Hi, can anyone give me suggestions on this?
I have built a privacy lattice fence (plastic type 8 ft high 24 ft wide
with 4x4's and 2x4's for support) I have ordered 3 Indian Summer Trumpet
Vines to grow up the trellis and probably up the 50-60' oak tree behind it.
I have since read that they can be very invasive and hard to control and am
getting a little worried if I ordered to many or if I should even plant them
in my zone7 GA area. Dappled shade to part sun?
I read mixed reviews from several people. Some love them others hate them. I
wanted to plant for the privacy and hummingbirds. One lady said she planted
them in 5 gal plastic pots with the bottom cut out along with pruning and
pulling out new sprouts she had good results.
Anyone here have any experience with them and can give advice?
Don't know about Trumpet Vine, but we had a Lipstick Vine/Plant/Bush (or
something like that) in Central TX.
It was pretty, prolific, tough, and attracted hummingbirds galore.
It also was a pain to clear out if left unattended, since it attached itself
with little root/tentacle patches which bored into any wood (fences,
lattice, or window panes/sills), and were even a pain to get off of the
That one needed a weekly look/trim.
Not sure who posted the original question, but here is my 2 cents...
I am in South Jersey and know some people who have them. They WILL SPREAD!
I planted a few little twigs last summer and this spring, I see the plant
several feet from where I originally planted it. As I understand it, it
goes deep, travels
underground and pops up all over. MIGHT be contained if planted in a deep
bucket with the bottom
cut out to limit sideways travel, but this is one tough plant so I
wouldn't bet on it.
I'm risking it because I think they are pretty and where I put it is
surrounded by sidewalk
and street. If it makes it to the lawn (it will) it will just get mowed.
Thanks for responding! I am hoping the 5 gal.containers will slow them down
a bit and I can cut the little off-shoots that make it to the lawn area
outside the beds and hand pull the ones in the bed.
I've also heard it spreads not only by roots but seed pods and I hope by
keeping it trimmed those will be reduced. I just hope I am not making a big
mistake planting these. The flowers look lovely in the pictures and I love
Do you know if it will attach itself to the plastic lattice or do I need to
twine it up? Supports are pressure treated 4x4's so eventually it can grab
onto them I guess.
Are you getting blooms?? Several people said on the gardening forum I was
they were disappointed because theirs never bloomed at all.
----- Original Message -----
Sent: Monday, May 08, 2006 10:08 PM
Subject: Re: Plant Trumpet Vine in container?
I'm not really familiar with the plant you have, however I have some
experience with passion flower, the kind that grows wild up the East
Coast, AKA maypop. (larvae food for Fritillary butterflies.) Well
named, because the main root runs about a foot under the ground and it
"may pop" up anywhere. I planted mine in half barrel containers,
that have bottoms and sides. I must confess the seed sprout
outside the pot where you don't want them, but I have butterflies in
large numbers every year and the container plants are well fed and
come back every year.
Go for it! You'll enjoy the hummers.
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