July 25, 2019

Planting Vines: What You Need to Know

These are several myths surrounding outdoor vines. However, it's important to know that these climbing plants will not damage your home's exterior, and they are not harmful to your home because of their humidity. On the contrary, a vine can extend the life of a home's exterior if it is well chosen and thought out. Here are some "what to do" and "what not to do" tips to help you get started.

What to do 

Plant in the spring or the fall

Plant just as the buds are starting to bloom or when the leaves begin to fade. Ensure that the soil is well moistened and do not skimp on the fertilizer or compost.

Choose the right plant

The climate in which you live and the facade of your home need to be taken into account. It's important to get information from your local garden centre about the options that are available.

Keep roots moist and cool

Most climbing plants like to have their roots in the shade and their heads in the sun. To create shade, surround the base of the vine with other low-growing plants or shrubs. Mulch can also help conserve moisture. To maximize the chances of success, why not use both of these solutions together?

Add a trellis

It's important to remember that with a climbing plant, the home's exterior wall is no longer easily accessible. If you think you may need to access the exterior wall in the future, install the vine on a trellis that is hung on hooks or mounted on a base so that it can be moved more easily.

Maintain your vine

It is advisable to prune your climbing plants annually. On a weekly basis, you should ensure that the soil is wet. By pruning your vine annually, you have some control over it as these perennials can sometimes become invasive.


What not to do

Do not plant toxic species

There are several vines that are toxic. If you have children or pets that go outside, it is best to avoid these species.

Do not install plants on wood

The moisture created by climbing vines can result in the rotting of wood siding. Brick or stone walls are the best options for accommodating a climbing plant. If this is not possible for you, you can always install a support or trellis at a reasonable distance from your home.

Do not plant on a damaged surface

Your facade should not have any defects, or only minor ones. Problems may arise if the exterior materials of your home, such as the mortar or bricks, are damaged. You must also be careful if removing a vine – the wall could be damaged if they are removed too quickly. Patience is therefore required.

Finally, do a test: start with an annual plant and see if you like the results. If you do, the following year you can opt for a perennial that will continue to grow year after year.

See also:

Setting up Your Balcony or Terrace
Tips for Choosing a Solarium
Outdoor Furniture: Choosing the Best Material
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