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Climbing plant for metal railing?

BA283BA283 Posts: 21

I was thinking of getting ivy to grow over this railing.  Thought of ivy because it has self adhesive qualities.

My question is whether this is a good idea given the type of railing and also because it's on a roof terrace therefore very exposed to both sun and wind?

A pic of the railing here:


  • EricaheatherEricaheather Posts: 204
    Can you attach the picture instead of the link please? 
  • BA283BA283 Posts: 21
    Sure, here it is.
  • Lizzie27Lizzie27 Posts: 11,166
    Ivy won't stick to that, it much prefers walls. You could tie it to the railings however. It's likely to be quite slow growing before it takes off.
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  • Kitty 2Kitty 2 Posts: 5,150
    For instant screening you might be better to attach a trellis panel to the railings with cable ties, then try to grow a climber along that. 
  • Papi JoPapi Jo Posts: 3,853
    That railing might get very very hot in hot weather, and not many plants might like that!
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  • josusa47josusa47 Posts: 3,530
    What are you thinking of planting it in?  A plant big enough to cover those railings will need a pretty big container.
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