Place seed on edge and just cover.
Seed To Bloom:
Recommended. Sow in pots 6-8 weeks before planting out. Keep at 65-75°F.
Sow in place after last frost in areas that have longer growing seasons, such as zones 9-10.
WHEN TO SET OUTSIDE
About 2 weeks after last frost, when temperatures remain above 40°F.
PLACEMENT & CULTIVATION
Cup & Saucer is an elegant plant for trellis and arbors with beautiful violet-tinged leaves and stems and unique flowers. Plant in a warm, protected southern exposure in short-season gardens, while some afternoon shade is tolerated in hot climates. Wait to plant until the night temperatures have warmed, generally 2-3 weeks after frost danger. As the plant matures, the tendrils will cling to any rough surface and climb quite tall; pinching to control size is recommended in northern gardens. The flowers start blooming mid to later summer, continue into late fall, and make beautiful cut flowers. If growing in containers, select a large container that drains well and use a rich, well-draining potting mix.
Water regularly but avoid saturating the soil.
Not particular about soil pH.
Mix in 2-4" of compost prior to planting or feed with a water-soluble or granular fertilizer every 2-4 weeks. Over-fertilization will decrease blooms.
Diseases & Pests:
If humidity levels are low, these vines are susceptible to attack from red spider mites and aphids; prevent this problem by regularly misting your plants or hosing them down.
When to Cut for Bouquets: