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Land Preparation For Passion Fruit Growing

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Passion fruit plants thrive in deep well-drained soils with a pH range of 6.0-7.0. The soil should also be rich in organic matter.

Charles Kiggundu, one of the directors at Bwasandeku Mixed Farm and a passion fruit farmer in Kalungu district, says if the land to be used for growing passion fruit is a new land, it has to be cleared of all bushes and tree stumps.

Land cultivation is done with soil erosion measures taken care of. Plus, deep digging is necessary to remove hardpans in the soil. Passion fruits have a deep root system, therefore, proper land cultivation is necessary.

The soil should be cultivated to a smooth and well-leveled seedbed or nursery bed from which all debris has been removed. This allows the seed to germinate easily and the seedling to be well established.

The cultivation of the soil is meant to loosen the soil for easy penetration and retention of water, adequate air circulation and minimum resistance to root penetration and development.

The best soil for the cultivation of passion fruits is sandy loam soil. But that is not a limitation on where to grow them. Once you have set the land for planting the passion fruits.

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