Canary creeper vines are easy to grow

Canary creeper vines are easy to grow Canary creeper vines are easy to grow
Canary creeper vines are easy to grow:  An easy way to add both height and texture to your garden is by growing flowering vines like canary creeper.

The canary creeper has a lot of yellow flowers that resemble a canary’s feathered wings.
The reason for its name is that canary creeper was discovered growing in the Canary Islands.

The vine does not reach great heights, but it is extremely beautiful.  This vine clings easily and makes a nice, unusual climber in a garden.

Canary Creeper is related to nasturtiums, which also have brightly colored flowers.
Like nasturtiums, the flowers, leaves, and seeds are all edible, with a lively, tangy flavor. Canary creeper is also known as canary bird vine.

Exposure:
Plant in full sun to partial shade in the afternoons.
Canary creeper vines start blooming in mid-summer and continue on through fall.
They are frost tender and will slow down as the weather cools.

Support:
Canary creeper is a delicate looking vine. It needs a trellis or wooden support.
It climbs best on thin structures that it can wrap itself around.  Even though the yellow flowers are bright,
they can fade at a distance.

Growing Tips:
Soil: 
Canary creeper likes a neutral to slightly acidic soil. It does not need a rich soil.
Organic matter will keep it growing and blooming without additional fertilizer.

Planting: 
Canary creeper is usually grown from seed. Garden centers do not like to keep them as they get tangled with other plants. Not to say that there may be garden centers that do keep them.
The seeds have a hard shell, therefore the best method is to soak them overnight before planting them.
They should germinate within 10 days.

Plant the seeds about 1/4 inch deep. Sow directly, or start them indoors. Water regularly until plants are fully established. Thin out the seedlings to about 1 foot apart, when they are 4 – 5 inches tall.
Plants started indoors will bloom earlier, but if you have a long growing season, they may give out in mid-summer.

Maintenance:
Canary Creeper does best when the soil is a little dry and not too rich.   Water only when the soil has had time to completely dry out and don’t bother with any fertilizer unless the leaves start to look yellow.

Too much fertilizer will mean less flowers.
There is no need to deadhead the flowers or trim the vines. Just enjoy having them in  full bloom.

Pests & Problems:

Few pests bother Canary Creeper. Aphids can sometimes be a problem.
If you notice them, hose them off or use insecticidal soap.

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 Canary creeper vines are easy to grow

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