The ornamental Canary Climber flower vine has both annual and perennial varieties. The plant is grown as an annual in most areas. Seed companies will even note them as an annual on the back of their seed packets. This tender perennial will overwinter in milder areas of the country. This guide on “How to Grow Canary Climber Vines” will help you to successfully grow these speedy climbers this year and every year.
Canary Climber plants are native to Peru. The plants produce gorgeous, feathery, bright yellow flowers. The foliage is a striking, deeply lobed, and vibrant green. The plant gets its name from the yellow flower, which has subtle red tracings near the center, resembles a small canary.
Canary Climber plants are closely related to Nasturtium.
Grow Canary Climbers on the ground as a creeping vine or on a trellis or arbor.
Flowers Bloom: Summer to Fall.
Flower Colors: Bright red with yellow or shite throats.
Plant Height: 12′ – 15′
Other Names: Canary Creeper, Canary Vine
Perennial, Annual, Tropaeolum Peregrinum
Canary Climber plants are grown from seeds. Either directly plant Canary Climber seeds into your flower garden or start seeds indoors.
In colder areas, start plants indoors, 6 -8 weeks before the last frost.
Canary Climber seeds are harder to start. The seeds need darkness to germinate.
Germination Temperature: 55 – 65 degrees.
Days to Germination: 10 – 21 days.
Once the seeds sprout, this plant is easy to grow. It prefers cooler summers and is more of a challenge in the hotter areas of the country. Like any other fast-growing annual vine, Canary Climber plants need three things to fuel their growth: Sun, fertilizer, and plenty of water.
Plants grow best in full sun. In hotter regions, shade the plants from the hot afternoon sun.
Plants do best in rich soils. Mix in compost and manure at the planting site.
Fertilize once a month, with a general-purpose fertilizer.
Keep soil moist, not wet. Also, make certain the soil does not become dry during hot and dry weather.
Apply a thick layer of mulch around the plants, to retain soil moisture. If you live in a warmer area and want to over-winter the plants, apply a thick layer of mulch.
Ideal Soil pH: 6.1 – 7.2.
Aphid and spider mites can be a problem. Apply insecticides, as needed. If you are going to eat the leaves, use organic sprays.
Canary Climber vines can experience problems with bacterial leaf spot, bacterial wilts, and fungal leaf spots. Fungicides help to control fungal diseases. Also, provide good air circulation. And, keep the plant growing vigorously to better control other diseases.
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