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Nellie Kelly Passionfruit Nurseries Pty Ltd

177 Old Dandenong Rd, Heatherton, VIC, 3202

Clarence Walter Kelly began experimenting with grafting passionfruit vines in the 1920’s while running the Clarinda Nurseries in Moorabbin with his wife Florence. Clary, as he was fondly known, perfected the technique of grafting the popular black passion fruit vine onto a hardier rootstock to create a plant that was less susceptible to disease, pests and frosts while being more prolific in fruit production. Initial rootstock trials with the banana passion fruit vine were superceded by the European blue passion fruit which continues as the official rootstock of all grafted Nellie Kelly Passionfruit vines. Extensive press adverts in Melbourne newspapers during the 1930’s and 40’s ensured the gardening public appreciated the virtues of Nellie Kelly Grafted Black Passionfruit vines and by the 50’s they were sold and grown Australia-wide. Such was the vine’s success, in 1958 the name ‘Nellie Kelly’ became one of the first plants in Australia to be trade marked. The Nellie Kelly Passionfruit Nursery relocated to Heatherton in the 1980’s, following the passing of both Clary and Florence. It has continued to expand since then with several passionfruit varieties added to the range as well as various fruiting plants. Nellie Kelly products are currently distributed throughout Australia by Bunnings, Kmart, Big W, Mitre10 and leading local nurseries.


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