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need advise about those long pods?

Posted by marion1 z5 ks (My Page) on
Mon, Sep 12, 05 at 7:25

Gotten a trumpet vine over 3 years ago,
this is the first year I got those orange salmon
clusters and many humming birds.Noticed lately when the flowers are done,there are bean pods in it's place,exept they are getting huge,some are 8"long,
what are they for,are those seeds?
is it how they start,from seeds,and how are they preserved ,kept & started.Can I cut them off and dry,or let them hang till they all dried up? now the tiny ants are all over! Tried the vine forum,but it was not working.

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RE: need advise about those long pods?

Those are seed pods, and seed is one way trumpet vines start. Another way (which you probably haven't discovered yet after only three years, but just wait) :) is that they sucker freely. And I do mean *freely.* You're going to have trumpet vines coming up all over the place before too much longer, so if you want to grow them from seed you certainly can (and sorry, I don't know the details of growing them from seed), but there's no need to. You'll have more than you want of them soon!

You might google "starting trumpet vines from seed" or something to find out more, if no one here chimes in.

Have fun!

RE: need advise about those long pods?

Actually, I was surprised when we moved here that Chicagoans like trumpet vine so much. Where I lived south of here in Tennessee and Virginia, they are just about as common as herring. And like Kaiser Wilhelm said about herring: people would think they were a delicacy, if they weren't so plentiful!

I think trumpet vine must not be as at home here as elsewhere, or it truly would be everywhere, from what I remember. And it's really not, from what I've seen. Plus, people like it and try to grow it. My mom was always having to cut it off her trellis in Tennessee. She viewed it as a weed there.

Don't get me wrong: I love the color of the flowers and leaves and the form of it. I like that it attracts hummingbirds. I think it's a nice plant.

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