Crazy vines

Michelle_LeighApril 25, 2005

Hello,

I am new here, just moved into a new house with lots of crazy crazy vines growing all over the fence and up about 40 feet in the air on top of an oak tree. There are 3 different types of flowers as far as I can see...big big red passion flowers, kinda purplish/green ones (all passifloras), and smaller green ones. Also BIG leaves. Any advice on how to cut these things back wihtout killing them? Also, can I put the flowers in a vase, or will they die quickly? I lived in apartments until now, so don't know what to do with an entire YARD. Could use some help here, too. Low maintenance advice, please! Thanks...

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chinacat_sunflower(7)

:) thankfully, if you need to, you can cut them back to about 3 feet tall, and they'll never notice the difference...

and yes, they look great in arrangements. some last longer than others, but it sounds like you have an abundance of them.

I'm jealous- the crazy vines on the run-down place I bought were a (fungi-ridden) grape, a bittersweet, and something like kudzu, but without even the benefit of flowers!

you might want to check out the 'new to gardening' forum...

there's a lot of 'low maintenance' help to be had there :)

and welcome!

    Bookmark   April 26, 2005 at 4:00PM
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daveandlaura(8b-S. Louisiana)

You could also use what you cut back as trade material. If you're interested in getting some different plants for your new yard, I'm sure there are people out there who would be interested in trading -- me for one!!! :D

Dave

(email me if you're interested in pursuing a trade)

    Bookmark   April 27, 2005 at 11:18AM
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Michelle_Leigh

Hmm. I do not really know how to take a proper cutting. There would be a good chance that it wouldn't survive if I did that! I think maybe it needs new growth to do a cutting?, which I would have to hunt for...any tips? I've only stuck avocados in glasses of water and neglected my beautiful orchids (we can do that here in FL with no drawbacks!)

    Bookmark   April 27, 2005 at 3:24PM
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flicker(z8b LA)

Some passiflora do root in water. Some need more time than others to root. Most do well if you get rooting powder and follow the directions on the label. Check out the PAssiflora Society of America site and look at some of the links. There will be many galleries of flowers and leaves to look at. How ever there are 500+ passies to choose from!!

    Bookmark   April 28, 2005 at 8:39PM
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mamaspud(z6KS)

I would love to have some of your cuttings.
Are you looking for anything special in trade or would you be willing to send for postage?

I am so envious. I would love you have your problem....LOL

    Bookmark   April 28, 2005 at 10:36PM
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romando(9b/10a , sunset 17)

Me too!! E mail me or check out my trade list; I think you really need to send some my way.

    Bookmark   April 29, 2005 at 12:47AM
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FLOWERSANDYHEAVEN(z9polkco.florid)

I WILL TRADE ANYTHING I HAVE FOR ALL THE RED PASSIFLORA I CAN GET, I HAVE SILK FLOSS TREES AND LOTS OF OTHER PLANTS TO TRADE

    Bookmark   May 8, 2005 at 5:47PM
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