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General Information

Plant Care Instructions By Julie Bawden-Davis

Generally evergreen vining plants that climb 20 to 30 feet by tendrils. Plants bloom during warm weather featuring eye-catching flowers, some of which are fragrant. Most varieties have fruit of varying quality when it comes to taste. The plants usually attract the gulf fritillary butterfly. Some species can become invasive.

Is Indoor Plant?

No

These month by month plant care tasks are for plants in the following zones :
Sunset Zones : 22, 23, 24
USDA Zones :
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Plant Care Instruction

  • Scroll down or click on any month for plant care instructions
    • January
    • February
    • March
    • April
    • May
    • June
    • July
    • August
    • September
    • October
    • November
    • December
    January
    1. Prune

    Prune as desired to shape, remove excess growth and redirect growth.
    2. Protect

    Protect vines when temperatures dip below freezing.
    3. Special requirements

    Caterpillars on vines are most likely that of butterflies, so avoid using pesticides around the plants.
    February
    1. Prune

    Prune as desired to shape, remove excess growth and redirect growth.
    2. Protect

    Protect vines when temperatures dip below freezing.
    3. Special requirements

    Caterpillars on vines are most likely that of butterflies, so avoid using pesticides around the plants.
    March
    1. Prune

    Prune as desired to shape, remove excess growth and redirect growth.
    2. Special requirements

    Caterpillars on vines are most likely that of butterflies, so avoid using pesticides around the plants.
    April
    1. Buy

    Buy when in bloom.
    2. Plant

    Plant when the weather and soil are warm.
    3. Fertilize

    Fertilize once at the beginning of the warm-season with an organic fertilizer designed for blooming plants.
    4. Water

    Water weekly in the absence of rainfall.
    5. Prune

    Lightly prune no more than 10 to 15 percent of the vine when desired to shape, remove excess growth and redirect growth.
    6. Mulch

    Apply a 1- to 2-inch layer of shredded bark around the base of the vine.
    7. Transplant

    Transplant when the weather and soil are warm.
    8. Special requirements

    Caterpillars on vines are most likely that of butterflies, so avoid using pesticides around the plants.
    May
    1. Buy

    Buy when in bloom.
    2. Plant

    Plant when the weather and soil are warm.
    3. Fertilize

    If you didn't fertilize last month, feed once this month with an organic fertilizer designed for blooming plants.
    4. Water

    Water weekly in the absence of rainfall.
    5. Prune

    Lightly prune no more than 10 to 15 percent of the vine when desired to shape, remove excess growth and redirect growth.
    6. Mulch

    If not applied last month, apply a 1- to 2-inch layer of shredded bark around the base of the vine.
    7. Transplant

    Transplant when the weather and soil are warm.
    8. Special requirements

    Caterpillars on vines are most likely that of butterflies, so avoid using pesticides around the plants.
    June
    1. Buy

    Buy when in bloom.
    2. Plant

    Plant when the weather and soil are warm.
    3. Water

    Water weekly.
    4. Prune

    Lightly prune no more than 10 to 15 percent of the vine when desired to shape, remove excess growth and redirect growth.
    5. Transplant

    Transplant when the weather and soil are warm.
    6. Special requirements

    Caterpillars on vines are most likely that of butterflies, so avoid using pesticides around the plants.
    July
    1. Buy

    Buy when in bloom.
    2. Plant

    Plant when the weather and soil are warm.
    3. Water

    Water weekly.
    4. Prune

    Lightly prune no more than 10 to 15 percent of the vine when desired to shape, remove excess growth and redirect growth.
    5. Transplant

    Transplant when the weather and soil are warm.
    6. Special requirements

    Caterpillars on vines are most likely that of butterflies, so avoid using pesticides around the plants.
    August
    1. Buy

    Buy when in bloom.
    2. Plant

    Plant when the weather and soil are warm.
    3. Water

    Water weekly.
    4. Prune

    Lightly prune no more than 10 to 15 percent of the vine when desired to shape, remove excess growth and redirect growth.
    5. Transplant

    Transplant when the weather and soil are warm.
    6. Special requirements

    Caterpillars on vines are most likely that of butterflies, so avoid using pesticides around the plants.
    September
    1. Plant

    Plant when the weather and soil are warm.
    2. Water

    Water weekly.
    3. Prune

    Lightly prune no more than 10 to 15 percent of the vine when desired to shape, remove excess growth and redirect growth.
    4. Transplant

    Transplant when the weather and soil are warm.
    5. Special requirements

    Caterpillars on vines are most likely that of butterflies, so avoid using pesticides around the plants.
    October
    1. Water

    Water every two weeks in the absence of rainfall.
    2. Prune

    Lightly prune no more than 10 to 15 percent of the vine when desired to shape, remove excess growth and redirect growth.
    3. Special requirements

    Caterpillars on vines are most likely that of butterflies, so avoid using pesticides around the plants.
    November
    1. Prune

    Lightly prune no more than 10 to 15 percent of the vine when desired to shape, remove excess growth and redirect growth.
    2. Special requirements

    Caterpillars on vines are most likely that of butterflies, so avoid using pesticides around the plants.
    December
    1. Prune

    Prune as desired to shape, remove excess growth and redirect growth.
    2. Protect

    Protect vines when temperatures dip below freezing.
    3. Special requirements

    Caterpillars on vines are most likely that of butterflies, so avoid using pesticides around the plants.
  • Buy

    When's the best time to buy this plant? When can you buy these from seed (if you can)? When is it usually available? What are things to look for when you're buying it? Or anything other tidbit of information you can share!

    April

    Buy when in bloom.

    May

    Buy when in bloom.

    June

    Buy when in bloom.

    July

    Buy when in bloom.

    August

    Buy when in bloom.

    Plant

    When's a good time to plant this plant or bulb? Any special planting instructions?

    April

    Plant when the weather and soil are warm.

    May

    Plant when the weather and soil are warm.

    June

    Plant when the weather and soil are warm.

    July

    Plant when the weather and soil are warm.

    August

    Plant when the weather and soil are warm.

    September

    Plant when the weather and soil are warm.

    Fertilize

    When should you fertilize this plant? Which kind of fertilizer do you recommend? Should you use different fertilizers at different times of year?

    April

    Fertilize once at the beginning of the warm-season with an organic fertilizer designed for blooming plants.

    May

    If you didn't fertilize last month, feed once this month with an organic fertilizer designed for blooming plants.

    Water

    Is there a time to reduce or increase watering? Any special requirements? Things to avoid during certain times of the year?

    April

    Water weekly in the absence of rainfall.

    May

    Water weekly in the absence of rainfall.

    June

    Water weekly.

    July

    Water weekly.

    August

    Water weekly.

    September

    Water weekly.

    October

    Water every two weeks in the absence of rainfall.

    Prune

    When's a good time to prune this plant? How about deadheading, pinching back, trimming or any other grooming? Any special requirements?

    January

    Prune as desired to shape, remove excess growth and redirect growth.

    February

    Prune as desired to shape, remove excess growth and redirect growth.

    March

    Prune as desired to shape, remove excess growth and redirect growth.

    April

    Lightly prune no more than 10 to 15 percent of the vine when desired to shape, remove excess growth and redirect growth.

    May

    Lightly prune no more than 10 to 15 percent of the vine when desired to shape, remove excess growth and redirect growth.

    June

    Lightly prune no more than 10 to 15 percent of the vine when desired to shape, remove excess growth and redirect growth.

    July

    Lightly prune no more than 10 to 15 percent of the vine when desired to shape, remove excess growth and redirect growth.

    August

    Lightly prune no more than 10 to 15 percent of the vine when desired to shape, remove excess growth and redirect growth.

    September

    Lightly prune no more than 10 to 15 percent of the vine when desired to shape, remove excess growth and redirect growth.

    October

    Lightly prune no more than 10 to 15 percent of the vine when desired to shape, remove excess growth and redirect growth.

    November

    Lightly prune no more than 10 to 15 percent of the vine when desired to shape, remove excess growth and redirect growth.

    December

    Prune as desired to shape, remove excess growth and redirect growth.

    Mulch

    Does this plant need to be mulched? Are there specific types of Mulch which are better for this plant? How much?

    April

    Apply a 1- to 2-inch layer of shredded bark around the base of the vine.

    May

    If not applied last month, apply a 1- to 2-inch layer of shredded bark around the base of the vine.

    Protect

    When and how should you protect this plant from birds, deer, rabbits? Does this plant need be covered, or wrapped or painted or moved?

    January

    Protect vines when temperatures dip below freezing.

    February

    Protect vines when temperatures dip below freezing.

    December

    Protect vines when temperatures dip below freezing.

    Pest/Disease Inspection

    What are the common problems this plant will face and when should you look for them to appear?

    January

    Caterpillars on vines are most likely that of butterflies, so avoid using pesticides.

    Transplant

    When's the best time to dig up and transplant this from one spot to another? (This is different than planting). Any special requirements?

    April

    Transplant when the weather and soil are warm.

    May

    Transplant when the weather and soil are warm.

    June

    Transplant when the weather and soil are warm.

    July

    Transplant when the weather and soil are warm.

    August

    Transplant when the weather and soil are warm.

    September

    Transplant when the weather and soil are warm.

    Special requirements

    Any other requirement for this plant? Is there anything that doesn't fit into the other care categories?

    January

    Caterpillars on vines are most likely that of butterflies, so avoid using pesticides around the plants.

    February

    Caterpillars on vines are most likely that of butterflies, so avoid using pesticides around the plants.

    March

    Caterpillars on vines are most likely that of butterflies, so avoid using pesticides around the plants.

    April

    Caterpillars on vines are most likely that of butterflies, so avoid using pesticides around the plants.

    May

    Caterpillars on vines are most likely that of butterflies, so avoid using pesticides around the plants.

    June

    Caterpillars on vines are most likely that of butterflies, so avoid using pesticides around the plants.

    July

    Caterpillars on vines are most likely that of butterflies, so avoid using pesticides around the plants.

    August

    Caterpillars on vines are most likely that of butterflies, so avoid using pesticides around the plants.

    September

    Caterpillars on vines are most likely that of butterflies, so avoid using pesticides around the plants.

    October

    Caterpillars on vines are most likely that of butterflies, so avoid using pesticides around the plants.

    November

    Caterpillars on vines are most likely that of butterflies, so avoid using pesticides around the plants.

    December

    Caterpillars on vines are most likely that of butterflies, so avoid using pesticides around the plants.

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