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Growing Cypress Vine Flower Plants
Annual, Ipomoea Quamoclit
Cypress Vines are members of the Morning Glory family. The vines grow quickly, and produce an abundance of bright, star shaped flowers. This plant is also called Hummingbird Flower and Star Glory Flower. It is native to Central America, and tropical areas of South America.
Annual Cypress Vine plants are easy to grow, and almost maintenance free. When grown in full sun in rich garden soil, these flowering vines will grow quickly. Let your plants grow up an trellis, and watch how fast they climb. 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.
As a flowering vine, the plants 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.
Cypress Vine are grown from seeds.
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.
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 growing 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.
Cypress plants are annuals, and 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.
Insect and Disease:
Insect and disease problems are infrequent. Treat with insecticides, repellents or fungicide as needed.
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