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Growing Vines from Seed


May 7, 2022

We often hear of gardeners and their vegetable seeds, but we don’t often hear about vines from seed. There are many summer annual vines that are easy to grow from seed and can make a nice vertical accent in the garden. Where there are limited space issues, many vines can also be easily adapted to growing in a container on a deck or patio, they would just need some support such as a trellis.

Jasmine on Arbor

Dura Cotta Planter 20 inch

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Whether in a pot or in the ground, all the vines mentioned here need some support to grow on.

Window Greenhouse Seed Starter with Clear Dome

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Bloem Lucca 14" Self Watering Resin Planter

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There is a vast assortment of summer vines to choose from and all that I mention are easy to grow.

Black Gold Seedling Mix With Resilience 1.5 cu. ft.

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I think that it is easier to start seeds indoors and then set them outside after they have shown some signs of growth. Start with a seedling mix, Black Gold Seedling Mix is an example, have a supply of small pots, and some kind of tray for the water to accumulate in when you water the pots.

Jiffy Peat Pot, 5-In., 6-Pk.

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A sunny windowsill is ideal. I usually plant 2-3 seeds per pot because there will always be some that don’t germinate. Plant seeds according to the instructions on the seed packet and immediately after planting, water enough so that it runs out the bottom of the pot. I recently checked the Wilco store in Lake Oswego, and they had seeds for all of the vines that I mention. The Livingston seed rack had the best vine selection.

Nasturtium

Starting with one of the easiest to grow and one of the best vines to grow from seed and getting children involved is the nasturtium. Be sure to select one of the tall trailing varieties The nasturtium seed is a perfect introduction to children, the seeds are large and easy to handle, they germinate quickly, and the plants bloom when young. Plus, the kids, and adults too, can eat the stems, flowers, and leaves.

Pea Trellis 4ft Tall x 18in wide

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Sweet Peas are an old-fashioned flower that have never gone out of favor. They are easy to grow, offer a wide range of colors with flowers that have a very pleasing fragrance.

Sweet Pea

Sweet peas have a hard coat on the outside of the seed and soaking the seeds in a bowl of water overnight before planting will speed germination. The seeds that float are probably not viable, plant the seeds that sink to the bottom of the bowl.

Another old-fashioned flower that continues to be popular in gardens is the Morning Glory. I do the same thing with these seeds as I mentioned above with sweet peas. Soak the seeds overnight in a bowl of water.

Morning Glory

The ‘Heavenly Blue’ morning glory has always been my favorite because it is such a vivid blue. However, there are many new flower colors and combinations on the market.

Many of us are familiar with Black-Eye Susan, (Thunbergia) because we often see it growing in hanging basket, but it also makes a good stand-alone vine It is fast growing and blooms all summer and into the fall.

Black Eyed Susan

Initially the flower color was orange with a black eye, but many new selections have become available, and flowers can be cream, red, orange, and white.

Cup and Saucer Vine, sometimes called Cathedral Bells, (Cobaea scandens), has spectacular flowers that look like a cup of petals sitting in a large green saucer like calyx.

cathedral bells vine

This is a very vigorous vine and needs strong support, A drawback is the plants do not often bloom until the end of the summer. However when the flowers do appear, they are spectacular.

The Purple Hyacinth Vine is a fast and easy vine to grow. The flowers are violet clusters on purple stems that are followed by deep blue to purple pods. An outstanding color to see in the garden,

hyacinth bean

All these vines need some support to grow on.

Heavy Duty Sturdy Metal Plant Stakes, 5 ft.

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It need not be elaborate because in most instances, the vine will soon cover the support. Have some extra fun this summer and try a new vine that you have not grown or perhaps an old favorite that is time to grow again,

Rapiclip Tomato Twine, 2 ply jute, 800 ft.

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Natural Jute Garden Twine 432 ft.

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Enjoy your garden!


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