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Pest Challenges in Passion Fruit Production

by Kenya Farmers

Passion fruit cultivation in can face various pest challenges that can impact the plants’ growth and productivity. Here are some common passion fruit pests in Kenya and potential remedies;


Symptoms – Distorted growth, curled leaves, and sticky residue on leaves.
Remedy – Use insecticidal soap or neem oil. Introduce natural predators like ladybugs or lacewings. Prune affected plant parts if infestation is severe.


Symptoms – Yellowing leaves, sticky residue, and a decline in plant health.
Remedy – Use insecticidal soap, neem oil, or horticultural oils. Introduce natural predators like parasitic wasps or predatory beetles.


Symptoms – White, waxy clusters on stems and leaves, leading to stunted growth.
Remedy – Remove mealybugs manually if feasible. Use neem oil or insecticidal soap. Prune and dispose of severely infested plant parts.

Fruit Flies

Symptoms – Maggots in fruit, leading to fruit rot.
Remedy – Set up traps with attractants like vinegar or fruit juice. Regularly collect and destroy infested fruits. Harvest ripe fruits promptly to minimize attraction.


Symptoms – Stunted growth, yellowing leaves, and root damage.
Remedy – Use resistant cultivars if available. Rotate crops and implement good soil management practices. Apply organic soil amendments like compost or well-rotted manure.

Spider Mites

Symptoms – Fine webbing on leaves, yellowing, and stippled appearance.
Remedy – Regularly spray the undersides of leaves with water to reduce mite populations. Use insecticidal soap or neem oil. Increase humidity around the plants.


Symptoms – Young plants cut off at the base.
Remedy – Protect seedlings with collars made from cardboard or plastic. Apply biological control agents like parasitic nematodes.

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Symptoms – Silvering or bronzing of leaves, distorted growth.
Remedy – Use yellow sticky traps to monitor and trap thrips. Apply neem oil or insecticidal soap.

Leaf Miners

Symptoms – White tunnels or trails on leaves.
Remedy – Remove and destroy infested leaves. Use yellow sticky traps to monitor adult leaf miners.

It’s important to note that integrated pest management (IPM) is a holistic approach that combines multiple strategies to manage pests effectively while minimizing environmental impact.

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