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The Vine Thread


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4 minutes ago, Swolte said:

Great thread. Will have to take a closer look later but it looks like most are not feasible for my climate (effectively 8A). 

Quite impressed with Merremia dissecta (Alamo vine) this year. Survived the extreme droughts and cold of the past few years. It seems to really take off this year. 

What's a bit missing from the discussion here are the climbing roses. I know, I know... but hear me out! I am not some old lady! And I am not talking about the newer commercial crap roses (often odorless) that require an arsenal of chemicals to look presentable. There are some great good old 'earth kind' roses that are tough as nails. My personal favorite is 'red cascade'. Small flower but seems indestructible once established (including months of 100F with zero water). Climbers have the advantage that you can grow them beyond the reach of vicious deer as these animals cannot climb trees (yet).  

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Hahaha   " hear me out,  ...I'm not some old lady "  ....Nice.. 

Agree, the older climbing roses like Joseph's Coat / Lady Banks  are great for climbing / vining plant options.. Lady Banks is quite popular and shrugs off the heat here.  I'm sure you've heard about this monster: https://www.birdsandblooms.com/travel/gardens-and-parks/flower-garden-worlds-largest-rose-bush/

Alamo Vine is a tough bugger..  My " Little Green Beast " did die back quite a bit this past winter, but is chugging away in the heat atm.. Only thing w/ these is the insane amount of seed they produce. Not sure what i'm going to do with all of what i collected off it last year / what it's getting ready to produce this year. 

If only the other Merremia / Distimake  would produce seed as easily.. Weird too since it comes from Baja and shouldn't be dropping as many flower buds after blooming as it likes to. Might be pouting because i'm not giving it as much water as it would want.

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10 minutes ago, Silas_Sancona said:

Agree, the older climbing roses like Joseph's Coat / Lady Banks  are great for climbing / vining plant options.. Lady Banks is quite popular and shrugs off the heat here.  I'm sure you've heard about this monster: https://www.birdsandblooms.com/travel/gardens-and-parks/flower-garden-worlds-largest-rose-bush/

Woah, who'd have thought the largest rose would be found in Arizona! Did not know. Thanks for sharing! 

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54 minutes ago, tropicbreeze said:

The best climbing vines I find are the aroids: Philodendrons, Monsteras, Epipremnums, Amydrium,Raphidophora.

That's a really good point.  I was thinking of using "Burle Marx" as a kind of vine, because it works really well on the trunk of a queen.  That particular one doesn't like a ton of sun, so it probably would not become invasive and climb over the top of shrubs and trees.  So it wouldn't be great on a full sun trellis either.  But it would probably be great on a shaded arbor.  I bet Pothos would do about the same.

Any specific species that might do well into the upper 20s?  I have the generic Monstera doing great here in a sheltered area, and neighbors have a couple of similar ones climbing oaks.  One is variegated with pretty large heart shaped leaves, possibly a Gloriosum.

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I agree about aroids, but my climate is too cold to have them outside year round. I have trialed a few with some success...Jose Buono Philo, Brasil Philo, and Painted Lady Philo have done the best. But we haven;t had the cold we USED to have (20-24F) for some years. More in the range of 25F +. But still too cold for most aroids outside year round here.

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16 hours ago, Swolte said:

 

What's a bit missing from the discussion here are the climbing roses. I know, I know... but hear me out! I am not some old lady! 

Many people on this forum "like" the comments from us old ladies.

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5 hours ago, Marie Nock said:

Many people on this forum "like" the comments from us old ladies.

Funny.

I am certainly a fan of anything you post Marie.

I also cherish the special plants from you!

Thank you so much!

Cindy Adair

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On 9/21/2022 at 6:46 PM, Hillizard said:

One more vine suggestion, although the flowers look better hanging as do many jade vines: Camptosema grandiflora (Crista-de-Galo, Dwarf or Brazilian red jade vine). Mine here in the Sacramento suburbs was getting ready to flower last spring and a cold snap ruined that! Otherwise, it grows well in my 9b climate in half shade.  This picture was borrowed from an online source. And still waiting for my Pyrostegia venusta to bloom. 

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I was so impressed I went ahead and bought one online. Hope it gets as large and nice as yours. 

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On 6/12/2024 at 11:34 PM, Hennyhana said:

I was so impressed I went ahead and bought one online. Hope it gets as large and nice as yours. 

i hope you have better luck in your location than I have had, in terms of blooms. That picture is from another grower.😉

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