Plant Care Trumpet Creeper

Trumpet Creeper

About Trumpet Creeper

Trumpet vine is a dense, vigorous, multi-stemmed, deciduous, woody vine in the Bignoniacea (begonia) family. It is native to the southeastern United States but has naturalized in many northern states. It's best planted in lean-to-average soils with regular moisture in full sun to partial shade. It blooms on new growth, so early spring pruning will not affect the flowering.


Campsis radicans

Also known as

Trumpet vine, Cow itch vine and Hummingbird vine

How to care for Trumpet Creeper

💦 Water

How often to water your Trumpet Creeper

Water needs for Trumpet Creeper
0.5 cups
every 9

Trumpet Creeper needs 0.5 cups of water every 9 when it doesn’t get direct sunlight and is potted in a 5" pot.

Use our water calculator to personalize watering recommendations to your environment or download Greg for more advanced recommendations for all of your plants.

Calculate water needs of Trumpet Creeper

Water 0.5 cups every

Does your plant get direct sunlight?

Select the pot size

☀️ Light

Finding light for Trumpet Creeper in your home

Light needs and placement for plant Trumpet Creeper: 1ft from a window
1ft or less from
a window

Trumpet Creeper love being close to bright, sunny windows 😎.

Place it less than 1ft from a south-facing window to maximize the potential for growth.

Trumpet Creeper does not tolerate low-light 🚫.

Select your region to see how the current weather in your area affects the placement of Trumpet Creeper in your home 🏡.

🪴 Nutrients

How to fertilize Trumpet Creeper

Nutrient, fertilizer, and repotting needs for Trumpet Creeper: repot after 2X growth

Most potting soils come with ample nutrients which plants use to produce new growth.

By the time your plant has depleted the nutrients in its soil it’s likely grown enough to need a larger pot anyway.

To replenish this plant's nutrients, repot your Trumpet Creeper after it doubles in size or once a year—whichever comes first.

💡 FAQs
⭐ Difficulty Level

Trumpet Creeper can be challenging to care for, according to some plant parents. Check out the reviews down below to learn from their experiences!

Benefits of Growing Trumpet Creeper →

Common Trumpet Creeper Problems →

💦 Water Needs

Trumpet Creeper prefers for the soil to dry out between waterings and should be watered regularly. Use our water calculator to personalize watering recommendations to your environment or download Greg for more advanced recommendations for all of your plants.

Trumpet Creeper Water Frequency →

Trumpet Creeper Root Rot →

☀️ Sunlight Needs

Trumpet Creeper requires abundant, bright and direct light. Place it less than one foot from a window to ensure it receives enough light to survive 💪. Select your region to see how the current weather in your area affects the placement in your home 🏡.

Trumpet Creeper Light Requirements →

Trumpet Creeper Direct Sunlight Needs & Tolerance →

🐶 🐈 👶 Toxicity

Trumpet Creeper is not safe to consume. If you, a family member, or a pet has ingested any amount of plant material contact Poison Control, US (800) 222-1222, or your veterinarian. If you have children, cats, or dogs in the home, we suggest keeping this plant out of reach.

🪴 Soil

Trumpet Creeper does best in well-draining soil. A good soil will contain lots of organic matter such as coco coir as well as perlite or vermiculite to help with drainage. Adding a handful of perlite to regular store-bought potting soil should do the trick!

Best Soil Mix for Trumpet Creeper →

When and How to Successfully Repot Trumpet Creeper →

💩 Fertilizer

Trumpet Creeper is a fast growing plant and may deplete the nutrients in its soil over time. Replenish them with a gentle organic fertilizer or compost every 1-2 months depending on your location and season. Fertilize more often during the growing season and in warmer and brighter climates.

⬆️ ⬇️ Growth Pattern

Trumpet Creeper is a naturally climbing plant and can be trained to climb indoors if you provide a moss pole or trellis. The newest growth will emerge from the end of the stems.

How and When to Prune Trumpet Creeper →

🌦️ Growing Outdoors

USDA Hardiness Zone
Trumpet Creeper can be grown outdoors in USDA Hardiness Zones 4a-10b. Find your local hardiness zone here.

Trumpet Creeper Temperature Tolerance →

🌱 Propagation

🧐 Troubleshooting

When troubleshooting a sad-looking houseplant, start by checking for signs of distress in its leaves, such as yellowing, browning, or drooping, which can indicate overwatering or nutrient deficiencies.

Inspect the soil moisture; too dry or too wet soil can cause problems.

Ensure the plant is getting the right amount of light, as too much or too little can stress it.

Finally, consider environmental factors like temperature and humidity, and adjust care routines accordingly to revive your plant.

Care Summary for Trumpet Creeper

Trumpet Creeper

Trumpet Creeper

Greg recommends:


0.5 cups every 9 days


< 1ft from a window


Repot after 2x growth

Based on the 4” pot your plant is in, and that it doesn’t get direct sunlight.

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