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Cathedral Bells

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Heirloom Flowering Vines

Cathedral Bells

(Cobaea scandens)
This beautiful climber is also called “Cup and Saucer Vine” because the blossoms look for all the wor...
(Cobaea scandens)
This beautiful climber is also called “Cup and Saucer Vine” because the blossoms look for all the world like slender teacups sitting on dainty saucer-like green calyxes. The spectacular 2-inch bells with softly curving rims turn from creamy pale green to a striking rose-violet. Beginning midsummer, this vigorous flowering vine blooms for weeks when most other vines are on the wane. The beautiful blossoms are beacons for hummingbirds. This old-fashioned favorite was cherished by Victorian gardeners.
Seed Count: 20 - 25 / Weight: 1.25 gms
#5322
#5322
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TENDER PERENNIAL VINE

Summer/fall bloom
Usually grown as annual

FOR BEST RESULTS

Sow seed indoors in a warm place 6 to 8 weeks before night temperatures are reliably in the 50°F (10°C) range. Plant 2 seeds per individual 4 inch pot of seed starting mix. Maintain at 70-80°F (21-27°C). Keep moist but not soggy. Germination takes 10 to 21 days. Thin to strongest seedling per pot. Provide a strong light source until ready to go outside. When weather has warmed evenly, acclimate to outdoor conditions and carefully transplant 1 foot apart and 3 inches from supports.

TO START OUTDOORS

Seed can be sown outdoors once nights are reliably above 50° but only in areas with a long warm season. Plant in full sun 4 to 6 inches apart, ½ inch deep and 3 inches from supports. Firm soil well over seeds. When seedlings are well established, thin to stand 1 foot apart, so these vigorous vines have ample room to grow.

GROWING NOTES

Cathedral Bells need full sun and moist, well-drained soil. They bloom mid to late summer. Provide climbing vines with well-anchored supports at least 10 feet tall; use a sturdy trellis or arbor, or a wood or wire fence. Stems cling by branched tendrils that grow on the end of each leaf stalk.

Cold Winters

Mild Winters

Sun/Shade

Space Seeds

Days to Germinate

Mature Height

May - June
April - May
Full sun
6 inches apart
1/2 inch deep
15 - 21 days
10 - 20 feet

Cold Winters

Mild Winters

Sun/Shade

Space Seeds

Days to Germinate

Mature Height

May - June
April - May
Full sun
6 inches apart
1/2 inch deep
15 - 21 days
10 - 20 feet

Cold Winters

May - June

Mild Winters

April - May

Sun/Shade

Full sun

Space Seeds

6 inches apart
1/2 inch deep

Days to Germinate

15 - 21 days

Mature Height

10 - 20 feet

Photos From Our Trial Garden

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