Passion Flower Losing Leaves - Knowledgebase Question

Charlestown, NH
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Question by bomar2
May 10, 2000
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 from NGA
May 10, 2000
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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