A vigorous and radiant heirloom flowering vine. Grown in our climate as an annual, Mina lobata easily climbs over 10 feet, covered with red-tinged, three-lobed leaves which look like upside-down fleur-de-lis. Unusual and colorful blooms are festooned in linear clusters of six or more on arching stems, and change color as they enlarge and open from crimson red to yellowy-orange to creamy yellow. Grow in a sunny but sheltered spot, providing good support, with rich, light, moist soil.
Germination: 7-30 days
Germination Temperature: Optimum soil temperatures 70-80ºF, soaking seeds overnight aid the germination
Seed Planting Depth: Sow ¼” deep
Starting Indoors: Start indoors 3-5 weeks before the last frost. Provide 70-80ºF soil temperatures until germination. Transplant 8-12” apart after the last frost.
Sowing Outdoors: Direct sow outdoors after the last frost. Sow a few seeds every 8-12”, thin to the strongest seedling
Growth Habit: Climbing vine
Height and Width: 10-12’ x 12”
Spacing: 8-12” apart
Light Needs: Full sun
Soil Needs: Average to rich, moist, well-drained
Approximate days to flower from seed: Blooms in 90-100 days
Uses: Fences, walls, trellises, and arbors, containers and planters, backdrop plant, attracts bees, butterflies, and hummingbirds
Care: Water seedlings regularly until established. Amend the soil with compost before transplanting. Mulching helps retain moisture. Over-fertilizing with nitrogen can result in low to no flowers.