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How to Grow Cardinal Climber

Ipomoea Germination Information

Ipomoea x multifida is the botanical name for Cardinal Climber
Ipomoea  x multifida Seed Germination How to Sow Ipomoea x multifida:
  • Best sown indoors, 6-8 weeks before planting out, at alternating temperatures of 68° and 86°
  • Expect germination in 10-15 days
  • Outdoors, seeds may be sown, after all danger of frost is past in the spring, when the soil is warm
  • Outdoors, expect germination in 12-17 days
  • Soak the seed in warm water for 24 hours prior to sowing or clip or notch the seeds
  • If sowing seed outdoors, we recommend a maximum planting depth of 4X the width of the seed

How to Grow Ipomoea x multifida:
Transplanting: Transplant when there are at least two sets of true leaves. Transplant carefully, as it resents being disturbed

Spacing: Plant out 12-15 inches apart in an acidic, rich, moist, well-drained soil in full to partial shade

Soil: Plant in a light, rich, moist, and well-drained soil. Water often but avoid high levels of nitrogen

Lighting: Site plant in an area that has full sunlight.

Appearance and Use:

A 15-20 foot long, climbing vine to be grown on a structure: trellis, fence, or arbor. The 11/2-2 inch, green leaves are triangular-ovate in overall shape and are elegantly divided in a way that resembles a palm frond. The summer-appearing flowers are 1 inch in diameter, crimson with a white throat, tubular, and face upwards. They remain open all day and are attractive to hummingbirds


About Ipomoea x multifida:
Pronunciation:  i-po-me’å mul-ti-fid’å
Lifecycle:  Annual
Origination: Convolvulaceae; native to the Tropics
Common Name: Cardinal Climber