Eccremocarpus scaber 'Tresco Mix' / Chilean Glory Vine / Climber / Seeds

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Eccremocarpus scaber 'Tresco Mix' / Chilean Glory Vine / Climber / Seeds

The Chilean Glory Vine is a free flowering climber with clusters of tubular flowers over a very long season in summer, from May to December.  The ‘Tresco Mix’ variety has a range of flowers in hot shades of orange, yellow and red, and climbs 2-4m high and about 1.5m across.

Chilean Glory Vines grow best in a sunny to part shaded position, sheltered from strong winds, in fertile, moist and well drained soils. In the UK this evergreen plant will most likely die back to the ground in the winter and in warmer gardens will start growing again in spring, especially in well drained soils.  The tubers can be grown in containers and moved into a greenhouse in winter, where they may retain their leaves.  Provide support for these plants to climb up, such as a trellis or nearby shrub.

Pack of approx 250 seeds.  Sow the seeds in winter and spring indoors if growing as an annual for first year flowering.  Sow into early autumn for next year flowering. Germination takes 2-3 months and is erratic, so sow more than you need.  Sowing instructions and a colour photo are printed on the packet.    

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Hardiness Half-hardy perennial climber, often grown as an annual in the UK (RHS Hardiness H3)
Flowers May to December
Height 2 - 4m
Spread 1 - 5m
Conditions  Sun to part shade and moist fertile well drained soils, protected from frosts
Sow Sow the seeds in winter and early spring for first year flowering.  Sow into autumn for next year flowering.  Sow the seeds into a tray of well drained moist compost.  Cover lightly with compost.  Keep at 15-20°C and seeds germinate erratically in 2-3 months, sometimes longer.  Prick out seedlings into pots and out into the garden after the last frost.   Keep summer and autumn sowings in a greenhouse over winter before planting out in spring.  
Grow Grow in a sunny sheltered situation.  Tie in shoots to a support as they grow and climb.  Tidy up plants in the spring, cutting back all dead material.  Plants will re-sprout in spring in warmer gardens, or you can start again with seeds.