I have just bought a clematis, jasmine, honeysuckle and a wisteria and I
am about to plant them to grow up our fence. Do I have to have a
trellis? It seems a bit expense and wonder if there is anything cheaper
that will suffice, such as a type of netting or something? I have no
experience at all of gardening and thought this might be a good place to
Thanks in anticipation
You are likely to pull down your fence depending on how well it is built.
Have a look at mature versions of the climbers that you are growing and then
picture how your fence will hold the weight when they are that big.
Consider the consequences if this is a boundary fence, what will your
neighbour think? Netting (or string) will do to train the young plants but
it will not hold the weight of mature plants.
It is good to plan these things and cost them out before you buy the plants.
Buying first and then wondering what to do with them can be a waste of
I've never grown Jasmine, but the wisteria is definitely a fence
That seems like a lot of vines.
The clematis could easily take 5 feet of horizontal area.
Honeysuckles are bigger, maybe 10 feet.
I don't know about clematis.
Honeysuckle or true jasmine might be okay on a very sturdy fence. If
the fence is open-work -- not planks or otherwise solid -- it should
provide sufficient support by itself. It is merely necessary for the
vines to twine themselves through the fence. If the fence is solid,
securely fasten a length of 2"x2" (5cmx5cm) horizontally near the top;
hang poultry mesh (chicken wire) from that, using heavy wire staples
(the kind you drive with a hammer, not from an office stapler). Train
the vines to grow on the mesh.
Wisteria requires a very well-engineered support. It will destroy your
fence. Even a trellis would likely not be sufficiently strong. I know
of wisteria vines that were planted about 11 years ago. The main growth
is now about 3" (7.6cm) in diameter, with side shoots over 1" (2.5cm) in
David E. Ross
Climate: California Mediterranean, see
we have several different types and
some are much more aggressive than others
so it really helps to know what you are
buying for these so you can provide
adequate space/trellis support. we have
one which is a late summer white bloomer
with many small flowers. it easily tops
the 8ft trellis. deer will eat it in
the winter if they get hungry enough so
that can trim it back, but it will regrow
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