Cardinal Climber[creeper].

Joined: March 1st, 2006, 9:38 pm

April 16th, 2018, 12:21 am #11

More on the topic of this thread, though, I did decide one year to grow Cardinal Climber in my former Minnesota garden.  I started a bunch of seed early indoors and created a number of 8ft tall trellises out of electrical conduit and plastic netting.  I placed a number of these trellis panels in line to create a wall behind my Salvia border.  The vines grew well, but it was so much work I decided not to do it again.  I enjoyed it the one year I did it, though:
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Donald
Red Wing MN
zone 4
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April 16th, 2018, 5:53 pm #12

I could be disappointed with my effort with this too.  Last time I wasnt succesful with the growth so I try again.  If it becomes over bearing or the hummers wont use it then I most likely will not grow it again.  Plus I could be overrun with insects such as aphids.  Only time will tell.
Steve W.
Martinsville IN.
Zone 6
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Joined: September 16th, 2005, 12:08 pm

April 16th, 2018, 8:35 pm #13

Steve it does bloom later than other better hummer annuals but it is a nice fill-in vine even before it blooms but it does tend to take over. Then you have the job of removing all those dead vines later in the fall.
Penny
Zone 6a
Western NY state
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April 16th, 2018, 9:01 pm #14

Donald, very impressive sight!!  Did you see hummingbirds use the Cardinal Climber?
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April 16th, 2018, 11:45 pm #15

kathirock wrote: Donald, very impressive sight!!  Did you see hummingbirds use the Cardinal Climber?
Kathi--that was quite a few years ago, but hummers definitely used the flowers.  One thing that bugged me was I figured I could see only half the hummer action because the back half of the trellis was never in view.  It took longer for the cardinal climber to reach full bloom than most of the Salvias--the picture was taken before the cardinal climber peaked.
Donald
Red Wing MN
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April 17th, 2018, 3:15 am #16

Donald- If mine grows like I want it to it would be the same situation here.  I would only be viewing one side of the vine. 
Steve W.
Martinsville IN.
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Joined: June 21st, 2006, 1:24 pm

April 17th, 2018, 4:49 am #17

We have a honeysuckle vine that grows on a chain link fence and we have to assume that we haven't been able to see many hummingbird visits that occur on the other side of the fence.  
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April 17th, 2018, 9:27 am #18

For those starting out with a honeysuckle it might be a good fill in until the honeysuckle grows up. It would give you a nice thick vine while the honeysuckle fills out. And a side note ... it was used a lot by the hummers.
Penny
Zone 6a
Western NY state
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April 17th, 2018, 2:25 pm #19

I love vines and wish I had more space to plant them.  Cardinal Climber has been popular with the hummers here when I have had it, but it does not reseed abundantly like the invasive Cypress Vine or the little red or yellow Morning Glories.
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April 17th, 2018, 2:31 pm #20

To those of you who get aphids on your honeysuckle and also grow cardinal climber - do you also have aphids on the cc vines.
Steve W.
Martinsville IN.
Zone 6
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