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atbefort
May 17, 2017 4:47 PM CST
We just moved to the country and I'm a complete newbie when it comes to ANYTHING plant oriented. I have a trumpet vine that BADLY needs trimming back, I've some of the dead growth but I'm unsure how much more I can do since it's already May. We had a late freeze so there are no buds or flowers growing on it yet. It's looking pretty bad. Can anyone help or direct me to a place to ask? HELP!
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Name: Porkpal
Richmond, TX
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porkpal
May 17, 2017 6:06 PM CST
If that is your house under all that vine, I think you should probably cut the vines back to the ground. It will not kill them and it might save the house. As they resprout, you cane train them in a safer direction - onto a trellis, perhaps.
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ctcarol
May 17, 2017 6:59 PM CST
I agree Trumpet vine gets out of control easily, but can be trained.

atbefort
May 17, 2017 7:32 PM CST
porkpal said:If that is your house under all that vine, I think you should probably cut the vines back to the ground. It will not kill them and it might save the house. As they resprout, you cane train them in a safer direction - onto a trellis, perhaps.


Thanks, There are 3 trellis' behind all that mess, but one is so overgrown the vines have forced it away from the house. If I cut it all down to the ground it will regrow? Although admittedly at this point not sure I want it to...

atbefort
May 17, 2017 7:33 PM CST
porkpal said:If that is your house under all that vine, I think you should probably cut the vines back to the ground. It will not kill them and it might save the house. As they resprout, you cane train them in a safer direction - onto a trellis, perhaps.


I guess what I need to be asking, "Is there anything that I need to avoid doing when I trim it to the ground in order for it to resprout well?"
Name: Porkpal
Richmond, TX
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porkpal
May 17, 2017 8:06 PM CST
I don't think there is anything you can do that would cause it to NOT grow back well.
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North Central TX (Zone 8a)
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tx_flower_child
May 17, 2017 10:16 PM CST
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DavidLMO
May 18, 2017 12:28 AM CST
You recently bought this house? Many mortgage companies would require that plant be ripped down - maybe not where you live. Big Grin

If you cut it, it will regrow at ALL cuts. Grumbling

It laffs at RoundUp unless mixed at very high rates. In the bottle ready to use stuff is nearly useless. Tordon is much better.

GET IT OFF THE HOUSE.

It grows by seeds and runners and can run under your house.

Move elsewhere - easy to move smaller plants.

Did I mention that I would get it off the house? It will cause damage especially on wood parts and can cause mortar damage over time on bricks.

Use a SawzAll on the plant at the house and pour Tordon on the stumps. Will kill everything in the vicinity.

Trumpet is one of the most aggressive of all plants and hard to kill.

Good luck and Welcome!

BTW - it is NOT likely that you will ever totally eliminate it.
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LeeMiro
May 26, 2017 11:08 PM CST
Trumpet vine puts down deep roots and can grow from a small bit of root or vine left in the soil.
I've spent three years trying to kill off a smaller vine. You can cut it to the ground and it won't die. You could dig it up and it would probably still return. Frankly, if by some stroke of luck it does die, consider yourself graced by the garden gods.

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