The Cardinal Climber vine is an easy-to-grow, climbing annual vine. The twining stems will grow quickly up an arbor, trellis, or fence. Many varieties can grow up to a height of 10-15 feet in a season. Some varieties will grow up to 30 feet! Use this guide on “How to Grow Cardinal Climber Flowers” and you will be doubly rewarded. You will have a profusion of attractive flowers to enjoy. And, you can watch the hummingbirds feed on the tulip-shaped blooms, too. you’
The profusion of small, but brilliant, red trumpet-shaped flowers begin to appear in mid-summer and continue blooming into fall. Finely cut, feathery, deep green foliage is attractive, growing on dark stems.
Cardinal Climber is native to North America, Asia, South Africa, and the West Indies. They are members of the Morning Glory family.
Cardinal Climbers will attract hummingbirds…Cool! Try growing Cardinal Climbers on the railing of your deck. You’ll find hummingbirds feeding on the flower’s nectar, as you sit on the deck watching them from just a couple of feet away!
Flower Bloom: Mid-Summer to Frost.
Plant Height: This plant grows up to 30 feet in a single season.
Annual, Ipomoea x multifida
Grow Cardinal Climber vines from seed. Cardinal Climber seeds can be directly seeded into your flower garden or seeded indoors for transplanting later. If planting outdoors, sow them after the soil has begun to warm in the spring. Start indoor transplants 4-6 weeks before the last frost in your area.
Final Spacing: Space plants twelve inches apart.
Sow seeds early in the season and cover with 1/4″ of garden soil. Water thoroughly.
Cardinal Climbers will begin to produce a continuous profusion of trumpet-shaped flowers by mid-summer.
Tip: Soak seeds overnight before planting.
Days to Germination: 5 – 15
Cardinal Climber plants need full sun to reach their full potential. They prefer rich, well-drained soils. Water them frequently during dry periods. Add a general-purpose fertilizer once a month to provide the fuel they need for their quick growth.
Provide a tall, strong trellis or fence for them to grow. You can also grow the vines down from a balcony or raised deck.
Once your Cardinal Climbers are established, they will grow well until the first frost. Cardinal Climber are annuals and will succumb to spring and fall frosts.
Ideal Soil pH: 6.0 – 7.2.
Plant Problems – causes and cures
Insect and disease problems are infrequent. If insect or disease problems occur, treat early with organic or chemical insect repellents and fungicide.