The Q&A Archives: Passion Flower Won't Bloom

Question: I've had several Passion Flowers in the ground for at least
three years. The bloomed the first year in July. Last year
I only got a few blooms and they were in late Sept. This year
it still hasn't bloomed yet? Its on a South/West facing fence
and gets loads of sun in the afternoon. What can I do to get these to bloom earlier or is it different in the Northern part of the country?

Answer: Passiflora are South American natives, blooming only during warm weather. So if the spring and early summer are on the cool (wet, rainy) side in your garden, your plants won't begin to bloom until the temperatures warm up. That's usually August! Unless you have a particularly early summer with 75-80 degree days in June and July, your passion flower plants simply won't bloom any earlier, no matter how much you wish they would.

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