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Asked by
nica02 on
June 8, 2013

Q. Different Leaves

My daughter and I both sent for hummingbird plants that we saw advertised on the internet. It was a special of some kind that if you bought 2 you got 2 free. All plants arrived in good shape and I put them all in water. They have now sprouted leaves but none of them look like the hummingbird plants we see planted around here. Most have foliage that look wispy and fern like. Our plants have leaves that look a lot like Rose of Sharon. We now have all these plants and are not sure what to do with them. I have been reading anything I can find on the internet, but I am still not sure of what plants we really have. How many different kinds are there? I have not been able to find out. Thanks for your help. Patricia

Answered by
AnnsGreeneHaus on
June 8, 2013
A.

Seems like a good question to ask the seller. The only 2 vining plants that are commonly called hummingbird vine is the one you describe, and Campsis or "trumpet creeper". Campsis, unfortunately, doesn't have leaves like alcea. Hope you can find out.

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Asked by
John.macdiarmid50 on
July 30, 2018
Godmanchester

Q. Campsis cuttings

Hi, I have Campsis flourishing in my garden and would like to propagate plant cuttings, should I take softwood or hardwood cuttings your instructions do not say which cutting is preferable.

Answered by
BushDoctor on
July 30, 2018
Certified Expert
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It is always faster to take softwood cuttings, but in this case it won't matter. This plant is highly invasive in most areas. They will root with no hormone most of the time, although hormone will increase success rate while decreasing chance of infection. Take a full fine cutting of about 6 inches to a foot, or roughly 1/3 of a meter or less.

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Asked by
Anonymous on
September 19, 2018

Q. campsis

I can not get mine to bloom.

Answered by
MichiganDot on
September 19, 2018
A.

P.s. Don't fertilize trumpet vine. That will encourage leafy growth instead of blooms.

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Answered by
MichiganDot on
September 19, 2018
A.

It needs some direct sunlight to bloom. It will have leafy growth in shade. If it is an old plant, try cutting half the stems to the ground this fall or winter. That may re-invigorate it. More tips are here: https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/ornamental/vines/trumpet-vine/pruning-trumpet-vines.htm

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Asked by
jennettbono on
February 5, 2019
Imperial beach zone 10

Q. Do you know what this plant is?

We just moved into this house and i want to take up gardening. I really like the way these look and was thinking of putting a trellis up. It’s grown quite a bit after we had a lot of rain lately.

Answered by
BushDoctor on
February 5, 2019
Certified Expert
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It would not be wise to let that grow. That is Campsis radicans. This is a very invasive plant that will completely destroy foundation, sensitive plants and trees, and completely engulf structures. They also attract thousands of ants.

I would recommend getting rid of it manually, and then pouring boiling water over the area for a week. Make sure to kill any instances that crop up further away too, since the roots will send up new shoots far from the original stump.

I'm sorry that you have been plagued by this plant, and I hope that you can get rid of it before it destroys everything. This plant will laugh off harsh chemicals as if it were being watered, so get ready for a battle. Boiling water will kill just about anything with enough persistence.

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