Forum home Plants

clematis climbing on a gutter?

iamtoiamto Posts: 111

Will a clematis climb on a gutter if you help it by putting the branches around and around as it grows, or will it just fall down? 

Will you need to have a wire or a trellis?

(trying to explain what I mean but english is not my native language)

Posts

  • LiriodendronLiriodendron Scariff, County Clare, IrelandPosts: 7,562

    I think it depends what sort of clematis you have, Iamto.  Some are self-clinging and have leaf stalks which curl around things, others need tying in.  You'd probably be better with netting of some sort.

    If your gutter is designed to take water from your house or shed, be careful - the clematis could obstruct the water flow, or even pull the gutter down, if it's a vigorous plant.

    "The one who plants trees, knowing that he will never sit in their shade, has at least started to understand the meaning of life."  Rabindranath Tagore
  • Ladybird4Ladybird4 Third rock from the sunPosts: 34,447

    Hi iamto. If English is not your native language you are doing brilliant image Can I just try and get clear in my head your 'gutter'. Do you mean the channel that runs along your roof to catch rainwater or do you mean the pipe that takes all this water down to a drain?

    Cacoethes: An irresistible urge to do something inadvisable
  • iamtoiamto Posts: 111
    Ladybird4 says:

    Hi iamto. If English is not your native language you are doing brilliant image Can I just try and get clear in my head your 'gutter'. Do you mean the channel that runs along your roof to catch rainwater or do you mean the pipe that takes all this water down to a drain?

    See original post

     Hi, and thank you? i mean the long pipe that takes the water to the ground. The clematis is called Justa. I have just planted it so i dont know if it is a good climbing sort or not? ☺

  • nutcutletnutcutlet PeterboroughPosts: 26,555

    Hi iamto. I think you'll need some wire or trellis. Clematis need something smaller than a 3 inch pipe to wrap their tendrils round.

  • Justa is not very tall, only about 4 or 5 foot high, Viticella Group though it looks nothing like a typical viticella.

  • Ladybird4Ladybird4 Third rock from the sunPosts: 34,447

    Hi iamto. I guessed you may have meant the down spout and nutcutlet's suggestion about wire or a trellis is very wise. If you use wire netting or the plastic version of it, you could wind it around the down spout for your clematis to scramble up.

    Cacoethes: An irresistible urge to do something inadvisable
Sign In or Register to comment.