How to make clematis climb

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How to make clematis climb

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Climbing plants are beautiful additions to gardens and provide color to walls as well as some privacy and protection if they bloom over windows. However, not all climbing plants easily grow up walls. Most fragrant, flowering vines need the help of trellises or other supports. Others, like Boston ivy, have adhesive pads and climb up any structure unassisted.


Step One

Provide thin, horizontal supports for vines with tendrils to grow on. Attach string to pieces of wood about 2 inches apart for the tendrils to grab onto. Pieces of wood or wire mesh work as well as long as the wood isn't more than 1/4-inch thick. Sweet peas and passion vines use tendrils to climb.


Step Two

Use any kind of horizontal, slim support for twining plants like wisteria, clematis, honeysuckle and morning glories. Poles, wire, string, thin trellises and branches work for these plants. Place them horizontally 2 inches apart where you want the plant to climb. Use a strong material for plants like wisteria that grow very heavy. Strong metal structures work better for these plants.


Step Three

Use string, wire or zip ties to secure scrambler vines to a trellis or other sturdy support. These vines do not climb naturally but will grow up a structure if they are assisted. Secure the vines every 6 to 12 inches by wrapping the wire around the trellis and vine and tying it in place. Wear a long-sleeved shirt and gloves because most scramblers have thorns. Bougainvillea and rambling roses are examples of scramblers.


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