Spanish Flag - Mina lobata - Exotic Love Vine

Spanish Flag - Mina lobata - Exotic Love Vine
Spanish Flag - Mina lobata - Exotic Love Vine Spanish Flag - Mina lobata - Exotic Love Vine
Brand: Renee's Garden Seeds
Product Code: Mina lobata - Ipomea lobata
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(Ipomoea lobata)
This lush New World native has intricate fleur-de-lis shaped leaves that cascade on strong vigorous vines. From midsummer on, the showy foliage is covered with sprays of graceful tubular flowers that start as orange-red buds and open to shade from crimson to soft coral, lemon yellow and vanilla, all the shades appearing together on each arching blossom. Cover a fence, gate or trellis with this fine heirloom whose tropical beauty has graced gardens for over 100 years.    

ANNUAL VINE: Summer/fall bloom, Frost tender

TO START OUTDOORS: In late spring, once weather is warm and settled and nights stay above 50°F (10°C), plant seeds in a sunny spot in ordinary garden soil 6 inches apart and 1/2 inch deep. Firm soil over seeds.

TO START EARLY INDOORS: Sow indoors 5 to 6 weeks before last expected frost in individual pots of seed starting mix. Cover 1/2 inch deep and keep warm and moist. Provide a strong light source until seedlings are ready for outdoor planting. Transplant very carefully once nights stay above 50°F (10°C). Thin or transplant seedlings 10 to 12 inches apart. Do not disturb delicate roots.

GROWING NOTES: To speed germination, soak seeds for no longer than 8 hours in tepid water. Plant immediately after soaking. Erect well-anchored supports at least 8 feet tall at planting time; strong netting, a wood or wire fence or a sturdy trellis serve well to hold these vigorous climbers that bloom hard from midsummer.

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