The Q&A Archives: Climbing Ivy

Question: I have planted Ivy along a stucco wall and want it to climb up the wall. The Ivy will not go up the wall. What cheap solution do you have to make the Ivy climb?

Answer: The ivy may be reluctant to climb because sunshine makes the wall too hot. Ivy climbs by attaching little pads to a verticle surface. If it's too hot, the pads will become scorched. You can help matters along by placing a wooden trellis up, keeping it a few inches away from the surface of the stucco. This will give the ivy a more hospitable place to climb, and it will keep the ivy from damaging the wall. (Ivy can be difficult to remove once it becomes attached to a surface, and it can crack stucco over a period of time.)

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