Climbing Plants: Planting, Maintenance

Climbing plants must be selected and planted according to their development. Indeed, a climbing plant such as a Virginia creeper will cover an entire facade while a clematis will be the decorative element that will highlight a half-timbering.

Where to plant your climbing plants?
Not all climbing plants are able to cling to a support on their own. Some have to be helped, such as climbing roses (thanks to ties) while others (e.g. wisteria) cling so strongly that they deform their support! So be careful when choosing your climbing plant but also when choosing your support (wall, pergolas, arbors, pylon, portico, tree trunk…)

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When to plant your climbing plants?
Climbing plants are sold in containers, so you can plant them all year round except during frosty periods. They will only grow again if you provide them with regular watering. However, we advise you to plant them from September to April.

How to plant your climbing plants?
Open a hole next to the support on which the climbing plant will cling. The size of the hole depends on the size of the container, but it should always be larger than the container itself. Compact the bottom of the hole. Remove the plant from its container and immerse the root ball in water to rehydrate it until it no longer bubbles. If the roots form a bun, gently untangle them to facilitate rooting.

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Fill in with soil so that the top of the root ball is level with the ground – Photo credit: Colour your life

Position the rootball at a slight angle. Fill in the hole, form a trough and water. Mulch the surface of the planting hole with a 5 to 10 cm thick layer of grass clippings or straw. Mulching prevents the soil from compacting too quickly and maintains humidity by limiting evaporation.

Choice of climbing plant varieties
The range of choices for climbing plants is very wide. Deciduous or evergreen, they are sought after for their flowers (e.g. clematis), their fruiting bodies (e.g. plant mice or kiwi), their autumn colors (e.g. Virginia creeper), their perfumes (e.g. honeysuckle)… You can also choose between “woody” climbers (e.g.: bignone, wisteria, honeysuckle…) and “herbaceous” climbers (e.g.: morning glory, sweet pea, black-eyed Susan, nasturtium, coloquint) that you will sow each year in the greenhouse before transplanting them in your garden.

The choice of varieties also depends on the orientation. In the north, aristolochia, climbing hydrangea or winter jasmine will be in their place. In the south, actinidia, solanum or ipomea will be warmer. To the east, plant honeysuckle, golden hops or Virginia creeper. Finally, to the west, bignones, climbing roses or wisteria will be at the rendezvous.

Maintenance of climbing plants
Easy, reduced, it is limited to a simple cleaning and a light pruning of the branches in autumn. Some climbers, such as wisteria, require pruning every few years.

Remember these two simple rules:
1 -A spring-blooming plant prunes right after flowering. Do not prune in winter, as you risk suppressing the year’s bloom.
2 – A summer flowering plant should be pruned in winter to encourage the next flowering.

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