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Hi, I've recently planted a virginia creeper and although it's growing, I don't think the leaves look well!  They appear fine at first but as they grow bigger, they become mottled as in pic.  Can anyone help please?  Thanks.image


  • Murray4Murray4 Posts: 5

    Hi.  We recently planted some Virginia Creeper plants hopefully to hide bad brickwork walls at our bowling club.  The plants seem to be doing well, but we have noticed brown spots on many of the leaves.  As we know little about this plant we are really stuck as to how to treat the problem.  Somebody pimagelease help!!

  • Murray4Murray4 Posts: 5

    Hi.  I'd love to see the pic to see if you have the same problem as me.  But I don't know how to view it.

  • DovefromaboveDovefromabove Posts: 86,164

    There's a problem on the site which is preventing pics being seen ... it has been reported and hopefully will be sorted before long. 

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

  • Murray4Murray4 Posts: 5

    Hi.  I planted some virginia creepers at my bowling club to cover an unsightly wall.  They seem to be growing ok, but some have brown spots on the leaves.  I will post pics when I can do so.  Can anyone advise as to the problem and treatment?  Thankimages.

  • Murray4Murray4 Posts: 5
    MissRabbit says:

    Hi, I've recently planted a virginia creeper and although it's growing, I don't think the leaves look well!  They appear fine at first but as they grow bigger, they become mottled as in pic.  Can anyone help please?  Thanks.

    imageSee original post

     I am having the same problem with plants at my bowling club.  I would appreciate anyone who can tell me what the problem is and how I can treat it.image

  • BorderlineBorderline Posts: 4,700

    Might be some fungal issue, but these plants tend to get that every now and then. Make sure leaves are collected and not left lying on top of the soil. Over damp conditions make the plant more susceptible to this. They like moist soil, but free draining. As long as the plants are cared for in their early years, the spots are unlikely going to cause major problem. 

  • FairygirlFairygirl Posts: 54,016

    My guess would be that both those plants are too near the wall and are suffering from drought, which is then weakening them as they try to grow.

    They need a lot of water to get established, and if you're in dry areas where it has been very hot recently, they'll struggle to take up enough moisture to thrive. Have you got photos of the base of the plants and the rest of their surroundings? 

    It's a place where beautiful isn't enough of a word....

    I live in west central Scotland - not where that photo is...
  • Virginia creeper group of vines are very strong plants and will grow almost anywhere where the soil is moist but well drained.

    The plant in the first photograph is far far far tooooo close to the wall, ideally it should be a minimum of 12" away but 18" would be better and carefully train it in the direction of the wall.

    We have had a couple of very long and dry spells of weather and some plants are suffering long before we are aware that they have suffered.    We have seen many a post this season a few days / weeks after either of the long dry spells about plants that were suffering during the dry weather but the symptoms weren't apparent until it was too late to do something about it.   

    The plants that seem to have suffered the most are the Acers this year and by the time the symptoms were evident it was too late to do anything about it.

    Plenty of regular water for the first 2 years even if it has rained because the soil within 2 to 3ft of a wall gets very little rain when it does rain. Once a vine has established a good root system (2 to 3 years) it will look after itself and become trouble free.

  • I would move that first plant away from the wall now and asap so that it has a second chance this year to settle itself back in before its too late

  • Murray4Murray4 Posts: 5

    Many thanks for your answers.  My plants are certainly close to the wall, but there is very little space to move them further away due to a slabbed path going round the bowling green.  I will give them as much water as I can and keep my fingers crossed that solves the problem.

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