Sky Flower, Bengal Clock Vine
Full Sun, Partial Shade
Grows 18 to 25 feet
All of our vines are grown right here at our nursery in north Georgia. Most plants are grown from cuttings, not seed (except where noted), and none are grafted. This assures that you will get a healthy plant that is true to name.
Each plant will be fully rooted in a true quart size pot with a label and 18" stake as pictured. When your plants arrive, you'll find them packed carefully with natural materials and individually wrapped. The stake is used to protect the plant in transit and may be removed when planting.
We grow many different varieties and types of vines and they will not all look the same when they arrive. Some varieties have small leaves and many branches at this size. Others have longer internodes and may only have a few sets of leaves and stems. We prune our plants regularly for plant health here at the nursery and to promote branching for denser habit, so occasionally some plants may be shorter than others when they arrive. This will not affect their ability to adapt to their new home in your garden.
Brushwood takes the time to prepare and ship your plants very carefully. We have successfully shipped thousands of plants all over the continental United States every year for over a decade. For terms and methods of shipment, please see the Shipping information page on the left.
Since we ship such a wide variety of plants to such diverse climates, we ask our customers to choose their delivery date. During checkout, you will select a date suitable to your needs and climate conditions. As such, you will be responsible for choosing an appropriate time to plant in your area. Help is offered at checkout for the selection of a good date for your zone but please consider your individual garden when choosing. Every garden is different. For early spring orders it is important to understand that our plants are not shipped fully dormant and most will be frost tender. Please use the delivery guide at checkout.
Planting- Careful planting will ensure the best performance and longevity of your vine. Most vines appreciate a fertile soil with even moisture and good drainage, so amendment is recommended if you have clay or sand. They will reward you with greater bloom and more vigor.Dig a hole about a foot from your supporting structure. The hole should be at least three times as wide and deep as the pot, much more if you are amending the soil. Carefully remove the plant from the pot without pulling on the stem or the stake. Place the plant in the hole so that the pot soil level matches ground level and fill in around it. Water thoroughly and add soil if settling occurs. Do not compact the soil by stepping hard on it, the water will settle it enough. Keep soil moist, but not wet by watering regularly throughout the first season of growth. Granular or liquid fertilizer may be used, but should be kept light during the first season to encourage root growth. For fall planting, avoid fertilizer unless you live in a very hot climate.
Training- Vines can be trained in a variety of ways. For a more formal look, choose a traditional trellis or arbor. Naturalistic planting can be achieved by allowing a vine to find its own way just like it would in the wild. This will often result in your vines finding an open shrub to share or they may grow onto a wall depending on their natural habit.
Pruning- Thunbergia grandiflora may not need much pruning in its first year or two. Cut only to guide the plant to the form you want it to take. Always cut just above a bud to avoid leaving a long section of dead stem, which will attract disease. In future years prune and direct stems during the winter or early spring while the leaves are off so that you can see the structure of the plant. Remember that the plant will branch at the point of the cut, so prune low for a fuller appearance or remove all but two or three stems to train long over an arch or arbor. Always remove diseased or dead stems as you see them, whatever the season.
With a good start and attention during establishment, your vine will be beautiful and long lasting additions to your garden!