Overview and Description:
The vine itself is rather delicate and doesn't reach great heights, but it clings easily and makes a nice, unusual climber in a garden. Canary Creeper is related to nasturtiums, which also H ave brightly colored flowers. And, like nasturtiums, the flowers, leaves and seeds are all edible, with a lively, tangy flavor.
- Flowers: 1 to 1 1/2 inch flowers are bright yellow with slight touches of red near their centers. They have 2 "ruffled" petals over 3 smaller petals.
- Leaves: Bright green, deeply lobed, delicate leaves.
Common Names:Canary Creeper, Canary Bird Vine
Sun ExposureFull sun to partial shade.
Bloom PeriodStarts blooming in mid-summer and continues through Fall.
Even though the yellow flowers are bright, they can fade at a distance. Growing them near complementary colors like blues, purples and deep reds, will provide a background to highlight them.
Soil: Canary Creeper likes a neutral to slightly acidic soil pH between 6.1 and 7.2. It does not need a rich soil, although some organic matter will keep it growing and blooming without additional fertilizer.
Planting: Canary Creeper is usually grown from seed. As with most vines, it's hard to keep them from getting tangled with other plants, so nurseries don't tend to carry them.
The seeds of have a hard shell and benefit from scarification, before planting. The easiest method is to soak them overnight. If you're really ambitious, you can rub them gently with some sand paper and then soak them over night. Seeds should germinate within 10 days.
Plant the seeds about 1/4 inch deep. You can direct sow, after all danger of frost, or start them indoors, about 6 - 8 weeks before your last frost date. Give the young plants a regular weekly watering of at least 1 - 2 inches, while getting established. Once they take off, you can ease back on the water and they become quite drought tolerant.
If direct sown, thin seedlings to about 1 foot apart, when the are a 4 - 5 inches tall.
Plants started indoors will bloom earlier, but if you have a long growing season, they may give out in mid-summer. To hedge your bets, starting a few plants indoors and direct seeding when you transplant will give you the best of both.
Maintenance:Canary Creeper does best when the soil is a little dry and not too rich. Water only when the soil has had time to completely dry out and don't bother with any fertilizer, unless the leaves start to look yellow. Too much fertilizer will mean less flowers.
There is no need to deadhead the flowers or trim the vines. Just enjoy.