Trumpet Vines - Knowledgebase Question

Santa Ana, CA
Question by anhle_99
September 27, 1999
In a East South side of my backyard (lots of sun), I built a deck with wooden roof and wooden trellis walls.
I'm planning to plant a trumpet vines on a 4X4 wooden post to train to climb.

We are concerned about the potential a trumpet vine to grow too vigorously over our house.

Is it possible to train the trumpet vines to go to 2 separate directions?

If this plant is not feasible, could anyone suggest a better choice of vine? We are looking into the trumpet vine because of the beautiful flowers and densed green leaves
but willing to open for other possibilities.

Thank you.

Answer from NGA
September 27, 1999


Brugmansia, or Trumpet Vine, is a vigorous grower but you should be able to keep it under control by pinching and pruning before it gets to the stage that it might overtake the supporting structure. It can produce up to 15' of growth in a single season so plan to prune each year in the early spring, leaving only two buds per branchlet. This will allow you to direct the growth of the vines as it develops. You'll be delighted with the fragrant flowers this plant produces!

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