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Question: My HOA has ordered everyone to remove vines from the wrought iron fences. I had jasmine up and when I removed it, the iron looked better than the iron exposed to the elements. Is it ok to put jasmine vines on wrought iron, as long as the base is not water/dirt saturated?


Answer: I agree, wrought iron that is protected by vining plants will look better than wrought iron exposed to the elements. But, if you can't grow vines on the fence you may need to repaint the wrought iron every few years. Vines can hold moisture against the metal and cause it to rust so perhaps that is the concern with your HOA. Even if you don't deliberately water the vines themselves, rainy weather can make the vines wet and if the vines are thick enough it can take days for the water to evaporate. Perhaps your HOA could be convinced to allow annual vines on the fencing? Annuals grow for only a few months and then die back which would expose the wrought iron to fresh air and sunshine. There are cool season annual vines such as scarlet runner beans and sweet peas, and warm season vines such as hyacinth beans and snail vines that you could plant. Each would grow for 2-3 months and then could be replaced with another. Just a thought.

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