make fruit but it won't really be very good.

    They also like a lot of water but not "wet feet."

    P. incarnata, P. edulis, P. ligularis, P. quadrangularis are some varieties that make tastey fruit.



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    Nope, I don't know what variety it is. I transplanted one plant from my brother's house. It grew and made several plantlets. That's how I know they are the same species. It looks very similar if not exactly like the one here, but I'm not sure. I don't have any blooming at the moment. Hope that helps in ID'ing it. I googled the ones that PAK mentioned, and it's not any of those, so that probably answered my question, unless there are others that make good fruit.

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    It looks like P. alatocaerulea or P. caerulea. I think the former hybrid...the most common Passiflora, does not make fruit.
    1 Nxventrata

    D. muscipula & D. muscipula 'Red Dragon'(barely)

    Sarracenia leucophylla(seedling)

    S. purpurea and Drosera filiformis filiformis/ intermedia seeds waiting to sprout.

    Drosera capensis

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    I believe that to be P. caerulea. I have never had it make fruit. It is however one of the few varieties that tolerates cold at least moreso than most species. I could probably overwinter it here in VA if mulched well.
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