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7 flowering climbing plants

Perhaps it has ever happened to you that you have gone to a nursery and you have not been able to avoid passing through the corner of the climbing bushes. And the thing is, there are so many that produce beautiful flowers…! If you want to know the most popular ones in depth, let’s do it.

Selection of flowering climbing plants

Bougainvillea

Bougainvilleas are perennial or deciduous plants (depending on the climate) that belong to the genus Bougainvillea, which is native to the tropical forests of South America, but which today is cultivated in all temperate-warm regions of the world. And, although they can reach heights of up to 12 meters, they tolerate pruning very well. In addition, they produce a large number of flowers from spring to fall.

They resist cold, but frost hurts them. They are only grown outside all year long if the temperature does not drop below -4ºC. They can be in the sun or in semi-shade.

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Clematis

The clematis or Clematis is a genus of vigorous and very fast growing climbing plants that have evergreen leaves. They are native to the temperate and warm regions of the northern hemisphere, and produce their white, red, bluish or purple flowers depending on the species in spring-summer.

They resist frosts between -3ºC and -12ºC, and must be planted in areas where their stems are in semi-shade and their leaves and flowers are in the sun. If you don’t have any place like that, tell you that they also live well in semi-shade .

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Fake jasmine

Its scientific name is Trachelospermum jasminoides, and it is known as helix jasmine, milk jasmine, star jasmine or false jasmine. It reaches a height of 7 meters, and is evergreen. It produces aromatic white flowers in spring.

It resists frosts down to -15ºC, and it is a plant that likes the sun.

Related article:Star jasmine (Trachelospermum jasminoides)

Wisteria

Wisteria, known as the feather flower or wisteria, is a shrubby climbing plant with deciduous leaves that produces dense lilac, blue or white inflorescences in spring. It can reach 20 meters in height if it has a support to climb on, and besides it has a very vigorous growth, so it is important to plant it near walls, walls,… well, in places that are very firm.

It resists frosts down to -18ºC, and it should be put better in semi-shade than in full sun.

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Climbing hydrangea

Image – A. Barra

Its scientific name is Hydrangea petiolaris and it is a deciduous climbing shrub native to the forests of Japan, Korea and the island of Sakhalin, in the eastern tip of Siberia. It can reach a height of 15 meters, and produces flowers in white corymbs in spring.

It is a plant to have temperate places, with frosts down to -18ºC. Place it near sturdy walls or fences.

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Jasmine

Jasminum fruticans// Image – Wikimedia/ Isidre Blanc

Jasmine is a vine native to the tropical and subtropical regions of Africa, Asia and Europe, much loved for its small size (it does not usually exceed 5-6 meters in height), and for the amount of white or yellow aromatic flowers depending on the species that produces in spring.

He likes mild climates, with weak frosts down to -3ºC, as well as bright places but protected from direct sun.

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Passiflora

The Passiflora, known as passion flower, or passionflower, are vines native to tropical America mainly, also living in Asia, Australia and Oceania. They grow rapidly, reaching 6-8 meters in height, depending on the species, and produce spectacular pink, purple, reddish or whitish flowers in spring.

They do not resist frost, with the exception of Passiflora caerulea, which does endure up to -4ºC. Put them in semi-shade, since the sun burns them.

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Climbing rose

Climbing roses are plants that, apart from having thorns with which to go with a little care , produce very beautiful flowers and a delicious aroma from spring to almost autumn. The most interesting thing is that they grow fast, they tolerate pruning well (in fact, you should prune them every year so that they flourish with health). They reach a height of about 5-7 meters, and are native to Asia, but there are also some species native to Europe, North America, and northwestern Africa.

They resist frosts down to -12ºC without difficulty, although they are somewhat demanding in terms of location: in order to flourish, they need direct light.

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How are climbing plants cared for?

Having a climbing plant can be a very beautiful experience, but only if it is properly cared for. Therefore, so that problems do not arise, we recommend that you take care of them as follows:

Location

It will depend a lot on the species. Some, such as honeysuckle, bignonia or clematis, prefer sun, but there are others that prefer semi-shade, such as passiflora. So that there is no room for doubt, just look at where they are in a nursery, or ask us .

Earth

Hardenbergia comptoniana// Image – Wikimedia/ Hesperian

Again, it depends:

  • Pot: use fertile substrates, with good drainage. A good mix would be universal growing medium (on sale here ) mixed with perlite (on sale here ) in equal parts. In the case of wisteria and other acidophilic plants, use better coconut fiber or a specific substrate for them.
  • Garden: the land must be fertile, well drained. If they are acidic plants, the pH must be between 4 and 6.

Irrigation

Moderate, 3-4 times a week in summer, and somewhat less the rest of the year. If possible, use rainwater or lime-free water, especially in the case that the vines are acidophilic, such as wisteria.

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From the beginning of spring to the end of summer, they must be paid with organic fertilizers, using liquids if they are potted. A highly recommended fertilizer is guano, due to its high nutrient content and its rapid effectiveness. But there are others, such as seaweed compost (on sale here ), or homemade ones such as egg and banana peels for example.

Pruning

In general, they are pruned either at the end of winter, or after flowering. You have to remove dry, diseased, weak branches and those that are broken, and shorten those that are growing too much.

Planting or transplanting time

In spring, when the weather begins to improve and the minimum temperature is above 10ºC.

If you have them in a pot, move them to a larger one every two years.

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Enjoy your vines with flower!

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