Passiflora ambigua consists mainly of vines cultivated for their attractive flowers and fruits. Most species contain edible fruits, some of which are commercially valuable crops. Spanish missionaries gave this genus its common name because of the Christian symbolism they observed in the complex floral structure.
Passiflora ambigua does not tolerate a lack of water well. The soil should be kept constantly moist, especially during the germination phase. When plants are mature enough, reduce watering to twice a week if your garden receives less than 4 inches of water weekly. The plant does not do well in moist soil with excess water, so be mindful of your soil’s water retention. Keep in mind that potted soil dries out faster than garden soil and may need to be watered more often.
Passiflora ambigua is a heavy feeder. She will benefit from regular application of good quality fertilizer and will reward you with beautiful buds. Use a good quality all-purpose fertilizer with a good balance of nitrogen, phosphorus, and potassium. Begin fertilizing in spring, just before new growth appears, and do this every five weeks until fall.
Passiflora ambigua needs a lot of sun to grow and bloom properly. Direct sunlight for at least four hours with some afternoon shade is the perfect combination. If grown in cooler climates or indoors, ensure at least six hours of direct sunlight to ensure proper growth.
Passiflora ambigua is a vine that doesn’t necessarily need pruning to grow, but it will result in a fuller plant. Pruning is best done in late winter or early spring. There is no need to topple the flowers – simply remove any dead plant matter and trim to improve shape. Use clean and sharp pruning shears and always disinfect your tools to avoid the possible spread of disease.