A cultivar with an impressive red-orange flowering.
Common name : Madame Galen
Scientific name : Campsis x tagliabuana 'Madame Galen'
Family : Bignoniaceae
Category : Climbing plants
Type of plant : Perennial
This cultivar will tolerate very moderate frost if placed in a sunny and sheltered situation. Grows up to 10 m high, with 30cm long compound leaves and trumpet-shaped, red-orange flowers in groups of 6 to 12.
Sowing & planting
400 - 800
Identify my 'madame galen’
'Madame Galen' is recognizable by of flowers that are grouped into terminal panicles, in the shape of an orange-red trumpet. It also has pinnate compound leaves with oval leaflets.
Plant my 'madame galen’
Transplant your trumpet vine in the garden in the spring, which is preferable for colder regions, or in the fall. Prefer a sunny and warm situation, sheltered from icy drafts in winter that can burn buds.
Prepare a planting hole with coarse gravel or tile shards for drainage, then a mixture of potting soil and garden soil. Tilt the mound to its future support! As it likes to have cool roots, a tile or board should cover the base.
As soon as it is dries, watering will be welcome during the 3 years following planting.
Water my 'madame galen’
The first months of the plant, water regularly, and during the hot weather you can do a regular but limited watering, in the evening. In pots, monitor the substrate, and water if it is dry.
Fertilize my 'madame galen’
Renew the top of the substrate - in the spring, adding a little compost when your plant shows signs of exhaustion.
Propagate my 'madame galen’
Cutting is easy and is done in the summer, but the flowering is longer to obtain.
Propagation is also done by layering in the spring, leaving a branch crawling on the ground, then burying it 20 cm at the level of the aerial roots and keeping it down with staples.
Straighten the end of the branch and attach it to a support. In the autumn or the following spring you should be able to separate the marcotte from the original plant.
Prune my 'madame galen’
In Spring, prune your trumpet vine severely, like a vine. Keep only one or two big branches. Trim down all the branches that have bloomed the previous year, leaving only 2 or 3 buds.
After a few years, you will only have to remove the dead branches with pruning shears, aerate the center of the plant, and cut the shoots of the previous year above to 2 or 3 buds.
Trellise my 'madame galen’
It's a climber! Like ivy it clings to its support with tendrils, often very vigorously, but it needs a solid enough support.
Watch for its growth: some varieties need to be trellised because their crampons are not enough or strong enough.
Protect my 'madame galen’
Mulch your plant before the frosts, with what you have: dead leaves, dry grass clippings, straw!