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Trumpet Vine

Clifton Hill, MO

I have a yellow trumpet vine that is 3 years old and has not bloomed yet. I was wondering if there is anything I can do. Most times trumpet vine is considered a weed that grows out of control.

BEDFORDSHIRE, United Kingdom

in the uk we have white trumpet vines which we class as weeds. once they take root they are a real pain and climb everywhere strangling all the other plants. my advice would be dig it up making sure you get all the root or you will be sorry in the future sherlyn.

Dublin, CA(Zone 9a)

You may just need to be patient--I don't remember what forum it was on but someone else recently posted a similar question about the orange flowering version of the trumpet vine, their plant was a few years older than yours and they were still told to be patient and wait. I guess maybe they need to be pretty big before they'll bloom.

Theodore, AL

I don't know, either! I was wondering if they need another plant for pollination. I bought one once through mail order. It NEVER did bloom! It flourished, but no blooms! 'must have been 6 years old when we moved from there!
I think I'll buy one in bloom, locally, if I ever get another one.
Maybe someone who knows about pollination will chime in!

Dublin, CA(Zone 9a)

Pollination only affects seed formation so that would have no effect at all on whether a plant blooms or not. If you have a plant that needs a second one around for pollination, then you won't get any seeds if you only have one but you will still get blooms.

central, NJ(Zone 6b)

I have one also in the 3rd year that hasn't bloomed, but did spread farther than last year. Soooo hopefully just building a good strong root system first.

Waterman, IL(Zone 5a)

Be careful. It may not bloom, but will continue to grow, and grow, and grow until it's a monster. I hope you didn't plant it near your house. If there's a crack in your foundation or a gap in your siding, it will find it and grow in there too. The stuff is relentless. They were talking on another forum earlier this summer about how, in Japan, the Trumpet Vines are cultivated and stay controlled. Come to find out the reason they don't get out of hand is because the Japanese plant them in buried, cement containers. If you do a forum search you may find that thread.

Tokyo, Japan(Zone 10a)

And by some strange coincidence the very guy from Japan is here to verify just that! I was told never to plant these directly into the soil because they can and do cause a tremendous amount of damage both above and
below ground. As for flowering rather like wisteria, can take up to ten years.
Save you looking for the thread, http://davesgarden.com/community/forums/t/1012174/
Do take a look at Campsis radicans in the plant files.

Jon

Waterman, IL(Zone 5a)

That is a coincidence pajonica. Glad you were here to testify.

Diana

central, NJ(Zone 6b)

So the major consensus???? If it's anywhere near your house rip it out??

I hate killing plants, oh well. I'll replace with a clematis.

Tokyo, Japan(Zone 10a)

flowerjen If you manage to kill it, you will have succeeded where others have failed. I suppose at just three years
old your in with a chance! You may be able to transplant some root into a large container, just make sure It's a
strong one.
Good luck

Jon

central, NJ(Zone 6b)

Thanks.

Delhi, LA

Well guys, I spent a good part of my youth cutting those things out of cotton fields. We called them buck vines and they will return.

central, NJ(Zone 6b)

Well I dug mine out, it came out surprising easy..

Tokyo, Japan(Zone 10a)

flowerjen, You sure move fast man! Did you save any for a container?
Jim, buck vine is a new one for me. For the sake of flowergen I hope your wrong! Nice to see you around,
your farming experiences are invaluable.

Jon

Delhi, LA

My wife wanted to buy a trumpet vine at Lowes. I told her no way. She said it couldn't be the same. Looks the same, leaves are the same. Maybe a hybred but to me it's still a buck vine. Next to impossible to get rid of once it's established. I don't have knowledge of all the technical names, but the common name in cotton farming was buck vine. Probably no help to you guys but thought I'd share.

Tokyo, Japan(Zone 10a)

Jim "a rose by any other name". A true devil in disguise!
Jon

central, NJ(Zone 6b)

Nope I didn't save any. I didn't want to spend any $ on getting a heavy duty container.

A little off topic...How did you end up in Japan, Jon?

Tokyo, Japan(Zone 10a)

flowerjen, Good question! I meet my Japanese wife in the UK, after a few years together we had a holiday in
Japan and I fell in love with the place. Now I'm in the place I love with the girl I Iove.

Jon

Forgot the I

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Delhi, LA

I love it Jon. I am a romantic at heart. Do you speak the language?

Tokyo, Japan(Zone 10a)

I am studying Japanese and speak enough to get by, one day at a time Jim, It's a lot of fun!

Jon

Waterman, IL(Zone 5a)

One more person saved from the monster.

pajonica: My former boss and now friend, travels to Japan a lot with her husband on business. She has brought back the most intricate paper cut outs for me, horses and a fish. How do they do that? Tiny little scissors?

Tokyo, Japan(Zone 10a)

pastime, they are very skilfully cut using a fine bladed stencil knife. The Japanese are extraordinarily good at this sort of thing.

Jon

central, NJ(Zone 6b)

Quoting:
Now I'm in the place I love with the girl Iove.





aaawwww, that's so sweet

Waterman, IL(Zone 5a)

Talk about patience!! I love my cutout fish it has so many colors in it.

Tokyo, Japan(Zone 10a)

pastime, I'll try and do a little research on these paper cuts, I don't even know the Japanese word for them.
Hopefully I'll get back to you with some more info. Always nice to have a little knowledge about something you like.

Jon

Waterman, IL(Zone 5a)

Thanks, I'd like that.

I scanned my paper fish once, but it must be hidden away in a stack of old zip disks somewhere in my desk.

Tokyo, Japan(Zone 10a)

pastime, It's called Kirie and here's a link you may find useful.

Jon http://ease.com/~randyj/artpaper.htm

West Richland, WA(Zone 5b)

I am really glad I found this thread!!!

I was wanting to get a trumpet vine to climb a fence around part of our patio, but after reading this I think I will look for something else. I really like wisteria too, but if it takes a long time to bloom it's not really for me either.

I looked up the info on the paper cutouts. Amazing! A coworker spent a couple months in Japan and has gotten me started on origami, atleast some of the very simple ones.

Thanks for all the great info : )

Also, if you have any suggestions for a different, less destructive flowering vine that would be great!

It is a small stretch of 6ft tall cedar fence with a lattice top and is in full sun (And it gets hot here. 100+ dry climate)

Thanks again for the info everyone,

Misty

Delhi, LA

You don't want wisteria. It is invasive as the trumpet vine. Have you thought about Lady Banks roses. Or, you might put Mandavilla in big pots and set them by your fence. You'll have to have a place to bring them in for the winter is the only draw back. They sure are pretty.

West Richland, WA(Zone 5b)

Thank you so much for the suggestions.

I am kind of a low maintenance gardner, especially now, as I have a 4 yr old, so unfortunately my flowerbed doesn't get the attention it should. I love them both anyways : )

I looked up the Lady Banks roses. The flowers look beautiful! I will definitely keep those in mind as a good option.

Thanks again!

Woodway, TX(Zone 8a)

Madam Galen trumpet vine is well-behaved and quite attractive. It doesn't grow so rampantly as the wild types do.

Tokyo, Japan(Zone 10a)

Campsis x tagliabuana 'Madame Galen' Hmm, I think anyone would do well to check out the plant files here
before trying this one! http://davesgarden.com/guides/pf/go/57002/

Woodway, TX(Zone 8a)

Gardening is complex in that plants that do well in one area might languish 50 miles away. Rainfall, the soil pH, micro-climates- these are only a few factors that determine the success of a particular plant in a particular area. Madam Galen, I repeat, is a choice vine for Central Texas. That doesn't speak for the rest of the world.

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