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How to Train Your Flowering Vines

Do you have a flowering vine and it grows so fast you don’t know how to manage it? Here are a few tips and tricks on how to train your flowering vines where you want them.

One of the easiest ways to make the best use of small garden spaces is by growing plants on trellises; adding structure and height also increase airflow and can help minimize plant disease. Trellised plants also use less water because you just need to water the base where the roots are located.

There are many different options to choose from and ways of training your flowering vines. Here are a few tips on where to get started!

First, determine the purpose of your flowering vine.

Vines are very good for numerous things. Some of them include privacy walls, container interest or along fence lines. They provide great shields or barriers when you just want to relax in your backyard or porch.

Obelisks and arches

Next, you will want to pick a trellis or the shape you would like to train your flowering vine in.

From obelisks, stand alone frames, against a wall, arch or arbor there are many different shapes your vines can take. You can also use string to train a vine from your upper deck down to your patio! Obelisks are great in containers and are a great way to add height to your patio or landscape. We have many designs and sizes to choose from! Having a frame against a wall or the side of your house provides interest with a flowering vine growing up it. Make sure to secure it very well so it does not rub against your wall! Then, there is the classic arch or arbor! When installing these you want to get them as deep into the ground as you can to provide good support. Star Jasmine is a great climbing plant for arches or anything really. They will bloom all summer and have a lovely sweet scented white flower.

Lastly, pick a spot, plant and train!

Make sure the spot you pick takes into account the amount of sun the plant needs and it is easy to get water to. When you go to plant, mark where you want your trellis and dig a hole about 6-8 inches away from that spot. Plant the top of the rootball about 2-3” under the top of the soil. Remember to water the plant after you plant it. You can then install your trellis and make sure it is secure!

At first, your plant might not be big enough to train so you might have to wait for it to grow a little bit. Once your plant is established and there is enough growth to tie onto your trellis it is time to start training! Start with the larger stems and tie them to the closest point on the trellis with fabric ties, twist ties or plant ties. You will want to pick something with some stretch so that the plant is secure but has room to stretch and grow. Do this until all of the pieces you can secure are secured.

Throughout the summer you will want to go back and tie up more stems to keep on training the plant where you want it to go. If it is going in the wrong direction don’t be afraid to untie it and re-train the branches. You can also trim back the vines when needed.

Extra Tips!

Really secure any trellises you may use because here in Oregon we can have some strong winds. You do not want your arch, container or trellis falling into the side of your house!

Clematis grow best when you trim them back every year after they are done blooming. The blooms come from new growth, you want the growth to push from the ground up. The first year they might not be as full as you were expecting but come the second year they will become more and more full!

We have a big selection of re-blooming Clematis that offers a range of beautiful colors and blooms! Re-blooming Clematis show off their blooms all summer long! They may not get as tall as other Clematis that bloom once a year though.

Check out a few of the re-blooming Clematis we offer in our Online Shop!

’Cherokee’ Clematis                             ’Sally’ Clematis                              ’Fleuri’ Clematis

Here is more information on other uses for trellises!

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