Hi all This is my first post here, I am glad to have found your forum!
I would be very happy if somebody could please shed some light on this issue for me. I have done a lot of googling, but cannot find any info on these passionfruit.
They are called "Jamaican Lilikoi" aka "Soft Skin Passionfruit", and they look like this:
The flesh is white with black seeds, and these passion fruits are extremely sweet. There is no hint of sourness in them either.
The flowers are nice, and they actually hang down like a bell, unlike some other passionfruit species:
I bought two vines from my local nursery and they have been growing well on a trellis I made.
I live in Hawaii, where these grow in the wild and fruit, so I don't think climate is a problem.
My problem is, they will not produce even one fruit. I have been having quite a few flowers, but they just fall off after a few days.
I noticed that if I tap an unopened flower bud, ants come running out everywhere.. Every unopened bud has ants in it. Not sure if they are damaging them, or if they are non-harmful.
Also, I did try self pollinating them by touching one flower and getting pollen on my finger and then rubbing that on another flower. I can't tell if one is male or female, they all look the same to me.
I'd be very grateful for any advice you could give me.