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Fragrant Corkscrew Vine Seeds
Sweet Fragrance and Fascinating Nautilus-Shaped Blooms for Months on End!

Fragrant Corkscrew Vine Seeds

(P) Pkt of 5 seeds
Item # 02088-PK-P1
$6.95
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Let it twine up the sun-soaked mailbox, pillar, or trellis!

This quick-growing vine keeps you in color right into fall!
Even if your trellises are teeming with flowering vines, make room for this marvelously fragrant, distinctive tropical beauty! With a powerful, sweet fragrance that may remind you of Hyacinths, Fragrant Corkscrew Vine is the most exciting climber to come along in many, many years. All it asks is plenty of sunshine to bloom steadily from midsummer until well into fall, turning your patio, entryway, or even the humble mailbox into a perfumed paradise!

The blooms are simply exquisite, shot with primrose and shell-pink tones against a silvery base. They are shaped something like a nautilus shell, with a thick, coiled center and delicately curved outer petals. Each 1 1/4- to 2-inch blossom is distinctively beautiful -- and you'll get masses of them over the bloomtime of this 20- to 25-foot vine! Starting in midsummer (when the serious heat arrives!), they arise in foot-long bunches up and down the stem, dangling enticingly from arbors or large hanging baskets! The foliage is lovely too -- 6 inches long, with three "fingers" and a soft, downy texture.

Fragrant Corkscrew Vine is actually a tropical perennial, so if you live in southern Florida or California you may enjoy blooms year-round. Elsewhere it is best treated as an annual. What a great source of late-season color! In the annual border, let it twine up a trellis behind Cleome Sparkler, lend its fragrance to the bold blooms of Zinnias, Marigolds, and Cosmos, and offer a color counterpart to foliage plants such as Purple Knight. It's also lovely in large containers with trailing Petunias!

Like most vines, Fragrant Corkscrew Vine prefers to be direct-sown into the warm spring soil, so wait until temperatures are consistently above 60 degrees F before planting. If you want to start the seeds indoors, I recommend using a large Jiffy pot or seed-starting tray rather than plugs (because the seed is large). Transplant when the vine is young to minimize root disturbance. As your Corkscrew Vine grows, keep it well watered and fertilize monthly. You may notice that the plant remains small until early to midsummer, then takes off quickly when the hottest weather arrives. Fragrant Corkscrew Vine is not troubled by pests or disease! Pkt is 5 seeds.

Genus Vigna
Species caracalla
Item Form (P) Pkt of 5 seeds
Bloom Season Mid Summer - Early Fall
Habit Vining
Seeds Per Pack 5
Plant Height 20 ft - 25 ft
Bloom Size 1.25 in - 2 in
Additional Characteristics Fragrance, Flower
Bloom Color Multi-Color
Foliage Color Medium Green
Light Requirements Full Sun
Soil Tolerance Normal,  loamy
Uses Ornamental, Outdoor, Vines and Climbers
Overall Rating: 5 Stars
Average Based on 2 Reviews Write a Review
Easy to Over Winter Plant
D. Hines from WV wrote (March 03, 2013):
Years ago I bought a pack of these seeds and shared the plants with my late mother. Living in zone six you might not get blooms the first growing season unless the seeds are started very early indoors. But it is well worth the wait to get blooms the second season. The fragrance is wonderful and intoxicating. They are easy to overwinter. Cut back on the water and they will go semi-dormant. But springing back to life quickly when you can move them back outdoors after the threat of frost. I have had seed pods develop, but never had the pods reach maturity before the first fall frost. Well worth the effort.
THE SENT of the Cork Screw Vine ....is HEAVEN
boyahdoggie from CA wrote (November 04, 2011):
I bought this plant 2 years ago.....then I WAITED for it to bloom. The second year there IT WAS...then little white bumps on a long stem right next to the leaf! AS they grew and began to open I was in a state to AWSOME DELIGHT ! The fragrance...I can NOT describe it.....BUT take a deep breath and just imagin that THIS fragrence is WHAT HEAVEN SMELLS LIKE ! It was worth the wait and my entire block now wants one !! Every child has come and asked to take the sweet smelling BEAUTY home to mom. The color is a soft white with streaks of purple and then deep purple at the end of the bloom. The blooms last a long time and the bees and butterflies LOVE THEM ! My mail lady loves to take a break here at my mail box to breath in the scent from heaven ! She said it relaxes her... I want to create more for my friends and neighbors...they say it produces seed pods....but none yet. Make sure you have something that will support the weight of the growth and spiral blooms...I am going to build a nice big arbor for
Vigna is the botanical name for Snail Vine
Vigna Germination Information

Vigna Seed Germination How to Sow Vigna:
  • Sow indoors at a temperature of 70-72° where seeds will germinate in 10 days
  • Seeds can also be sown outdoors in spring where germination will occur in 10-15 days
  • Indoors and out, sow at a depth of 4 times the size of the seeds and clip the seeds to hasten germination

How to Grow Vigna:
Transplanting: Transplant when there are at least two sets of true leaves

Spacing: Space 12-24 inches apart in full sun to partial shade

Soil: Site in any normal, loamy, fertile, moist, well-drained garden soil

Additional Care:  Feed monthly with a balanced fertilizer and provide a structure for the vine to climb on: a trellis, arbor, or fence

Appearance and Use:

A climbing vine from 20-25 feet long that is grown as an annual outdoors in cold climates or as a perennial outdoors in frost-free climates. It is also grown as a perennial in conservatories. The 11/4-2 inch long, fragrant flowers are coiled like a snail shell: the lower lip curls up. They are colored white, yellow, or lavender and appear from mid-summer through late fall. The 6 inch long, bean-like, trifoliate leaves are composed of 3-5 inch long, soft, downy leaflets


About Vigna:
Pronunciation:  vig’nå kar-å-kal’å
Lifecycle:  Annual
Origination: Fabaceae; native to tropical South America
Common Name: Snail Vine

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It is important for our customers to know that Park Seed does not sell GMO or treated seed. We do buy a small amount of traditional hybrid seed from Seminis, a division of Monsanto Co., but that is all we purchase from them.

What are the differences between organic, heirloom, and hybrid seed?

Basically, organic seeds are seeds that are produced without the use and exposure to artificial/chemical fertilizers, insecticides, fungicides, herbicides, and other chemicals. They have to be grown, harvested, stored, and handled under very strict organic rules and procedures. All of our organic seeds are USDA 100% certified organic through Clemson University and the certificate has to be renewed yearly.

Heirloom Seeds are open-pollinated -- they are not hybrids. You can gather and save heirloom seed from year to year and they will grow true to type every year, so they can be passed down through generations. To be considered an heirloom, a variety would have to be at least from the 1940's and 3 generations old (many varieties are much older -- some 100 years or more!).

Hybrid seed are the product of cross-pollination between 2 different parent plants, resulting in a new plant/seed that is different from the parents. Unlike Heirloom seed, hybrid seed need to be re-purchased new every year (and not saved). They usually will not grow true to type if you save them, but will revert to one of the parents they were crossed with and most likely look/taste different in some way.

What are pelleted seeds? Why do you use them? How do I handle/sow them?

Extremely small seed such as Petunias and Pentas are shipped as pelleted seed to make them easier to handle and sow. Pelleted seed are coated, usually with clay, to make them larger in size. After sowing, the coating will dissolve when wet and the seed will germinate. Pelleted seeds are shipped in vials placed inside seed packets, which protects them from being crushed. When sowing, be certain to use thoroughly moistened soil, to be sure that the clay coating absorbs enough moisture to dissolve. For sowing pelleted Petunia seeds, place the seeds directly on the soil surface and do not cover with soil, as light aids in the germination.

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The ideal temperature to germinate most seeds is approximately 70 degrees F; give or take 1-2 degrees either way. This would be a good germination temperature for most flower and vegetable seeds and would be the most practical and feasible temperatures achieved for gardeners starting seeds in the home. You will notice for some seeds that it is recommended to use alternating day (warmer), night (cooler), temperatures, which is fine if one can provide such conditions. But most people are unable to provide those temperatures in a home setting, so just use the overall 70 degree F recommendation and the seeds should germinate well.

How long should grow lights be kept on per day and how close to the plants should the light be kept?

For germination and seedling/plant growth, you want to simulate the natural day-night cycles, and as a general rule, grow lights should be on 8-12 hours per day and off at night. You can vary this timing, as some seeds such as tomato, pepper, petunia, impatiens, and others, benefit from 14-17 hours of light per day (and the remainder of the 24 hour period in darkness). The most common grow lights used are fluorescent; using cool white, warm white, and wide-spectrum fluorescent tubes. These lights work well for germination and for growing plants up to a transplantable size. Fluorescent lights should be kept close though, 3-6 inches above the soil or the growing plants, adjusting the height as the plants grow.

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What is the best way to store seeds over a longer time period?

We recommend the best way to extend seed storage life is to store seeds in something air tight, such as a plastic zipper storage bag or canning jar, and place it in the refrigerator. This will extend the life of seeds for many years.

What depth should I sow various seeds?

When sowing seed outdoors, we recommend a maximum planting depth of 4X the width of the seed. When sowing seed indoors, the planting depth can be less, depending on the seed being sown, so it is always best to check specific directions. Here are some general guidelines concerning planting depth in relation to seed size: Tiny, dust-like seeds need to be sown on the surface of the growing medium or soil, uncovered, as they need light to germinate. The planting depth for small seed can be anywhere from barely covering, to 1/8-inch deep, to possibly 1/4-inch deep, depending on the recommendation. Medium seed should be planted at 1/4- to 1/2-inch deep, depending on the recommendation. Larger seeds can be planted 1-inch or deeper, depending on the recommendation.