The Q&A Archives: Trumpet Creeper

Question: A friend of mine has a beautiful flowering vine they called a trumpet vine. The color is a light blueand has a trumpet shapes flower.

Does this sound like a trumpet vine or creeper? I thought Trumpet vines and creepers were red or orange in color.

If it is a trumpet vine or creeper can I start cuttings from it?

Answer: There is a light blue flowering Virginia Creeper (Parthenocissus quinquefolia) that grows well in your gardening region, and there is a Thunbergia Grandiflora which is commonly called the blue trumpet vine. Either plant can be started from cuttings or from seeds and either will adapt to a wide array of exposure to sunlight and soil conditions. If your friend will allow you to attempt an on-site propagation method, you can try layering. This will result in a rooted plant in less time than from tip cuttings. Simply find a new and vigorous vine that you can bend down to the ground; nick the vine slightly and set the nicked part of the stem in a little furrow in the ground. This is where new roots will develop if you keep the soil moist. Cover the injured portion of the stem with soil but allow the growing tip to remain above ground. Keep the area evenly moist and in a few weeks the stem should develop roots at the injured site. When this occurs, cut the rooted stem away from the parent plant and pot it up. Best wishes with your project!

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