The Q&A Archives: Seed Pod On My Lavender Lady Passion Flower?

Question: I bought a lavender lady passion flower and love it but now it has a pod that is very different from the rest of them. It is bigger and green about 1 to 2 inches in diameter and about 3 to 4 inches long. How do I take care of it so I can use the seeds in the pod? Do I pick it or leave it on the plant? I would like to plant the seeds.

Answer: Without seeing the pods, I'd guess that the larger pod contains seeds and the smaller pods either contain immature seeds, or no seeds at all because of lack of pollination. While you can certainly plant the seeds in hopes of getting a new passion flower vine, be aware that they are very difficult to germinate and you may not be successful. With that in mind, allow the seed pod to change from green to tannish brown before cutting it from the plant. The seeds will be ripe when the pod changes colors. Soak the seeds for 12 hours in warm water then sow in moistened potting soil, just barely covering the seeds. Keep them at a constant 80F. Germination may take from 30 to 365 days. Best wishes with your seeds!

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