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Supprot for Solanum glasnevin?

I had a big tree removed a few weeks ago which has left quite a gap. (The bulk of the tree had fallen a few years ago, I though ti was leaving the trunk but decided it was dangerous and best removed).

Today I found / remembered I had planted a solanum glasnevin to climb up it. Now it has started it's growth spurt and I need suggestions what will be strong enough to support it?

It is near to a fence, but I don't think that will hold it.

There are conifers nearby ( 60-90cm away each side) which I expect it will reach in time, so maybe a temporary measure until it gets there? How would it affect clipping/pruning the conifers?

There is a newly planted Amelanchier in front of it, would this work?

Would an arch or trellis be better, if so any suggestions which are strong enough? 

Thank you.




  • Hostafan1Hostafan1 Posts: 34,051

    whatever you choose, make sure it's massively strong. I used to look after a garden where one was planted against the house. I regularly had to pull shoots out from the roof space.

  • MrsGardenMrsGarden Posts: 3,951

     Hmmm, that is my worry!  the tree stump may have been the best bet!

  • MrsGardenMrsGarden Posts: 3,951
    Right that's enough! It's not gonna fight my amelanchia so it's getting moved (same problem 're supports again.) Like the your timber idea tetley, has got me thinking.
  • MrsGardenMrsGarden Posts: 3,951
    Whooo No tetley! It'll be the solanum that gets moved not my precious amelanchier!

    Garden faces south, or that spot does anyway.
  • MrsGardenMrsGarden Posts: 3,951
    Sounds lovely tetley - any photos?
  • LynLyn Posts: 21,892

    They need a strong trellis or support, this one has been in for 4 years this year, its cut back every Spring



    Gardening on the wild, windy west side of Dartmoor. 

  • MrsGardenMrsGarden Posts: 3,951

    Wow, I do love it Lyn! Do you? or has it outgrown it's welcome? I can believe its only 4 years old by the thickness of mine which I bought as a puny specimen last year from Morrisons.

    I'm thinking of moving it to grow up the apple tree.

  • MrsGardenMrsGarden Posts: 3,951


     just testing if I can use iPad to post photos...

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