Grow Tropaeolum speciosum against a sheltered wall in sun or semi shade. Plant in non-alkaline, fertile, moist soil with the roots shaded from the heat of the sun in summer. Prior to planting, add plenty of well rotted manure or garden compost to the soil. Be sure to provide the twining stems with an appropriate support, such as trellis or wires attached to the wall and fences. Alternatively grow Flame Creeper plants in a conservatory or greenhouse, or in patio containers in loam based compost such as John Innes No.2.
Feed and water regularly until fully established. In autumn when the stems yellow and die back, remove old foliage and apply a mulch of well rotted manure or compost to the base of the plant for winter protection. Container grown plants can be moved into a cool bright greenhouse for the winter in particularly cold areas.
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.
By DAN KELLY 19-06-2012
THIS IS A BEAUTIFUL , BUT VERY DIFFICULT PLANT TO GROW. I CANT BELIEVE ITS DESCRIBED AS FROST HARDY, MORE LAUREL AND HARDY! IT HATES FROST/SNOW, IN FACT SOME OF MINE DISAPPEARED AFTER THE BAD WINTERS. I GROW IT FROM PIECES OF ITS WHITE ROOT. ANY TIPS ABOUR GROWING FROM ITS PURPLE SEEDS?
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