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Trumpet vine

Buy trumpet vine at the Lubera Garden Shop

The trumpet vine (genus Campsis) - also known as the trumpet creeper - is a real beauty as a climbing plant.

   
 
Chinese Trumpet Creeper

Campsis grandiflora, a wild form of the trumpet creeper from China with large orange...

£16.40 *

Trumpet Vine

Campsis radicans, a vigorous trumpet vine with red flowers

£13.40 *

Trumpet Vine 'Flamenco'

Campsis radicans 'Flamenco' - a rich-blooming trumpet vine with dark red flowers

£17.40 *

Trumpet Vine 'Flava'

Campsis radicans 'Flava' - a trumpet vine with orange-yellow flowers

£16.40 *

Trumpet Vine 'Mme Galen'

Campsis tagliabuana 'Mme Galen'

£17.40 *

Trumpet Vine 'Stromboli'

Campsis radicans 'Stromboli' - a trumpet vine with bright red flowers

£17.40 *

   
 

More information about trumpet vine

 

It immerses the garden with its impressive red (and in some varieties also orange and yellow) flowers in bright colours until autumn. Many trumpet-like single flowers stand in clusters on the tips of the shoots and are a real feast for the eyes. When you buy a trumpet vine, you are making a good decision: there is hardly any other perennial climbing plant that spreads so much exotic flair and yet still holds its own in our latitudes.

So if you want to plant a fast-growing, decorative climbing shrub and have a sunny, warm and sheltered location, you should consider Campsis radicans and the varieties on offer. It is suitable for growing on facades, walls and pergolas. On facades, it grows as a shaped shrub. The plant can also be used as a potted plant on a balcony as a screen or for greening. Because of the nectar content of the many flowers, it is also gladly and extensively visited by bees.

 

 

Trumpet vine forms and grafted varieties from the Lubera garden shop

 

Discover the varieties in our assortment!

There are basically two types of wild forms: Campsis radicans from North America and Campsis grandiflora (Chinese trumpet flower) from China.

Campsis grandiflora absolutely needs a climbing aid, as it does not develop adhesive roots. The latter is considered by many to be the most beautiful plant of this genus - but it is less frost hardy than the radicans type and is best kept in a pot.

With a growth height of 500 to 800 centimetres, the 'Flava' variety grows somewhat more moderately than the wild species.

Campsis tagliabuana ‘Mme Galen’, the trumpet bindweed, is an old cross between C. grandiflora and C. radicans and is a popular variety because it blooms very richly and over a long period from the beginning of July to the end of September.

 

Buy trumpet vine - the growth habit

 

This is a fast-growing climbing shrub that can self-climb. This means that it anchors itself with gently looping shoots. Like ivy, it also develops adhesive roots and can, therefore, do without climbing aids (exception: C. grandiflora). The plant can grow up to ten metres high in favourable locations. The first leaves of the plant appear relatively late, often in May. Annual growth of two to three metres is possible. Older shoots lignify and develop a light bark with striking longitudinal furrows; the younger shoots are green. The large, trumpet-shaped flowers appear from July to September.

 

Climbing aid

 

The plant climbs up walls and house walls with its adhesive roots. Since it can reach heights of up to eight metres and also becomes bushy, it should be offered an additional climbing aid in the form of steel cables or trellises. The trunk guidance and formation is carried out in the same way as with vines. It is also recommended to tie up the main shoots of the trumpet vine. From a height of two metres at the latest, it needs a climbing frame, otherwise, it will buckle.

 

The suitable location

 

A warm and protected place on a house wall is optimal for this plant. The location should not be at risk of a late frost. The foot of the plant should be in the shade if possible. The plant is quite tolerant with regard to the pH value. It also prefers moderately dry to fresh, loosened and nutrient-rich garden soil. In nature, the trumpet vine feels very comfortable on marshy soils at the edge of forests. This is why the plant does not cope well with drought. A very loamy soil or a sandy substrate that is subject to compaction can be improved with humus.

 

Planting

 

The best planting time for the trumpet vine is in the spring. When planting outdoors, water the root ball of the plant and cut it back a little. Put some compost into the planting hole.

 

In a pot

 

If you buy a trumpet vine, you can also cultivate it very well in a planter. It can be used as a screen on the balcony or for greening the railing. If you want to grow this plant in a pot, it should definitely have a drainage layer. The potting soil should have a high humus content (mix in compost). Since C. grandiflora is relatively quickly heavily lignified and is not quite as frost hardy as the other trumpet flowers, it can also be grown as a small tree or high trunk in a pot.

 

Care

 

Long periods of drought are not good for your plant, so you should ensure a regular water supply. A layer of mulch on the ground is beneficial because it keeps the moisture in the soil longer. Even in the winter, the soil of the plant must not dry out completely. However, waterlogging should be avoided.

Applying compost in the spring is usually sufficient. When growing the plant in containers, you should use a slow-release fertiliser during the budding out period. Do not apply too much nitrogen, otherwise the plant will usually only develop leaves and no flowers. For this, the plant needs phosphates from time to time.

 

Pruning

 

Pruning is very important when caring forf the trumpet vine. New shoots of three metres in length are not uncommon with this plant. In early spring, they should be pruned down to a few buds from the previous year's wood. You can proceed in a similar way as with vines and cut all (side) shoots down to 4-10 cm. Thin wood should be removed since the plant flowers on the new wood and this promotes flower formation.

 

Overwintering

 

If you have a young plant in your garden, you should protect it in the winter, for example by covering the roots with plant material. If the main shoots are lignified after a few years, the plant will also cope well with our winters. Then the varieties of these trumpet flower are hardy down to -15 degrees Celsius. Nevertheless, additional winter protection can be helpful. The Chinese trumpet creeper in a pot must be placed in a frost-free room, e.g. in a garage. If a container with other Campsis varieties is left outside, it is recommended to wrap it with bubble wrap or a similar material.

 

Propagation

 

Layers can be removed and inserted into the ground at another location. Roots develop within a few weeks. The plant forms root runners which should be cut off in time if propagation is not desired.

 

Slightly poisonous

 

When you buy this plant, always wear gloves when handling it to avoid skin irritation. Also, children and animals should not come into contact with it.

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