Panama Red Passion Fruit
Panama Red is an incredibly vigorous and delicious variety of passion fruit! Fruits are large with a bright purplish red skin and tons of tasty tangy pulp inside. Can be grown as a houseplant in USDA zones 8 or lower or planted outside where temperatures don’t regularly dip below freezing. An excellent variety and one of our favorites!
Passion fruit has a multitude of uses, from juices to cocktails as well as baked goods and ice cream toppings. The possibilities are endless. Add fresh passion fruit to any dish that needs some tropical sweet tang added to it! Given the difficulty of finding fresh passion fruit in most of our local markets it only makes sense to grow your own if you want to taste this tropical treat on a regular basis!
Latin Name: Passiflora edulis ‘Panama Red’
Site and Soil: Passion fruit prefers full to half day sun. Well draining soil is extremely important and soil pH should be between 6.5 and 7.5 and rich in organic matter
Pollination Requirements: Panama Red Passion Fruit is self-fertile
Hardiness: Panama Red is reportedly hardy to 30º F., once established but we recommend giving it a frost free environment
Bearing Age: 1-2 years after planting
Size at Maturity: 20-30 feet in ground, smaller in pots
Bloom Time: Will bloom continually under ideal conditions
Ripening Time: Will fruit continually under ideal conditions
Pests & Diseases: Nematodes and snails can be a problem when passion fruit is planted in ground and is susceptible to Fusarium wilt disease
USDA Zone: 9a