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How to Grow and Care for Cypress Vine


Annual, Ipomoea quamoclit

Cypress Vine is a a fast growing, flowering vine, with an abundance of bright, star shaped flowers. Native to Central America and tropical areas of South America, the Cypress Vines will grow and climb to quickly cover it's support. It is a member of the Morning Glory family.

Cypress Vine is easy to grow 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. Colors include: white, red, rose, and pink. Deadheading spent blooms will promote more blooms.

Butterflies and Hummingbirds are attracted to the bright blooms.

As a 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.

Plant Height: 8' - 15'

Other Names: This plant is also called Hummingbird Flower and Star Glory.


Plant Propagation:

Cypress Vine are grown from seeds.

Tip: To improve germination, soak seeds overnight before planting.

Sow Cypress Vine seeds directly into your flower garden after all danger of frost has past. Plant seeds 1/4" deep. Seeds sprout in  5-10 days.

Final plant spacing should be twelve inches apart.

Days to Germination: 5 - 15


How to Grow Cypress Vine Plants:

Cypress Vine plants are easy to grow. Grow in full sun. Plants prefer a 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 a 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.

Flowers Bloom: Summer to Fall


Insect and Disease:

Insect and disease problems are infrequent. Treat with insecticides, repellents or fungicide as needed.


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