Climbing Ivy - Knowledgebase Question

Roseville, CA
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Question by cybernut
September 27, 1998
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 from NGA
September 27, 1998
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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