Advice on climbing plants

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Advice on climbing plants

Postby Badgerbabe » 27 Aug 2009 08:29

Can anyone help me. I am trying to find a climbing plant that doesnt mind being pot bound. I have an arch in my garden that I want a couple of climbing plant to go up the sides but have not be succesful in finding one that doesnt mind being in a pot. I have tried a couple of different types of clematis but they have alway ended up dying.
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Postby gardening_guru » 29 Aug 2009 20:01


Click on the links below, these climbers are suitable for growing in containers. Obviously the larger the pot the better and it's really important to feed regularly and never let container grown climbers dry out. Wherever possible I would use a soil based compost in the container e.g.John Innes.

Ignore the first one listed if you live in the U.K. and the temperature in the garden falls below 5C during the winter months.

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Re: Advice on climbing plants

Postby Eliga99 » 09 Jan 2012 06:20

How crafty are you??? With duck tape and a staple gun you can do anything you set your mind to. Okay seriously, I have found that big box stores (as they are referred to on here) do not offer adequate goods for us plant lovers so, having said that, I would try a nursery and see what they got. However, it has been my experience that they only have small plastic trellis' which are fine for philos and such but not for a 10 footer. So I think your going to have to make your own. Same principle I think would apply to clematis if your are familiar with that. As young plants, they need support to get going so I use chicken wire (because the young tendrils can easily afix themselves to the smaller openings), wood dowels and a staple gun. Chicken wire can easily be cut by our dainty little hands and can be shaped into any shape you like. Another suggestion is to use wooden dowels by themselves and make your own trellis with twine and thin dowels (easy to transport and lightweight if you use the thin ones.) They should be able to support the weight of hoya. Or maybe a moss stick and you could wrap the hoya around that? Whatever you use, you always have the option of putting pot on a base with wheels and that would make anything you use easy to move.
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