The Q&A Archives: What Should The Planting Spacing Be For Virginia Creeper

Question: A chainlink fence surrounds an historical cemetery. We want to plant Virginia Creeper on the fence to hide it. How many plants per 10 foot section of fence are needed for good coverage?

Answer: Rate of growth depends upon soil conditions and available moisture. For fastest growth (and coverage of your fence), amend the soil with organic matter prior to planting, and water regularly during the first growing season. Each vine has the potential to grow 20-30' in a single season. If you pinch the tips of the stems periodically, you'll have numerous shoots which will provide quick coverage. You can plant a single plant per 10' section of fence, pinch the growing tips to encourage branching, and the plant will hide the fence in 2-3 years. (At least that's been my experience!) Best wishes with your project!

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