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Name: Dinu
Mysore, India (Zone 10a)
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Mar 3, 2014 12:05 AM CST
I bought this plastic mesh last week with the intention of using customized pieces to grow vines. I intend to put it on the arch and also on my wall where a couple of thin vines are growing. I thought this might give good support to help the vine to grow up. I bought a 2-metre length and its width is one metre. I can cut it to suit the width of the arch having horizontal rungs also. Or if I use it against a wall, I would use two iron rods planting in the ground at a desired width and tie this plastic mesh up to a height of 3 ft. I'm looking for opinion if this is suitable. I hold my hand to show the size of holes in this attached picture. Also I show a vine which I am growing just for sample. The arch in the second picture is having Jaquemontia.

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Mar 3, 2014 9:03 AM CST
It will be good for the vines if it is attached firmly to the arch. The only drawback I can imagine would be at the end of the growing season when removing the dead/dry plant material from the plastic. Those small holes in the mesh could make it a tedious task.
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Mar 3, 2014 9:10 AM CST
Dinu, I think that mesh should be excellent for any vine that climbs using tendrils. I'm not sure if it would work as well for a vine that climbs by twining its whole stem, but perhaps someone with more experience will post a response.

Also, when using a plastic mesh in the garden, I would be careful not to place it close to the ground where snakes might get stuck in the holes. The front of the snake goes through the hole, then its bigger middle section gets wedged, the plastic grips it and it can't back out. Because of this problem, I have stopped using plastic mesh fencing in my garden.
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Mar 3, 2014 1:46 PM CST
I agree, a twining vine that goes around a thin pole or string might have trouble getting through the holes in your mesh, Dinu. If you checked every day, and 'helped' the tips to thread into the holes it would work, but . . . that's somewhat tedious. Clasping vines like passiflora or the Gloriosa lily would do great with that mesh.

I'm thinking in India, so close to the Equator you don't have much of a dormant season, so cleaning off the dead foliage may not be an issue, yes?

I had that same experience with the black garden snakes here, June! I had to stop using bird nettting on my fruit trees because these crazy snakes climb up the trees to ambush birds and rodents, and would get caught exactly as you describe. I managed to free two of them - a hair-raising exercise although they are not venomous, they do try to bite you - but a third died before I found him.

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Name: Dinu
Mysore, India (Zone 10a)
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Jun 4, 2014 3:16 AM CST
I have decided to put the mesh to use now. See photo in my blog linked below. Under that, I have planted 4 plants, two each of Quamoclit and another two - names of which I'm not getting right now. Small vines. In about 4-6 weeks and with lot of rain they should grow quickly up through the mesh.

Here is the blogpost:

The dormant season here is somewhat between November and March-April. Most plants slow down growing. Many shed leaves also to preserve moisture and get ready for 3-4 very warm months up to May. Dead foliage will fall off. I mostly compost them.
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Jun 4, 2014 8:42 AM CST
Dinu, your gardens are amazing! I enjoyed looking at your pics very much.
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