Firecracker vine (Manettia cordifolia) is an early-blooming perennial vine that will grow to be up to 15 feet tall if properly supported, offering a lush, tropical backdrop. The vine explodes into colour from late-winter to early summer, with dark orange blooms or red. A member of the coffee family (Rubiaceae), the firecracker vine is a South American native that’s just hardy enough to be developed in the Bay Region.
Choose an area for the firecracker vine. A south or east facing area is most useful, as this shields the frost-tender vine from north-western winds that are chilly. Firecracker vines increase in full sun in addition to partial sunlight, however if developed in shady of an area, they fail to prosper. More flowers are produced by plants grown in an area with full sunlight than those developed in partial shade.
Set your trellis up. If placing up your trellis against a fence or home wall, leave several inches of space involving the structure as well as the trellis. These added inches permit air to flow involving the home, which stops plant disease as well as the trellis. Air circulation also helps prevent mildew and mould from forming on the medial side of fence or the home.
Using your spade, dig a hole before the trellis that’s 2-3 times the dimension of the root of the vine -ball. Water the vine while it’s in the container, and after that carefully remove and place it. Fill the hole with soil that is loosened and pat down. Reach the roots and water seriously to saturate the soil. You could apply 2 to 3″ of a natural mulch, including wood shavings, to help keep moisture.