Virginia creeper (Parthenocissus quinquefolia), also known as woodbine, is a perennial flowering vine native to the U.S. Blooming from June to August, the fruit forms in September and the Virginia creeper drops the seeds to the soil from September until February. It readily reseeds itself so you will have no trouble germinating the seed. Virginia creeper can be quite invasive if not controlled by pruning. It attaches itself to whatever gets in its way and will smother other landscape plants.
Place the Virgina creeper seeds in a bowl, cover them with water and allow them to soak for 24 hours.
Place the seeds in a handful of just slightly moist sand and then into a plastic sandwich bag. Seal the bag and leave it in the refrigerator for 60 days.
Sow the seeds into the garden in the spring, after the danger of frost has passed. Plant them 3/8 inch deep in an area that receives direct sun.
Water the planting area until the top 6 inches of soil is saturated. Keep the soil moist. Once established, you can water only during periods of extended drought.
Virginia creeper sap contains oxalate crystals which some people are sensitive to. To avoid dermatitis, wear gloves when working with the plant.
Tips and warnings
- Virginia creeper sap contains oxalate crystals which some people are sensitive to. To avoid dermatitis, wear gloves when working with the plant.