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Maypop

Pot, Indigenous MAYP_I $10.70
Pot, Michigan MAYP_MI $10.20
Pot, Minnesota MAYP_MN $12.20
Apricot Vine - Purple Passionflower

Vigorous perennial vine producing sweet, yellow or green egg shaped fruit. Made into 'social drinks' , jellies, jams cooked with lemon and sugar. In Michigan, it is found as a vine grown near foundations of older homes. Best if planted in rich soil and mulched heavily with rich compost or cow manure for best yields and long term survival. Native to the southeastern US, it is the most northern of the passion fruits. Has done well here at our farm growing up to 15 ft. in one year. Fruiting occurs in 1-3 years from planting.

The fruit has a pleasant melon like flavor. The yields increase dramatically as the root system grows older. It is the pulp surrounding the seeds that is eaten. You peel open the case and the seeds are encased with a thick jelly. It is not as juicy as the tropical passion fruits. The love the flowers makes this a popular plant to grow. Our plants are grown from seed found in its most northerly distribution in the central U.S including Minnesota and Michigan. 

Seed sources include: 

  • Minnesota  - Hardy northern form of cultivated maypop produced from seed from a population of acclimatized plants in an area where most maypops would not survive.
  •  Michigan  (Ecos)   Our own selection of maypop that survived more than a decade prior to its demise to a bulldozer that was doing our new greenhouse pad. Evidently there are few resistant to bulldozers yet. 
  • Indigenous---Grown from commercial seed from the southeastern U.S. where this plant flourishes. Populations of this plant flourish in high humidity warm areas.  The fruit ripens to a light green here but the fruit quality is still good and fully edible. 

       

 

Plant Specs
Genus & Species Passiflora incarnata
Seed Source Minnesota, Michigan,SE U.S.
Hardiness -20
Height (ft) 10
Width (ft) 1
Pollination Requirements Apparently self fertile.
Soil Likes sandy well drained soil with a good topping of compost or high organic mulch.
Climate Zone 5ish to 10.
Ease of Cultivation Once established the root is deep and the plant grows with productivity. We grow ours in pots to aid in transplanting as bare rooting is not very successful with this plant. The fruit is delicious but there is not a lot to it, but the vigor of the vines and ease of trellising it makes it an ideal edible landscape plant .