How to grow Ipomoea lobata

Ipomoea lobata growing herbaceous vine of the genus Ipomoea also known as Fire cracker vine, Spanish flag or Mina lobata, Ipomoea lobata can grow as evergreen perennial or annual plant also used as ornamental plant and hedge plant, can grow in tropics, mediterranean, desert, subtropics, temperate climate and growing in hardiness zone 10b+ as perennial 6+ as annual and can grow with the right overwinter care in hardiness zone 10a.

Leaves color green in lobate shape.

Ipomoea lobata flower

Flower color red, orange, yellow flowers in cone shape (like little peppers)

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How to grow Ipomoea lobata – growing and care:

Well-drained soil, rich soil, trellising

How to care:
Put fertilizer once a year in the spring before the blooming season,

What is the best way to start growing?
Plant / Seeds / Vegetative Reproduction

Is it necessary to graft or use vegetative reproduction?
No, but easier to do

Difficulties or problems when growing:
Aggressive, invasive

Planting season Mina lobata:
Spring (as annual), as perennial spring in hardiness zone 10a, spring to summer in hardiness zone 10b, spring to autumn in hardiness zone 11, all year in hardiness zone 12+

How to plant:
Planting in well ventilated soil, dig bigger hole than the plant and put organic matter, humus and dead leaves

Pests and diseases:
Weevil, moth, whitefly, aphids

Pruning season:
All year

How to prune:
Just for design

Size of the plant:
3-7 m, 10-21 feet

Growth speed in optimal condition:
Fast growing

Water requirement:
Average amount of water

Light conditions in optimal condition for growing:
Full Sun / Half Shade

Is it possible to grow as houseplant?
No

Growing is also possible in a pot / planter /flowerpot / containers:
Yes, planting in containers need to be at least 20L (5 gallons), well-drained soil, the plant not react well to overwater, need to make enough holes in the container for good drainage also choosing soil for container important and need to be soil well ventilated, can be potting mix or peat soil with perlite, when use bottom for the pot need that it will dry in the same day.

Blooming information

Bloom season:
Spring / Summer / Autumn

General information about the flower
Red, orange, yellow flowers in cone shape (like little peppers)

How to grow Ipomoea lobata from seeds

Sowing requirement:
Not require special condition, also possible just to threw some seeds and it will grow, better in moist soil

Saving seeds and care until sowing:
Cool and dry location

Sowing season:
End of the winter (after the last frost, start of the spring) in hardiness zone 11+ possible all the year.

How to plant:
Plant in well ventilate soil, better to choose vermiculate with peat soil

Planting spacing:
30*40cm (12-16 inches)

Depth of Sowing:
1-2cm (0.5-1 inch)

Conditions for seeds germinate:
Full sun, 25-29C (77-84F), moist soil

Watering requires for Seeds:
Average amount of water, the soil should be moist and don’t let the seeds dry

Germination time:
2-4 weeks

Condition of seedling:
Full sun, more than 20C, the sprout is very delightful to bug need protection in the beginning

Scientific name:

Ipomoea lobata

Alternative names: Mina lobata, Exotic love vine

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