Passiflora Betty Myles Young - Passion Flower Betty Myles Young
Passiflora Betty Myles Young is an easy to grow, vigorous, spectacular semi-evergreen climber. It has glossy, dark green leaves which are lobe shaped. Its beautiful flowers are lightly scented with purple petals and whitish, fading purple filaments. The flower is bowl shaped, coming out in summer and lasting into autumn, and spanning about 12 cm in width. Because of its climbing habit, Passion Flower Betty Myles Young does well grown on a trellis or arch with a nice, full sun exposure and a sheltered aspect.
Of the Genus Passiflora, the hybrid ‘Betty Myles Young’ was developed by Myles Irvine in the UK, who named the variety after his mother. It will grow to an ultimate height of approximately 3.0 metres, and spread to about 1.5 metres after 5-10 years of growth. Optimum soil pH for your Betty Myles Young Passion Flower will be slightly acidic to near neutral. They are sensitive to cold, being rated to hardiness zone H3 in the UK and Ireland. The complex flowers actually have biblical connections, which always will have conversational value. If in colder regions, they are best grown in containers and brought inside for the winter. They do well under glass, as long as you protect them from too much sun exposure which can cause scorch.
This low maintenance twining evergreen is not fussy in regards to soil type or fertility level. Moist, well-drained soils are best, and limit the amount of fertility. In fact, over fertilizing is discouraged. A nice loam-based soil with free drainage is best. Passion Flower Betty Myles Young prefers a full sun aspect, facing to the South or East, but due to its sensitivity to cold, and hot, sunny exposure, provide it with some shelter. The most common reason for blooms not fully opening is due to the lack of sunlight. Due to its growth habit, support will likely be needed, so plan ahead and place somewhere it can climb freely along a trellis, or similar structure.
Some of the recommended placements for the Passiflora Betty Myles Young include wall-side or trellises in conservatory plantings, low maintenance gardens and in containers. They fit well in sub-tropical plantings as well. These climbers can be pruned quite aggressively, but keep in mind that the flower buds arise from new growth, so if heavily pruned, flowering will be delayed until new growth arises.
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