Vines

Make Topiary Using Spanish Moss?

Q: I want to re-purpose some old Christmas lawn decorations as topiaries. I removed all the lights and broken motors, staked them to the ground, and stuffed them with Spanish moss, which is easy to get from my trees. What...

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English Ivy – Management and Control

Q: English ivy is taking over my back yard. It has probably been there for twenty-plus years. What’s the best way to control it? PULL IT UP Check out this great Web site about English ivy removal. The Ivy Removal...

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English Ivy and Snakes

Q: My neighbor accuses my English ivy of being a harbor for snakes. Valid? A: Jason Clark, snake expert at Southeastern Reptile Rescue  says ivy doesn’t necessarily bring snakes to your property but when they do wander through and find...

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Clematis – Allergic Skin Reaction

Q: I mowed this vine a couple of days ago and have broke out in a red itchy rash on my legs and chest. I used my string trimmer there about a month ago and had a horrible burning in...

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Clematis – Dermatitis (Skin Rash)

Q: I mowed over this vine a couple of days ago and have broken out in a red itchy rash on my legs and chest. I used a string trimmer there about a month ago and had a horrible burning...

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If Goats Eat Poison Ivy Is The Milk Safe? 

Q: If goats eat poison ivy is the milk safe to drink?  A: Goats enjoy poison ivy foliage very much. As with dogs and cats, if the goats brush against a vine you can get a rash after petting them....

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Virginia Creeper Vine – Three Leaflets?

Q: Does Virginia creeper vine always have five leaves? A: Not always! Virginia creeper USUALLY has five leaflets that form leaves along the vine but I have seen vines that sported 5, 4, and even 3 leaflets together. That’s why...

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Grape – Air Roots Hanging from Vine

Q: Why are these growing from the muscadine? First time this has happened. Plant is about 6 years old. A: They are called aerial roots. I’ve noticed them many times on the muscadine vines at Callaway Gardens. They seem to...

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Cucumber Vine – Flat Stem

Q: This lemon cucumber plant started out with its main stem round. It has now grown six feet long but the stem is rectangular and about 2″ wide. A: Wow…very nice! The phenomenon of abnormally flattened stems is called “fasciation”....

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When Do Kudzu Vines Flower?

Q: When do kudzu vines flower?  A: They are blooming right now! I saw several flowers recently when walking on the newly completed South Peachtree Creek PATH near Mason Mill Park in Decatur. The boardwalk is elevated between kudzu-covered trees...

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Passionvines – What To Do About Caterpillars

Q: I have six passionvines. What can I use to kill the spiked caterpillar that can strip the whole vine in less than a week? A: The other-side-of-the-coin nature of butterflies is that they all come from caterpillars. And caterpillars...

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Ivy – Will It Die If I Cut It Off At The Base?

Q: Everyone says that ivy will die if you cut it off at the base. But this has been done on some large trees in my yard and that darn ivy is still alive after a year! A: It may...

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Cyprus Vine or Hummingbird Plants – Two Hours of Full Sun

Q: Will cypress vine thrive in two hours of full sun per day? If not, what is a good hummingbird plant that will? A: Hummingbirds drink flower nectar and flowers that make the most nectar prefer sunlit spots. Cypress fine...

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English Ivy Ground Cover

Q: Is it okay to use English ivy as a ground cover so long as I keep it off trees and structures? A: Many will disagree with the following but I’ll say it anyway: there are situations where English is...

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Climbing Watermelon Vines

Q: I have limited space in my garden and plants with long vines like cantaloupe, watermelon and cucumbers take up too much room. Will they do okay climbing or is it best for them to spread across the ground? A:...

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Wisteria-Rescue/Saving

Q: Our older home deck needs renovation but a huge wisteria has been trained to grow through a hole in the middle of the deck and then climb a big arbor. Will I be able to rescue it? A: I...

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Saving a Scuppernong Vine

Q: I have a scuppernong vine that I got from my Grandad. I noticed when pruning that some of the vines were half black, half green, on the inside and others weren’t bright green like they should be. A: Since...

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Carolina Jessamine – No Flowers

Q: I have had a Carolina jessamine for four years. It has never bloomed. It appears healthy. A: I think you’re pruning in winter and removing flower buds. Jessamine is a rambunctious grower so cutting it in fall/winter is tempting....

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