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Common Issues With Climbing Plants & How to Solve Them

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Climbing plants are typically pretty easy to grow. They adaptive skills at climbing upwards make them hardy, quick growers which can thrive in most environments. That's not always the case, though! If you are having issues with a climbing plant on your property, we may be able to help you find a solution to help it thrive. Check out these common issues: 

1. It's not growing or it's only growing out, not up. This is probably an issue with your  climbing plant support method. Different climbing plants use different methods to climb; you'll want to match your climbing plant support to the plant's climbing method. If you have a plant that uses tendrils, you'll want to use netting, string, or other thin support structure to give the delicate tendrils a place to grab onto. If you have ivy or a sticky plant, it's likely there is just nothing nearby for it to grab onto or it doesn't like the surface. Transfer it to a wall or tree and it should take off. Determine the type of climbing plant you have an ask your local garden center what climbing plant support is best. 

2. It's not blooming. This could be due to a couple different issues. First, some climbing plants just take a while--even years--before they will bloom. Wisteria can take up to six years to bloom, but the payoff is worth the wait. Research your plant and see if they normally take a while before they'll bloom. You may even find tips online to help you "trick" your plant into blooming sooner. The other issue may too much growth. When a plant is focusing all of its energy on growth, it doesn't have energy to bloom. You can try trimming back some of the new growth and see if this triggers a bloom.

3. It's growing too much. It may seem like a good problem to have, but some climbing plants can get out of control quickly due to their rapid growth. If the plant is growing in a direction you don't want it to go (say, under your siding), make sure it has a better alternative climbing plant support nearby to cling onto. Also, don't be afraid to cut back a healthy grower. Climbing plants are pretty hardy and can grow up o several feet each year. Trimming them or removing some of the vines or growth shouldn't hurt it. 

Be sure to start all of your climbing plants with the right climbing plant support right from the beginning. Check out the C-BITE website for more plant support ideas. Giving your climbing plants the right environment can create a gorgeous landscape around your property. They'll grow and thrive and give you low-maintenance plants that you'll love to look at. If you are having some issues, don't give up on your plants yet! See if some of the simple solutions listed above can help. If not, you may want to speak to a local gardening store for other advice. Invest some time in your climbing plants and they'll reward you beautifully!