Growing the Brilliant Vining Cardinal Flower

Growing the Brilliant Vining Cardinal Flower
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Growing the Vining Cardinal FlowerEvery year I grow morning glories, but this year I decided to branch out and plant the Cardinal Climber (Ipomoea multifida). This beautiful vining plant is a half-hardy annual that grows up to 12 feet.

Plant it in full sun, soaking the seeds for 24 hours before sowing. The soil should be fairly rich, and very well-drained. It does not like transplanting, so plant where you will grow it.

I'm just now getting ready to plant mine since our weatherman was a little unsure of more frost before now. We are still having 40 degree nights, but I'm hoping those lower temperatures are gone.

You'll want to keep the soil moist while waiting for germination. They may take up to 10 days to sprout depending on the temperature.

Cardinal climber is a relative of the morning glory, so if you've grown those, these will be easy. They have fire red small blooms with an almost lacy dark green foliage and grow very quickly.

One more plus to this vine - it's attractive to hummingbirds!

Image: Wikimedia.org

 

About The Author

Brenda Hyde is a freelance writer living on ten acres in rural Michigan with her husband and three kids. She is a mom, grandma, gardener, cook and writer. She blogs on all of these topics at Harvestmoongazette.blogspot.com.

 
 

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