Training a bower vine - Knowledgebase Question

torrance, ca
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Question by therrio
May 18, 2007
I just purchased a bower vine and I plan on planting it in the garden and training it to grow up and along the bottom edge of the roof line. I plan on training it with all purpose wire attached to the eaves of the house. When I go to plant it, do I remove the stake and attach the vines starting at the bottom end or should I leave the steak and just attach the growth that goes over the stake? Thanks...I'm a newbie :)

Answer from NGA
May 18, 2007
Your bower vine will need minimal training. Start by removing the stake and straightening out the vines. If they reach the support wire, secure the young growth up with vine staples, stretch tape, or wires fastened to the wires. If they're not yet long enough to reach the support wires, give them a few weeks, then attach them to the wires. Once the roots have become established after transplanting into your garden, you should see lots and lots of new growth. Use stretch tape to secure the vines to the wires until they get the message that they need to twine around and grow upward. Once they begin that process, you won't have to continue to train them, they'll go up the wires all on their own.

Best wishes with your bower vine.

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