The Q&A Archives: Passion Flower Losing Leaves

Question: I have recently acquired a passion flower as a house plant and have no clue on how to take care of it. It has become very sickly looking. It is losing all its leaves and is not flowering.

Answer: Dropping leaves is often a sign of shock when plants go through a transition period when brought home. They shed their "perfect environment greenhouse" leaves to put on new, "dry-air house" leaves. Passiflora like full sun and regular to moderate water. They need something to climb on. Put your plant in a bright location and keep it moist. Use a balanced fertilizer according to package instructions. At this point, you want it to grow a healthy root system and foliage, then later expend energy on flowering. Once your plant is established, use a fertilizer with a higher middle number, such as 15-30-15, to promote flowering. Good luck!

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