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Trumpet vine never has seed pods

Posted by jbclem z9b Topanga Ca (My Page) on
Wed, Nov 23, 11 at 19:26

My Royal Purple (Blue?) trumpet vine has plenty of flowers but never any seeds. I haven't seen any hummingbirds around and don't know if anything else can pollinate them. Often I see ants in the flowers, and I've also tried many times to hand pollinate them...but nothing is working.

Any suggestions?


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RE: Trumpet vine never has seed pods

w/o a botanical latin name.. its hard to look it up for you ...

perhaps your blue version is sterile ....

as the breeders move from the plain old color [red???] .. to the more exotic.. it is very common for the end effect to be that the plant is sterile ....

that is presuming that your z9 trumpet vine.. is the same plant i know as trumpet vine.. here in z5 MI ... common names can be very problematic ...

if you dont have the name.. a pic might get you an ID ...


Here is a link that might be useful: how to post pix

RE: Trumpet vine never has seed pods

Why not take cuttings? Most vines root easily and it would be much quicker than growing from seed. (Is it Distictis 'Rivers'?)

RE: Trumpet vine never has seed pods

Is this your vine!
Distictis rivers * Royal Trumpet Vine

RE: Trumpet vine never has seed pods

  • Posted by jbclem z9b Topanga Ca (My Page) on
    Sat, Dec 17, 11 at 19:02

It is Distictis Rivers...I hadn't thought of cuttings because of the size of the plant, but it's probably time to try that. However, I just want to know what it takes to get this trumpet vine to produce seeds. It's become a challenge to figure this out.

RE: Trumpet vine never has seed pods

The only thing that I can come up with is that it needs the right pollinators before they will make seeds pods. Seems that the Humming Bird is the #1 pollinator for this plant.
Hope this helps

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