Vines

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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Carolina Jessamine – Identification

Note the way this plant’s name is spelled: it’s not “jasmine” but “jessamine”. It’s a terrific spring-flowering vine often seen on Southern arbors. It’s also spotted along highways, where its habit makes drivers think they’re seeing a yellow-flowering tree. An...

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Vines – Privacy Barrier

Q: I want to know how to transplant and grow kudzu vine. I would like to plant it onto a barbed wire fence line to form a privacy barrier. A: In the early 1900’s my grandfather Walter Cowart actively promoted...

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Vines – Climbing Stone

Q: I am in the process of buying a rather ugly rock house and had thought I’d use creeping fig to redeem it, but I’ve seen a lot of it in Atlanta this spring that is dead from the cold....

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Ivy – Removing From a Wall

Q: Our house is clad with synthetic stucco. We removed some climbing vines but the stucco had stuff on it after we removed the vines. It is impossible to pull it off ! Do you have any idea how we...

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Grape Vine – Deer Damage

Q: A deer chewed my grape vine clean in half about two feet off the ground. Do I need to dig up vine and start over? A: The grape vine will definitely come back, either from just below the damage...

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Luffa – Should I Worry?

Q: I am writing a newsletter article about luffa vine. The fruit of the vine has lots of seeds and I want to be sure it’s not invasive. A: If you plant a luffa gourd seed in April, you’ll worry...

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Boston Ivy vs Virginia Creeper – Identification

Q: Is this Boston ivy, poison ivy, or poison Boston ivy? Or maybe a freaked out Virginia creeper? A: Well, I can eliminate two of our four choices. It’s not poison ivy or poison Boston creeper. So is it Boston...

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Trumpetvine – Will Bloom When Ready

Q: Please let me know how to get my trumpet vine to flower. A: Blooming is affected by the age of the trumpetvine, available sunshine and the orientation of the stems. Young vines are less likely to bloom because they...

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Clematis – Best Ones for Georgia

When you want the best plant, it’s great to have a local expert. Lyndy Broder is an internationally known clematis expert in Georgia. She recommends the following: C. ‘Arabella’ (integrifolia) blue-mauve, blooms April-Sept., use trailing on the ground C. ‘Betty...

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Wisteria – Scattering Seed

Q: My office parking lot is near a wooded area. One afternoon as I was leaving I hear a short “pop” and then the sound of things dropping through the tree leaves nearby. It turned out to be wisteria seed...

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Trumpet Vine – Madame Rosy

Q: We have an arbor that is eight feet tall and sixteen feet long. We want a perennial vine with bright flowers that will attract hummingbirds and that will bloom a long time. Would a Madame Rosy trumpet creeper be...

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Passionvine – Dermatitis (skin rash)

Contact dermatitis from exposure to certain plants can be serious business. We’re all familiar with the dermatitis resulting from touching poison ivy but other plants can cause a reaction as well. My son got blisters on his arm from pulling...

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Wisteria – Growing On Your Oak

Q:Will wisteria damage my forty-year-old oak tree? I planted the vine two years ago and it is really growing but a friend said I should cut it down. A: Eventually you will regret letting wisteria (or ivy) grow up your...

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Vines – Going Down Your Wall

Q: We recently bought a house with two huge brick retaining walls on either side of the pool deck. Each one is twelve feet high and fifty feet long. Is there a vine that will trail down the walls? A:...

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Vines – Wrapping Counter Clock-Wise?

Q: Every vine that I’ve noticed winds around the support counter clock-wise. Do they all do that? In the southern hemisphere, do the vines all wind clockwise? A: Vines twine because as they grow longer they also circumnutate (bend in...

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Identification – Books For Shrubs and Vines

Q: I’m looking for definitive books for identifying shrubs and vines, We have many identification books but none of them seem to have everything: color pictures, index by color, leaf shape, etc. I already have the shrub book by George...

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Vines – Replacing Kudzu

Q: I am about to dig up some sun-blocking wisteria vines because a swarm of kudzu bugs is all over my windows and door. What type of fast growing vine can I put in it’s place that won’t be attractive...

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