How to Grow Cardinal Climbers
Annual, Ipomoea x multifida
Cardinal Climber vines are 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!
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 in appearance, growing on dark stems.
Cardinal Climber are 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 feet away!
Plant Height: up to 30'
Cardinal Climber vines are grown 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. Space plants twelve inches apart.
Sow seeds early in the season and cover with 1/4" of garden soil. Water
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
How to Grow Cardinal Climber Plants:
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.
Once your Cardinal Climber are established, they will grow well until the
first frost. Cardinal Climber are annuals, and will succumb to spring and
Flowers Bloom: Summer to Fall.
Insect and Disease:
Insect and disease problems are infrequent. If insect or disease problems
occur, treat early with organic or chemical insect repellents and fungicide.
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