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Thatguy9911
Aug 17, 2017 12:21 PM CST
I recently built a very large gazebo in my backyard, and in the process of covering it with red trumpet.

They are doing great but all the foliage at the bottom has died off. Now i can see the entire bottom of 8x8 its growing on. Can i regrow this somehow? Maybe grow another at the base and just keep it short? Any ideas would be great!

Also how can i manage the ants this vine attracts? Cant use chemicals because of our dogs.
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Name: Cindy
Hobart, IN zone 5
aka CindyMzone5
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Shadegardener
Aug 17, 2017 1:57 PM CST
thatguy - you could always grow some late season annuals around the bottom for now. You could grow the annuals in pots if you'd rather not plant them in the ground. Maybe you'll have new leaves on the bottom in the spring.
Only when the last tree has died and the last river has been poisoned and the last fish has been caught will we realize that we can't eat money. Cree proverb
Name: Yardenman
Maryland (Zone 7a)
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Yardenman
Aug 17, 2017 2:04 PM CST
Shadegardener said:thatguy - you could always grow some late season annuals around the bottom for now. You could grow the annuals in pots if you'd rather not plant them in the ground. Maybe you'll have new leaves on the bottom in the spring.


I was going to say annuals in pots around the base. They can hide a multitude of errors. And it can even look smartly deliberate. You don't have to explain why they are there. ;)

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