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celcius_kkwcelcius_kkw Posts: 717
Hi guys 

I’m planning on growing some Virginia creeper in pots with the aim of getting them to climb up the wall outside and eventually cover a large area of the wall itself. Would I need to erect a trellis for it to climb or would it climb up the wall by itself? My balcony is fairly windy at times so I wonder if their suction vines are strong enough, and if not would it be better to tie them to a trellis that is mounted to the wall so they don’t get blown off or damaged by wind? 

Warm Regards
Adrian 

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  • I want to plant a Virginia creeper up 8foot dead tree , how far from the tree should I plant it, an how menny plants should I use.
  • Hostafan1Hostafan1 Posts: 31,605
    @celcius_kkw ,I'd not grow it in a pot. Imagine all the water loss from the foliage , especially on a windy site. I'd have a rethink.
    @Mikyggeldart, if the tree is dead you can plant is as close as you can get a decent hole dug.
    Devon.
  • Thy say Montana clematis is good for climbing up a dead tree, your advice please?
  • *Astrantia**Astrantia* Posts: 227
    Or a rambling rose in the tree? I had a Virginia creeper where I used to live I bought it to cover a delapidated fence I put horizontal wires on the fence to train it along. The first year it was fine and grew well the second year it went mad!
  • Virginia creeper too vigorous for a balcony will cover the whole building in a few years also could damage fabric of building will also annoy neighbours if they have to keep pruning it why not try some other climber like a smaller variety clematis would be a lot prettier to look at and easier to keep. lots of the annual creepers are stunning to look at and do very well in pots

  • celcius_kkwcelcius_kkw Posts: 717
    Virginia creeper too vigorous for a balcony will cover the whole building in a few years also could damage fabric of building will also annoy neighbours if they have to keep pruning it why not try some other climber like a smaller variety clematis would be a lot prettier to look at and easier to keep. lots of the annual creepers are stunning to look at and do very well in pots

    I’m happy to prune it regularly to keep it in check, also, from what I gather they won’t really grow as vigorously anyway given their size is limited to the pot unlike when planted in the ground. I did look at clematis but unfortunately none of them really took my fancy. Also I do want the vines to cover most of the wall for dramatic effect. :) 
  • amancalledgeorgeamancalledgeorge South LondonPosts: 2,302
    I think the issue is @celcius_kkw some plants are not meant to be in pots... particularly the really vigorous ones. Putting a Virginia Creeper in a pot prepares you for rapid growth and early demise as the plant will grow sickly by having the wrong conditions. The conventional wisdom of right plant right place hold's true in every circumstance. You may like the aesthetic of this plant...but you can't offer it good growing conditions.
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  • celcius_kkwcelcius_kkw Posts: 717
    I think the issue is @celcius_kkw some plants are not meant to be in pots... particularly the really vigorous ones. Putting a Virginia Creeper in a pot prepares you for rapid growth and early demise as the plant will grow sickly by having the wrong conditions. The conventional wisdom of right plant right place hold's true in every circumstance. You may like the aesthetic of this plant...but you can't offer it good growing conditions.
    I get your point. Thank you. I will reconsider my plant choice. I thought perhaps I should just go back to climbing roses and get an extra large pot for it. 
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