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Indian Clock Vine Plant Info – Learn How To Grow Indian Clock Vines

Indian Clock Vine Plant Info – Learn How To Grow Indian Clock Vines


By: Mary Ellen Ellis

The Indian clock vine plant is native to India, specificallyareas of tropical mountain ranges. This means it isn’t easy to grow in climatesthat are too cold or dry, but it does make a lovely, flowering evergreen vinein warm, tropical areas.

Indian Clock Vine Plant Info

Indian clock vine, Thunbergia mysorensis, is aflowering evergreen vine found in India. If you have the right conditions togrow it, this vine is a stunner. It can grow up to 20 feet (6 m.) long andproduces flower clusters up to 3 feet (1 m.) long. The flowers are red andyellow and attract hummingbirdsas well as other pollinators.

The Indian clock vine needs something sturdy to climb andlooks especially nice growing on a pergolaor arbor.If set to grow so the flowers hang down, you will have visually stunningpendants of bright flowers.

Since it’s native to southern forests of India, this is nota plant for colder climates. In the U.S., it does well in zones10 and 11, which means you can easily grow it outdoors in southern Floridaand Hawaii. Indian clock vine can tolerate some colder temperatures for shortperiods but in cold climates, growing it indoors in a container is a morelikely option and possible to do.

How to Grow Indian Clock Vines

With the right climate, Indian clock vine care is simple. Itneeds only average soil that drains well, regular watering, a spot that issunny to partially shady, and something to climb. Higher humidityis ideal, so if growing indoors, use a humidity tray or spritz your vineregularly.

You can prune Indian clock vine after it has bloomed.Outdoors, pruning can be done to simply keep shape or control the size asneeded. Indoors, this fast-growing vine can quickly get out of control, sopruning is more important.

The most common pest of Indian clock is the spidermite. Look for them on the undersides of leaves, although you may need amagnifying glass to spot these pests. Neemoil is an effective treatment.

Indian clock vine propagation can be done by seed orcuttings. To take cuttings, remove sections of stem that are about 4 inches (10cm.) long. Take the cuttings in spring or early summer. Use a rootinghormone and place the cuttings in soil mixed with compost. Keep thecuttings warm.

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Money Plant

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Star Jasmine (बेला)

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Butterfly Pea

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Flame Vine

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Garlic Vine

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Allamanda Vine

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Purple Passionflower (कृष्ण कमल)


Cardinal Climber (Ipomoea sloteri)

If you'd like to attract hummingbirds to your garden, planting a cardinal climber vine is a good start. The trumpet-shaped flowers are full of nectar and are a brilliant red, which hummingbirds like. Cardinal climber vines can reach 6 to 12 feet long. And their feathery, light leaves filter the view, allowing you to look through the vine but also providing some privacy.

The plants do not like being moved, so sowing directly into the garden is your best option. The hard seeds will germinate better if scarified (nicked or rubbed with sandpaper) before planting. Note that the seeds are poisonous if ingested. Moreover, the plants are generally low-maintenance, as long as you maintain evenly moist soil through watering and rainfall.

  • Color Varieties: Red
  • Sun Exposure: Full sun to part shade
  • Soil Needs: Rich, moist, well-draining


Watch the video: How to grow Bengal Trumpet Vine