How to Grow and Care for Cardinal Climber
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Cardinal climber (Ipomoea × multifida) is one of those plants that fully lives up to its name. The blossoms of this hybrid plant are a true cardinal red, and the vine reaches for whatever it can grab. This is a very graceful, airy annual vine, related to morning glory (one of the parent plants of this hybrid). It blooms profusely throughout the summer and the red, trumpet-shaped flowers are big favorites of hummingbirds and other pollinators. The bright green leaves are triangular, with deep, narrow lobes that give them a lacy appearance resembling that of small palm leaves. The tubular flowers are red, with white or yellow throats. Five petals overlap to form a swept-back pentagon at the opening.
Cardinal climber is often planted near a trellis or other structure that it can climb; it can also be used as a dense ground-cover. The delicate, lacy leaves form a peek-a-boo screen rather than blocking the view entirely. This makes them great for training over an arbor or trellis. They are also a good choice for softening a wall and adding an airy feeling.
Cardinal climber can also be grown in containers. Add support in the container for even more height. The plant looks wonderful growing around an obelisk, in the center of other flowers.
Like all Ipomoea species and hybrids, the plant is toxic to dogs, cats, and horses .
|Common Name||Cardinal climber|
|Botanical Name||Ipomoea × multifida|
|Plant Type||Annual, vine|
|Mature Size||6-12 ft. tall, 9-2 in. wide|
|Sun Exposure||Full, partial|
|Bloom Time||Summer, fall|
|Hardiness Zones||10-12 (USDA)|
|Native Area||Hybrid plant, no native range|
|Toxicity||Toxic to dogs, toxic to cats, toxic to horses .|
Cardinal Climber Care
Plant cardinal climber in any well-drained soil, in a full-sun location. It requires regular water but does not need to be fertilized unless the soil is poor. It is often planted from potted seedlings, but it can also be seeded directly into the soil, covering the seeds 1/4 inch deep. Space plants 6 to 12 inches apart and provide a good support structure.
Cypress Vine Seeds – Ipomoea Pennata Red Flower Seed
Cypress Vine Red (Ipomoea Pennata Red) -Start Cypress Vine seeds to create a beautiful climbing vine that makes the perfect concealing screen. Cypress Vines are easy and fast to grow, and they cheer up an unsightly building or climb a trellis or pergola quickly to provide a dazzling display. This variety has star-shaped red blooms and feathery, fern-like leaves. This vine brings not only brilliant color, but also wonderful texture. Sometimes this Ipomoea vine is called Star Glory or Hummingbird Vine.
Full of nectar
The star-shaped flower are full of nectar and humming birds cannot resist them. Deadheading the spent blooms will encourage a prolonged bloom season. Blooms will usually start the first of summer and continue until fall.
Cypress vine seed | red
How to grow
How To Grow Cypress Vine From Seed: Hummingbird Vine seeds are large. Some gardeners recommend soaking the seeds in tepid water for 2 hours before sowing. This is supposed to quicken germination. Sow the Cypress Vine flower seed indoors 3 – 4 weeks before the end of frost season. Using small pots, sow the flower seeds onto moist starter mix and cover 1/8 inch with soil. Keep the Cypress Vine seed moist until germination.
Transplant the seedling outdoors after danger of frost. Another method would be to directly sow Cypress Vine seeds outdoors after all danger of frost. Once the soil has warmed and can be loosened and weeded, sow 6 Cypress Vine flower seeds per foot or 2 to 3 seeds per plant. Cover with 1/8 inch garden soil, and keep them moist until germination. When seedlings emerge, thin to 9 – 12 inches apart.
- Sowing Rate: 2 – 3 seeds per plant
- Average Germ Time: 7 – 14 days
- Keep moist until germination
- Attracts bees, butterflies and hummingbirds
- Depth: Cover with 1/8 inch soil
Cypress Vine plants grow well in full sun or partial shade. They are not picky about the quality of soil, but it does need to have good drainage. Once the Cypress Vine Star Glory plant is established well, it can withstand periods of drought. However, it will grow faster and have more blooms with regular water. In some warm regions, Cypress Vine will grow as a perennial.