Petrea vine has clusters of billowing purple flowers. The flower clusters can reach up to a foot in length and completely cover this handsome plant in spring. They bloom off and on in summer with another burst of flowers in the fall.
This vine does send out long stems and can cover up trees and grow very large in a single season. It’s manageable, but it can be trained to grow where you want. This vine needs strong support.
You can plant petrea vine by a tree and let it go to town. You can grow it as a bush and let it cover itself. It can also be grown as a small tree or trained as a gorgeous espalier. The most common use is on fences, arbors and trellises.
Another common name for petrea is “Sandpaper Vine” for its rough-textured leaves. For this reason, plant far enough away from foot traffic to keep it from giving “brushburns” to passersby.
Petrea Specs & Spacing
Petrea is a somewhat fast grower that prefers full to part sun but will also grow in partial shade. This vine does best if it’s placed in a protected area. It will usually drop some of its leaves during winter months.
If you are planting along a fence, place these plants 3 or 4 feet apart. Unless you plant to let it grow up a tree give them 4 or 5 feet. If you use it in tree form, small plants can go around the base as close as 2 or 3 feet.
You will want to amend the soil with top soil and composted cow manure when you plant. Trim for shape and size in mid-summer, when blooms are less frequent. A hard pruning may be necessary to keep it the size you want.
They prefer water on a regular basis. These vines are considered to be moderately drought-tolerant, but they do best with regular irrigation and time in between to dry out. Fertilize twice a year in spring and fall with a granular fertilizer. You can supplement feedings with bone meal and/or liquid to promote heavier bloom.
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