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Care of the plant Campsis radicans or Trumpet vine.

Care of the climbing plant Campsis radicans or Trumpet vine

The genus Campsis, family Bignoniaceae, comprises only 2 species of climbing plants native to eastern Asia and the southeastern United States. The species are: Campsis radicans and Campsis grandiflora.

Common names: Trumpet vine, Trumpet creeper, Hummingbird vine. This species is native to the eastern United States.

They are climbing shrub plants that reach 10 meters (32.8 feet) in height. The branches are long and flexible like lianas and are equipped with tendrils that facilitate their adhesion to fences and walls. The leaves are deciduous, oval and opposite. The flowers are funnel-shaped, clustered in clusters and are orange-red in color. They bloom from late summer to mid-fall.

They are used to cover walls, fences and pergolas. They can also be grown in large pots to decorate terraces.

Campsis radicans can be grown in full sun and semi-shade exposure (they flower less). They need mild climates with average annual temperatures between 18-25 ºC (64-77 ºF).

The soil can be a mixture of normal garden soil with 1/4 peat and 1/4 coarse sand. Planting is done at the end of winter.

Water abundantly in summer and sparingly in winter. In spring and fall, water regularly to keep the soil moist (never water).

From spring to the end of flowering, fertilize with mineral fertilizer every 15 days.

They can be attacked by insects and mealybugs.

They propagate by seeds, layering and cuttings in spring.

Images of the climbing plant Campsis radicans or Trumpet vine

Campsis radicans
Campsis radicans
Campsis radicans
Campsis radicans
Campsis radicans