The Annual Cypress Vine is a fast-growing, flowering vine, with an abundance of bright, star-shaped flowers. Native to Central America, Mexico, and tropical areas of South America, the vines grow and climb to quickly cover their support. It is a member of the Morning Glory family. Growing Cypress vines is a floral delight!
Cypress Vine is easy to grow an annual plant. Flowering vines can grow quickly. The Cypress Vine is no exception. It can grow ten to fifteen feet in a single season. It produces hundreds of small, star-shaped flowers in the summer. Deadheading spent blooms will promote more blooms.
As flowering vine, they need some type of support to climb. A trellis or fence works well. The support should be big enough to support ten to fifteen feet of vine growth.
Flowers Bloom: Summer through to Fall.
Flower Colors: Colors include white, red, rose, and pink.
Days to Bloom: 50 days from seedling germination.
Plant Height: 6 – 15 feet
Other Names: This plant is also called Hummingbird Flower and Star Glory.
Annual, Ipomoea quamoclit
Cypress Vine is grown from seeds.
Garden Planting Tip: To improve germination, soak seeds overnight before planting.
Sow Cypress Vine seeds directly into your flower garden after all danger of frost have passed. Plant seeds 1/4″ deep. Seeds sprout in 5-10 days.
Final plant spacing should be twelve inches apart.
Days to Germination: 5 – 15 days.
Cypress Vine plants are easy to grow.
Grow the plants in full sun.
The plants prefer rich, well-draining soils to fuel their fast, season-long growth. Mix a healthy dose of compost into the soil prior to planting.
Plants like a lot of water and nutrients. While they like lots of water, they do not like wet soil. Keep soil moist, not wet.
Add fertilizer when planting and every month during the season. Use a high phosphorous formula just before the first blooming period.
Cypress Vines need some form of support to climb up. Trellises or fences work well.
Keep the areas weeded when plants are young. A layer of mulch will keep weeds down, and create a neat appearance.
Plants will begin to bloom in as little as 50 days. Deadhead spent flowers to promote continuous, summer-long bloom.
Plants are annuals and will succumb to frost or freeze.
Cypress Vine can be invasive, as they are good “re-seeders”. If the pods are allowed to open and pour out their seeds, you will find many new plants next year. Do not disturb the soil until seedlings have begun to grow. Thinning will almost certainly be needed. If you don’t want them to spread too rapidly, pick seed pods as they appear.
Also, you can save seeds by removing them from the dry seed pods. Then, dry the seeds on a screen in a cool dry place out of direct sunlight.
Ideal Soil pH: Neutral to slightly acidic.
Plant Problems – Identify the causes and find the cures.
Annual Cypress vines seldom have Insect or disease problems.
However, if problems arise, treat as early as possible with insecticides, repellents, or fungicides as needed.