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Climbers on drain pipes??

I'm considering putting my winter flowering jasmine to climb up my drain pipe but I am questioning if there is a reason I don't see more people doing this? 🤣 any advice please. Thanks Claire 


  • Silver surferSilver surfer Posts: 4,661
    It could get so heavy as to pull the pipe work apart.
    Perthshire. SCOTLAND .
  • FireFire Posts: 18,121
    edited April 2022
    My neighbours have regular jasmine (Jasminum officinale) climbing up their metal drain pipes and it's fine because the pipes are huge, metal and sturdy. Not great for their guttering and roof tiles, though

    I thought winter flowering jasmine (Jasminum nudiflorum) was more of a shrub than a climber.

  • B3B3 Posts: 27,015
    I suppose if you constructed a mesh cage to keep your climber away from the pipe, you'd get away with it - maybe.
    Ivy leafed toadflax will shin up a drainpipe no trouble but it's unlikely to get very high.
    In London. Keen but lazy.
  • Lizzie27Lizzie27 Posts: 11,993
    I have a Nelly Moser clematis in a tall pot  trained on chicken wire mesh around a  nearby drainpipe. It only gets to about a metre high so it's still controllable.
    North East Somerset - Clay soil over limestone
  • pansyfacepansyface Posts: 22,735
    Do you ever need to paint the drain pipe?
    Apophthegm -  a big word for a small thought.
    If you live in Derbyshire, as I do.
  • Thank you all, I hadn't considered the weight but that makes sense! I think I'll train it up the apple tree instead 👍
  • WoodgreenWoodgreen Posts: 1,273
    edited April 2022
    @Csbartlett84 I use this half-round drainpipe trellis, but I only grow a group 3 clematis on it, which I cut back to 3 ft in autumn so that there's no heavy weight on it when the bad weather comes. I then cut it lower in spring and it covers the trellis for the summer. Photo taken today.

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