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Solanum crispum 'Glasnevin' + Climbing Companion

JKAPooleJKAPoole Posts: 15
Please can anyone give me some ideas for a second a climber I can add to my trellis along side a young Solanum crispum 'Glasnevin' AKA potato vine. I don't want to add the wrong thing and strangle it. Thanks.

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  • Pete.8Pete.8 Billericay, EssexPosts: 8,574
    I grew a Glasnevin many years ago  - it was so vigorous it smothered everything in its path.
    It did look lovely though
    Knowledge is knowing that a tomato is a fruit.
    Wisdom is not putting it in a fruit salad.
  • DovefromaboveDovefromabove Central Norfolk UKPosts: 77,506
    edited June 2019
    Hi and welcome @JKAPoole 😊

     How big is the trellis?  

    Id be much more concerned about the Solanum strangling any companion once it gets going ... they can be quite vigorous. 
    “I am not lost, for I know where I am. But however, where I am may be lost.” Winnie the Pooh







  • BobFlannigonBobFlannigon Posts: 619
    I think Jasmine looks quite nice with Solanum.  The base of Solanum tends to be more bare than the top so with a little trimming and tying it should do okay.
    I'd probably let the Solanum grow a bit first though and then plant something else if you still feel you need it, they're pretty good value for money on their own.
  • LynLyn DevonPosts: 19,951
    I wouldn’t try and put anything with it, here’s mine, I’ve got rid of it now, it grows this much in one year, I used to cut it almost to the ground every spring.

    Gardening on the wild, windy west side of Dartmoor. 

  • JKAPooleJKAPoole Posts: 15
    Hi and welcome @JKAPoole 😊

     How big is the trellis?  

    Id be much more concerned about the Solanum strangling any companion once it gets going ... they can be quite vigorous. 
    Currently the trellis is about 50cm wide and 3m tall. It's well supported on a brick wall at the front of the house. There is plenty of room to expand it further up the house front and across the house.
  • JKAPooleJKAPoole Posts: 15
    Lyn said:
    I wouldn’t try and put anything with it, here’s mine, I’ve got rid of it now, it grows this much in one year, I used to cut it almost to the ground every spring.

    It looks like I really need to tame it while it's young. Can you not shear it during the season?
  • JKAPooleJKAPoole Posts: 15
    Are the roots for this plant likely to do damage to walls etc?
  • Pete.8Pete.8 Billericay, EssexPosts: 8,574
    Like you I tried to control mine, but it's so vigorous.
    If you try and keep it cut back, then you get almost no flowers. That's why I got rid of mine in the end, it just kept growing.
    It was lovely for the first couple of years, then got out of hand
    Knowledge is knowing that a tomato is a fruit.
    Wisdom is not putting it in a fruit salad.
  • LynLyn DevonPosts: 19,951
    Exactly Pete, I wouldn’t grow it again. 
    Gardening on the wild, windy west side of Dartmoor. 

  • JKAPooleJKAPoole Posts: 15
    That's annoying... mine looks deceptively cute at about 50cm tall a the moment!
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