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Banana passionfruit grows up to 10m high over 15 to 20 years, maturing after one year.
Banana passionfruit grows in coastal areas, lowland and coastal shrublands and forest margins, light gaps, roadsides, wastelands, farm and orchard hedges and domestic gardens. However, it prefers forest and shrubland margins and fertile soil. A large, evergreen perennial vine withlarge pink flowers, it is a vigorous, scrambling plant that can smother trees, reducing native biodiversity.
Banana passionfruit produces large sweet fruit which attract pest animals.The fruit contains many seeds that are dispersed by a variety of native and introduced birds, as well as pests such as possums, rats and pigs.
Blue passion flower (Passiflora caerulea) has five-lobed leaves, non-tubular whitish-purple flowers with purple filaments. Blue passionflower is banned from sale, propagation, distribution or commercial display under the National Pest Plant Accord.
All landowners/occupiers in the Waikato are responsible for controlling banana passionfruit on their properties and are required to work with Waikato Regional Council in areas where control programmes are in place. Banana passionfruit is also banned from being sold, propagated, distributed or included in commercial displays.
Hand pull whenever possible or dig plant out at the roots. Cut off above ground or tie stems in air to prevent layering.
In choosing your method of herbicide control, be aware that the climbing character of the plant could mean that the supporting plants may also be damaged by herbicide sprays used.
To avoid damage to supporting plants, cut main stems at ground level and treat stems immediately with glyphosate, metsulfuron or picloram gel.
If supporting plant damage isn’t an issue, spray with glyphosate plus penetrant, triclopyr or triclopyr/picloram mix.
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|Glyphosate plus penetrant or triclopyr,triclopyr/picloram mix||Spray application.|
|Herbicide rules will apply. You may need to notify neighbours if spraying. The Waikato Regional Plan explains the agrichemical (herbicides) use rule in section 6.2.|
|If applying herbicide over water, a resource consent may be required. Please check with Waikato Regional Council before you begin.|
After initial control, it’s important to:
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