Cypress Vine

August 27, 2008 | By | Comments (4)

Q: Hi: Just read the article in September issue about cypress vine. These are my questions:
I live in Nashville. Can I purchase the plant in this area or do I have to order seeds from the sites you provided?
What type of exposure does the vine need; I have a lot of shade/part shade in my yard.
Any other pearls would be helpful.
Thanks for your advice in advance.

A: Hi Karen,
I’ve never seen cypress vine sold in a garden center or as a plant through the mail. However, it’s extremely easy to start from seed (and because it reseeds readily, once you have it, you’ll have it forever). Your best bet at this point is to either order seeds through the mail or buy seeds at the garden center next spring. It’s too late in the year to sow them now and get anything, however, so sow them next spring after the last frost. Seedlings will grow very quickly and bloom all through summer, before dying with the frost.

Cypress vine likes full sun and good drainage. It won’t bloom well in full shade. Soak the seeds in water overnight before planting.

Sorry, but given our current economic downturn, the Grump can’t afford pearls. How about a string of brightly colored jelly beans?

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  1. Grumpy Gardener (His Benevolence)

    I’ve never done that and I think it would be hard, because the stem is so thin. But you can always try. Take a cutting in mid-June, dip the cut end in rooting powder, and stick the cutting into moist soil. Keep the soil moist and see what happens.

    May 26, 2010 at 8:33 am
  2. Tanya

    can you start a cypress vine by clipping off a start from another plant?

    May 24, 2010 at 8:26 am
  3. Barbara

    This “old fashioned” vine is a great reseeder. As the blooms fade you can gather the numerous seed as flowers dry daily for many friends. It makes a great sun
    shelter by growing up string trellis or fort for kids.
    The fine feathery texture is so fun. You can find seed for red or white cypress vine on ebay, cheap. Check local farmers markets.I saw some at Home Depot also. I have it growing in hot Dallas sun and shady areas.

    September 9, 2008 at 11:57 am
  4. Jean

    I cobbled together a wattle trellis for a cypress vine in dappled shade. From volunteer sprouts to blossoms took four weeks.

    September 3, 2008 at 6:35 pm

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