Podranea Ricosa (Pink Trumpet) Plant And Its Care
The pink trumpet vine is one of the most popular plants in gardens and it grows well in almost any climate. It’s easy to grow and produces large bunches of flowers during its lifetime.
However, it does not produce fruit or seeds so you cannot eat them either. They are used mainly for their ornamental value and they do not have much medicinal value at all.
You may wonder why the name “trumpet” comes from it?
Well, it is because of its trumpet shaped leaves which resemble a trumpet. You will notice that these vines are very hardy and survive in many different climates. They prefer moist soil with some organic matter around them. If you want to grow them indoors, make sure your room is well ventilated and keep the temperature between 60°F and 70°F.
How To Grow Pink Trumpets In Your Garden
There are several ways to grow pink trumpets in your garden. Some of them include:
Growing them outdoors in pots or containers. They need lots of light and water, but they don’t like direct sunlight.
They thrive best when grown outside where there is plenty of sun and moisture.
Planting them directly into the ground. These vines love sandy soils and enjoy a little bit of rainwater too.
Given the right conditions and ideal location, they can grow up to 10 feet per year. Depending on where you live, this can be a bad or good thing!
You can choose to trim them when they get too long to suit your fancy.
If you want to keep your pink trumpets healthy and happy, make sure you provide them with adequate sunlight, water and temperature. Make sure they have at least 6 hours of direct sunlight or more if you live in a hotter climate.
Water them every 2 to 3 days and keep the soil damp but not soaked.
These vines can tolerate temperatures between 40F and 100F but they prefer temperatures between 50F and 90F. If grown outdoors, they can be planted any time during the year but make sure you plant them during the spring or summer.
If you want to grow these vines inside your house or in a greenhouse, make sure the temperature is between 60F and 75F. You can place them outdoors during the summer and then bring them back inside if the temperature falls below 50F.
These plants are known to grow very quickly which is why it’s important to trim them every once in a while. You can trim their stems back by one third or even half of its size if it gets out of control.
Caring For Pink Trumpet Vines
If grown outdoors, they require very little care and maintenance but if you want to keep them looking their best, follow these steps:
Trim the vines back by one third after it grows about 8 feet. You can also trim it down to 12 inches above the soil to maintain a shorter height.
New leaves will grow from the stem tips so pruning them back will not do any harm.
Make sure you keep the soil moist at all times but not soggy. Water about once a week during the hot summer months and keep them drier during the cooler months.
Thin out any weak or dead canes each year to help promote new growth.
These vines are not bothered by many pests but they are prone to scale, a small brownish insect that attaches itself to the stems and leaves. To treat this, use a mixture of one part washing soda to one part water and spray it on the affected areas.
You can also grow these vines indoors all year round. The best location is an east or a glass door which gets lots of sunlight.
Northern facing windows also work well.
You will need to water them every couple of days and fertilize them once a month during the growing season.
Repotting should only be done every 2 years or when the vine outgrows its container. Move it into a container that is 1 or 2 inches larger than its current pot.
Make sure you use a well-draining soil and trim off any dead roots.
Propagating Pink Trumpets
You can easily start your own vines by removing a leaf and putting it in some moist soil. It should start growing roots within a couple of weeks.
You can also take cuttings from tip of the vine which can then be rooted in some wet soil. Do this during the spring and summer when the vine is actively growing.
If you want to speed up the process, you can also place the tip of the vine into a glass of water and add a few drops of general fertilizer. The roots should start forming in 2 to 3 weeks.
Afterwards, you can then plant it in some soil.
There are very few problems that plague these vines if you take good care of them. They are susceptible to lots of sunlight which means they do not do well indoors or in a shady location.
They can withstand colder temperatures but really need the heat to grow properly.
Caterpillars can sometimes be a problem as well. If this is the case, you can pick them off and dispose of them.
Pink trumpet vines are perfect for covering ugly fences or lattices. They can also be trained on an arbor or trellis for additional interest.
Their big flowers are also a nice addition to any flower arrangement.
Make sure you plant them where they will get lots of sunlight so they can thrive and produce lots of flowers for you to enjoy.