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Name: Calin
Weston-super-mare UK (Zone 7b)
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fixpix
Mar 24, 2014 2:49 AM CST
I got two kinds of Aristolochia.

Gigantea - in a pot, grew to about 2 m last year, looks kinda bad after the cold winter, but still alive (just the leaves are brown).
Question is, can I prune it? Hasn't bloomed YET!
I got a lot of contracting info online - that it blooms on old wood, that trimming enhances growth and blooming... now what am I to understand?
IF I cut it really hard to say half the size, I'm not getting blooms?
I can't just let it grow and grow cause it's in a lot and it can only grow so much in a pot.

Kewensis - this one, as I could see, blooms on new wood. I already pruned it hard. It bloomed a lot last summer/fall.
Is it OK?
Name: Elaine
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dyzzypyxxy
Mar 25, 2014 11:39 AM CST
Calin, my neighbor has one (Gigantea) that did take until the second year to bloom. It should be ok at least until after this summer if this is its first year in the pot. But . . how big's the pot? Here they grow in very lean soil with very little fertilizer or help. If you leave it in a pot (size up to the biggest one you can manage) it will eventually stunt its growth, but by then you can prune it to the size you need.

Otherwise, it's going to get to be a huge vine, so are you thinking about what to do with it this summer when it takes off and goes crazy? Green Grin!
Elaine

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Name: Calin
Weston-super-mare UK (Zone 7b)
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fixpix
Mar 26, 2014 12:13 AM CST
Well nope. No idea what to do when it "grows up" Smiling
Send it to college?
You know, sometimes we care for plants that are doomed from seed.
Indeed. How can I grow an aristolochia here?
The pot is rather large.
I will take pics over the weekend.

Name: Elaine
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dyzzypyxxy
Mar 26, 2014 8:46 AM CST
Hey, you can enjoy it this summer, then see if you can pawn it off on somebody who has a big greenhouse? A local nursery might take it as a curiosity?

They don't call it 'Gigantea' just because of the big flowers, the vine can go 30ft without any help at all!
Elaine

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Name: Calin
Weston-super-mare UK (Zone 7b)
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fixpix
Mar 27, 2014 1:07 AM CST
Hehehe, I think I'd prefer a bonsai plant with gigantea flowers :)
Well... I will have to see if it blooms. Then, if I don't like the flower, I'll think about it.
I don't think of nurseries around here adopting plants from strangers. But then again, I never offered any to any LOL
Name: Elaine
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dyzzypyxxy
Mar 27, 2014 10:21 AM CST
It's like offering a dog lover a stray puppy, Calin. Angel

Nurseries are populated with plant lovers, so if you take your plant in there and say "I'm going to have to throw it away" I'd bet some good money they'll take it off your hands.

You might be able to keep that vine sort of 'semi-bonsai' through this summer while it blooms for you. Keep the pruning shears handy and cut it back between bloom cycles.
Elaine

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