How to Grow a Vine

Vines are a beautiful addition to any back yard or front yard garden to be viewed from a changing window screen. However, they are not the easiest to grow as vines have a mind of their own. You need to give them plenty of space to do their thing and let them grow naturally; all the while trying to trick them into growing where you want them to. This comes down to careful maneuvers and a few sneaky secrets of the gardening trade.

Planting and Growing Vines

Vines, like all plants, need water and sunlight to grow. However, vines will also require a firm structure to climb which is what makes these plants quite unique. Before you can plant your vine you will need to ensure a sturdy support is in place such as an arbor or a trellis. You can also plant some vines, such as passion fruit directly onto a wired fence to cover up this eye sore.

In addition to a sturdy support system, vines will also need well dug soil to grow. You may wish to also mulch the area to give them even more nutrients and keep the area watered. Another option is to add straw to the soil which can reduce evaporation and keep it better protected. This is especially important if you live in a hot, dry area or if the vine is planted in the direct sunlight.

Give your vine a good watering and let it grow on its own. You will need to continue to water and mulch the area every couple of months for the first year. You can expect your vine to grow in its first year but after this you need to control it to ensure it doesn't keep growing and take over your area.

Types of Vines

It is important to have your vine growing onto an arbor or something similar to this rather than letting it cling to nearby trees, plants and even your home. This is a recipe for disaster as the vine will keep going and growing, taking over as much area as it wants. Place the trellis at least a foot away from the house and away from any nearby trees to avoid this from happening.

In general, vines will climb in three different ways. Twining vines are quite popular and include variations such as American bittersweet, honey suckle and morning glory. However, you need to train these twining vines to climb where you want them to grow. Twining vines climb with a twist which means they need something to twist onto, such as an arbor. You can also use sturdy poles which these vines will wrap around creating a natural twist.

Another type of vines is clinging vines which will stick to a solid object and cling their way up. These vines are the ones that you find sticking to your walls as they will cling to the very small crevices. Consider these vines the rock climbers of plants. These vines are most certainly hide an eye sore but you can expect them to stay put so be sure to choose a spot that you do not need to access, paint or touch up anytime soon.

The final type of vines is the ones with tendrils of vines including the passion fruit and grape vines. These delicious vine plants can grow quite high (18 feet is not uncommon). They need a slender area to grow on such as a wire fence, strings or narrow supports. How to grow a vine starts by knowing what type of vine you want to grow and what type of support it needs to flourish.

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