How to Train a Trumpet Vine

by Kay Baxter

Trumpet vines are an "aerial" rooting vine plant and are known for their magnificent red and orange summertime blooms. While trumpet vines are relatively easy to train to climb, the trick is to keep trumpet vines properly pruned so they do not overtake surrounding structures. This is especially true if your trumpet vine is planted closely to your neighbor's property. A trumpet vine can easily grow out of control and creep onto your neighbor's property -- who may not be as delighted as you are to have a trumpet vine.

Items you will need

  • Trellis
  • Twist ties
  • Ladder
  • Pruning shears
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Step 1

Place a trellis behind your trumpet vine when the first growth appears in the spring. The trellis should be placed very closely to the back of the vine.

Step 2

Lay the first of the taller trumpet vine growths onto the trellis.

Step 3

Attach the taller trumpet vines to the trellis using twist ties once they grow tall enough to attach. Do not twist the ties too tightly.

Step 4

Train the vine to follow the trellis by continuing to attach vines with twist ties in the pattern you desire.

Step 5

Prune or cut back the the top of the trumpet vine vigorously once it has reached your desired height.

Tips & Warnings

  • Cut back your trumpet vine to the ground in fall or early spring before new growth appears.
  • Remove old blooms as they fade; this will encourage your trumpet vine to produce more blooms.
  • Never let a trumpet vine grow taller than your ladder. (ref 1)

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