How to Prepare a Trumpet Vine for Winter

by Melissa Lewis
Trumpet vines bloom trumpet-shaped flowers during the summer.

Trumpet vines bloom trumpet-shaped flowers during the summer.

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Trumpet vines are aggressive climbers that can grow upward of 50 feet if given adequate support and care. Their trumpet-shaped flowers bloom during the summer months with the most common varieties blooming orange flowers, although other cultivars produce yellow and red ones. Trumpet vines are quite hardy and easy to maintain, so they need little care to prepare them for winter.

Items you will need

  • Garden hose
  • Rake
  • Mulch
Step 1

Water the trumpet vine one last time in the fall before the winter freeze. Water it well with 1 inch of water. Do so midday when both the air and soil temperatures are still above 40 degrees Fahrenheit.

Step 2

Remove any of the debris under the trumpet vine. Rake up dropped flowers, leaves and anything else. Otherwise, it may be a haven for winter creatures, such as slugs and rodents.

Step 3

Apply 3 to 4 inches of mulch in U.S. Department of Agriculture zone 4 in areas where snow coverage, which insulates the soil, is not reliable. Zone 4 is the coolest zone where trumpet vines are hardy, so if you experience an unusually cold winter, mulch will help keep the soil warm.

About the Author

I love writing and write children's stories on the side, but have yet to be published. Before staying at home with my children, I was a media specialist for five years in which one of my duties was to assist students and teachers in researching information and then evaluating the reliability of the source. I am also a radio script writer for the non-profit organization, Christian Walk Alive, and write four episodes a year. In addition, I edit the episodes of the other writers. I am a homeschool mom to four wonderful children.

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