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Russian Vine....

Hi all :) I've just bought 3 climbers in a rash purchase - oops! one of which is Russian Vine. I've got home and googled them and now panicking as so many sites saying not to plant this particular climber...have any of my fellow gardeners had experience with the russian vine and can advise? I've approx 36 ft of panel fencing to screen and any honeysuckle/jasmines have failed in the past to cover more than a few feet :/ tia :)


  • nutcutletnutcutlet Posts: 27,360

    I don't like it. It's a boring thing. Fine if you just want something covered and don't care what it looks like

    In the sticks near Peterborough
  • chris 172chris 172 Posts: 403


    i wouldn't touch Russian vine as it's an invasive vine which can grow at least ten feet a year.

    i had one many years ago and could not keep on top of the growth, until I eventually took chain saw and got rid

    they are grow over everything and unless you want to conceal a boundary wall 200 hundred yards long forget it.

    try a clematis Montana Rubin's which comes in pink or cream which climb and trail but can be controlled

    happy gardening

  • sanjy67sanjy67 Posts: 1,007

    i've got one which grows in from next door over my wall, i love the flowers in summer and its always full of sparrows and blue tits but i can keep control of it from my side but i don't think i would grow one on my own property as i'm always cutting it back to stop it touching base in my garden. 

  • DovefromaboveDovefromabove Posts: 86,985

    Absolutely fine if you have at least three acres - otherwise keep it out of your garden. There's one in the neighbouring garden which every year attempts to smother our large mature ash tree and we have to attack it with considerable vigour. 

    Gardening in Central Norfolk on improved gritty moraine over chalk ... free-draining.

  • B3B3 Posts: 27,017

    Don't do itimage

    In London. Keen but lazy.
  • Thank you for all your advice :) I've decided not to go ahead...but how to dispose? Thinking of burning it?..I was going to take back to the store and have a bit of a grumble tbh about selling such an invasive plant.... part of the Japanese Knotweed family I read!!! :/ How can it still be on sale? :/ 

    Last edited: 18 June 2016 07:55:41

  • Monica9Monica9 Posts: 6

    I always research plants before I buy now, although like you l have bought on impulse before. Put it down to experience and remember!

    If you haven't planted your Russian Vine yet drop it into your Green Recycling bin if you have one. If you have planted it you should be able to dig up and dispose in your bin or chop up and take to your local Recycling Centre.  Good luck.

    There are so many lovely climbers you can choose. Ask your local nursery/garden centre for advise.

  • Lol I don't do it very often Monica thankfully :) I do have the garden bin but thought vines etc., weren't allowed because of their invasive nature :/  So fed up with unsuccessful planting -  I must be doing something wrong :s ...I did pick up a Jasmine and another Honeysuckle at the same time so fingers crossed more successful. It's a work in progress as hubby decided he wanted a Koi pond so dug up my lovely beds and still to build the waterfall/rockery so I'm working around him. I'll try and post a pic later then you lovely people can maybe help me with some ideas? :) I should add I'm trying for low maintenance due to wonky bones/health so I can see the Russian Vine a big no-no anyway despite the problems it causes others :/ 

    Last edited: 18 June 2016 08:19:23

  • Hostafan1Hostafan1 Posts: 34,743

    Some nutter decided to plant one to grow into our conifer hedge ( before we moved here ) .Chris,  I'd take your 10 feet a year growth and more than double it.

    Give it away on freecycle.

  • Ladybird4Ladybird4 Posts: 37,265

    Russian Vine Nooooooooooooooooooooooo. Must retire now to darkened room with damp cloth on my head!

    Cacoethes: An irresistible urge to do something inadvisable
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