How do you grow a Rangoon creeper from seed?

Answered by Jarrod Smith

Growing a Rangoon creeper from seed can be an enjoyable and rewarding experience. Here is a detailed guide on how to do it:

1. Soak the fruits or extracted kernels: Start by gathering fresh Rangoon creeper fruits or extracting the kernels from the fruits. Place them in a covered container and fill it with lukewarm water. Let the fruits or kernels soak overnight. This helps to soften the outer shell and promote germination.

2. Prepare seedling pots: While the fruits or kernels are soaking, prepare your seedling pots. Use pots with drainage holes to avoid waterlogged soil. Fill the pots with a mixture of half seed sowing mix and half sand. This combination provides a well-draining medium for the seeds to grow.

3. Plant the seeds: After soaking, carefully remove the fruits or kernels from the water. Plant one fruit or kernel in each pot, burying it about one inch deep in the soil mixture. Gently firm the soil around the seed to ensure good contact for germination.

4. Provide proper care: Place the pots in a warm and bright location, preferably near a window with indirect sunlight. Maintain a temperature range of 70-85°F (21-29°C) for optimal germination. Keep the soil consistently moist but not waterlogged. Using a spray bottle to mist the soil surface can help prevent overwatering.

5. Germination and growth: Rangoon creeper seeds usually take anywhere from 1 to 4 weeks to germinate. Be patient and keep an eye on the pots. Once the seedlings emerge, provide them with ample sunlight for healthy growth. Gradually increase their exposure to direct sunlight over time.

6. Transplanting: As the seedlings grow and develop, they will outgrow their seedling pots. When they have reached a height of 4-6 inches (10-15 cm) and have a few sets of true leaves, it’s time to transplant them into larger pots or into the garden. Choose a well-draining soil mix and ensure the new containers have good drainage.

7. Support and training: Rangoon creeper is a vine and will require support as it grows taller. Install a trellis, fence, or other sturdy structure for the plant to climb on. Gently tie the vines to the support using soft plant ties or twine. Regularly train the vines to encourage upward growth and prevent tangling.

8. Maintenance and care: Provide regular watering to keep the soil moist but not waterlogged. Fertilize the plants every 2-4 weeks during the growing season with a balanced liquid fertilizer. Prune the vines as needed to control their growth and shape. Remove any dead or damaged foliage to maintain plant health.

9. Enjoy the blooms: With proper care and attention, your Rangoon creeper plants should start blooming within 6-12 months. The flowers are fragrant and come in shades of pink, red, and white. Sit back, relax, and enjoy the beautiful blooms and the delightful fragrance of your Rangoon creeper.

Remember, each plant is unique, and success may vary. Gardening is a journey of learning and experimentation. Enjoy the process and don’t be discouraged by setbacks. Happy growing!