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Snail Tree

Vigna caracalla, Phaseolus caracalla

Hardy Perennial

This evergreen twining climber is a close relative to the runner bean. Grown for its pendants of twisted flowers, like coiled snail shells, up to 5cm (2") across. The fascinating summer flowers are followed by cylindrical green fruits in late autumn. Requiring a minimum temperature of 15°C (59°F), Vigna is best grown in a heated greenhouse or conservatory. Alternatively, grow in patio containers that can be moved indoors for the winter. Height: 6m (20'). Spread: 2m (6'). Supplied in 9cm pots.

Ideal For:
conservatory, greenhouse, patio, walls and fences
Flowering Period:
July, August, September, October
sun or semi shade
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Grow the snail flower plant in a warm conservatory, heated greenhouse, or patio container. Plant in containers of loam based compost such as John Innes No.2. Provide the twining stems with an appropriate support, such as a climbing frame, trellis or horizontal wires attached to walls. Alternatively grow snail flowers outdoors as an annual. Plant in sunny, well drained borders, against a sheltered fence or wall.
Feed and water regularly throughout the growing season. Position container grown plants on a sunny patio from May to October. Return them to a bright warm greenhouse for the winter at a minimum temperature of 15°C (59°F). Prune lightly after flowering to contain the plant within its allocated space.
We will do our best to ship your plants or bulbs to you at the ideal time for planting as stated against each product. We recommend that you prepare your soil, planting beds or patio containers ahead of time so you are ready to plant out, or pot on, just as soon as your order arrives. You will find the name of the variety printed on the top line of the address label on your package. Please ensure that you open the packaging immediately and carefully read through the instruction leaflet provided. For greatest success, please pot on or plant out as soon as possible, following the cultural instructions enclosed with your order.
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