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are climbing nasturtiums a perennial in Pasadena?

Posted by nova0929 So Cal (My Page) on
Wed, Oct 20, 10 at 13:33

We have only a chain link fence between the house we are renting and the neighbors, and we really want more privacy. We have planted jasmine in one section and put up a mostly ineffective bamboo fence in another. I thought it would be fun for our 2 year old to help me plant nasturtium seeds and train them up the bamboo fence. But I've just moved to Pasadena and I am wondering: are climbing nasturtiums perennials in this area? Or would I have to plant anew every year.

If they aren't perennials, do you have any recommendations for vines I could plant by seed, ie that won't be so expensive as bushes would be (it's about 35 feet) and that will grow quickly? Thank you!

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RE: are climbing nasturtiums a perennial in Pasadena?

It depends which part of Pasadena you're in. Some places get more frost than others. In the milder parts, it will survive every Winter.

But to be honest, nasturtiums look terrible after about a year, so I'd recommend something else, like a good passion vine. There are many different kinds and they grow very quickly. If you like fruit, look for passiflora edulis "Frederick", it's available at most nurseries.

RE: are climbing nasturtiums a perennial in Pasadena?

Yes, Passion vines grow quickly from seed. You will have passion vines all over the yard after they begin to set fruit, though, so beware.

If you want annual vines, morning glory, sweet peas, flame vine, and nasturtiums grow quickly and reseed. I love "Heavenly Blue" morning glory.


RE: are climbing nasturtiums a perennial in Pasadena?

Thank you!

RE: are climbing nasturtiums a perennial in Pasadena?

Be careful... once you plant morning glory in that climate, you will have it forever... that was my biggest regret of planting... talk about an agressive vine! It sure looked great, but keeping it under control was a challenge (which I easily lost)

RE: are climbing nasturtiums a perennial in Pasadena?

I like thumbergia, Black eyed Susan vine. It comes in other colors, too.

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