Trumpet vines look dead - Knowledgebase Question

Denver, Co
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Question by janetldurkin
April 22, 2009
I planted trumpet vines last spring and they grew beautifully on my trelles although they did not bloom in their first season. Why? They are showing no signs of coming back to life this spring. Is it too early to tell 4/24 if they will come back? They are very hard and brittle and look quite dead. Why? Should I have pruned them back in the fall?

CT., zone 6A
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A comment from Wmson
September 8, 2021
Here in Northeast CT., zone 5/6, my Trumpet vine is the very last thing in my yard to leaf out. I think it was late May this year (2021) I see your post is from 2009, so I hope it did grow!

Answer from NGA
April 22, 2009
Trumpet vine should be hardy in Denver so unless the soil got really soggy over the wintertime, your vines should grow this spring. Cut back the obviously dead stems to promote new growth. Sometimes trumpet vines won't bloom for 2-3 years after planting so I don't think that is of concern (disappointment, maybe, but not a plant health concern). If the roots made it through the winter you should see new growth a few weeks after pruning them back. Hope so!

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A comment from Johnkr
June 25, 2019
Mine looks dead all over. Very little growth at all. Do I cut back now or wait till fall

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