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Lyndel
Dear Yates' Garden Expert, What is the best way to deal with Passionfruit Woodiness Virus?

Last year I harvested approx 350 passionfruit . This year I have only harvested about 70 and the fruit is not as good. After reading your answers it appears the vine might have Passionfruit Woodiness Virus. At times the leaves have appeared a little yellow. I find it a little confusing as to what I should feed it as different books (authors) recommend different things. One says don't fertilise too much, just feed lightly with citrus food, another says plenty of Blood and Bone.
What do you recommend I do?
Should I pull out the vine? It is approx 4 years old.
Thanks for your assistance.

Kind Regards

Lyndel

Submitted: 09:24AM, 07 Apr 2010
Answer: Dear Lyndel,

Your passionfruit vine has certainly given you lots of fruit over the past four years. Woodiness of passionfruit is a virus which is carried by aphids. This pest can be controlled before they appear in large numbers by spraying with PestOil. The symptoms show up on the leaves with a faint yellow mottle and the fruit has a very thick rind with a small amount of pulp.

The best way to keep your vine healthy is to make sure it is planted in a warm spot and is watered and fertilised regularly. Thrive Granular Citrus food is a well balanced fertiliser that contains the essential nutrients and trace elements necessary for the plant to produce strong healthy growth and juicy fruit. Would also recommend Dynamic Lifter Advanced for Citrus if you prefer to use an organic based product.

As you are aware, the life span of a passionfruit vine is around 4-5 years so perhaps give your vine another 12 months and then consider replacing it with a new plant.

Answered: 02:16PM, 15 Apr 2010

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