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How can you use a trumpet vine to attract hummingbirds?

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Trumpet vines are a hummingbird favorite and can be used in a landscape location that receives full sun to partial shade. The plant will bloom more profusely when located in an area that receives full sun.

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Trumpet vines are vigorous climbing plants that should not be planted close to a house or building as their growth can cause damage to shingles and building foundations. A trellis or fence is an ideal way to train the growth of the vine, while providing support. Trumpet vine should not be planted close to trees, as they can overtake and strangle them.

Hummingbirds are drawn to the red, yellow or orange blossoms produced by trumpet vines. The long trumpet-shaped flowers that can grow up to 3 inches long are also perfect for a hummingbird’s beak.

Some professional gardeners recommend planting trumpet vines in large containers such as a 5-gallon bucket. This keeps the root system under control and prevents the plant from producing underground runners that can be invasive. It also a good way to grow trumpet vines on a patio or deck area and attract hummingbirds in areas where they are in full view and close proximity.

Trumpet vines take about three to four years to reach maturity and produce plentiful flowers from June to September. The vine should be pruned and fed twice a year, in the spring and fall, when it begins to sprout.

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