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Ipomoea quamoclit or Cardinal Climber : characteristics, planting and soil conditions.

Ipomoea quamoclit is the formal name for the vine known as Cardinal Climber or the Cypress vine. It is also known as the Hummingbird vine because it is a particular favorite for those swift flying little birds. The long tubular flowers lend themselves for sticking their long, thin beaks in to sip the nectar.
Ipomoea is a group of perennial or annual vines as well as evergreen shrubs and perennials.


Flower Type: Annual
Bloom Time: Summer to Fall
Height: 6′ – 20′ vine
Exposure: Full Sun
When to Sow Outside: In spring after last frost or early summer.
When to Sow Inside: 4-6 weeks before planting outside.
Seed Depth: 1/2 ”
Seed Spacing: 1″
Days to Emerge: 5 – 15
Thinning: When 2″ tall thin to 6″ – 12″ apart


– The profusion of small, but brilliant, red trumpet shaped flowers will be begin to appear in mid summer.
– Finely cut, feathery, deep green foliage is attractive in appearance, growing on dark stems.
– Soak the seeds overnight.

How to Grow Cardinal Climber Plants

– Cardinal Climber plants need full sun to reach their full potential.
– They prefer rich, well drained soils.
– Water them frequently during dry periods.
– Add a general purpose fertilizer once a month to provide the fuel they need for their quick growth.
– Provide a tall, strong trellis or fence for them to grow.
– Once your Cardinal Climber are established, they will grow well until the first frost.
– Cardinal Climber are annuals, and will succumb to spring and fall frosts.

Insect and disease problems are infrequent. If insect or disease problems occur, treat early with organic or chemical insect repellents and fungicide.

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