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New York, NY
Apr 22, 2018 10:32 PM CST
I'd like to get a vine that attaches and grows up my balcony wall. My wall is made of cement and it's 1 foot tall. I want the vine to grow the length of my wall (6-10 ft).

I live in Zone 7b and the balcony get's partial sun (it only gets afternoon/evening sun, starting around 1 pm currently).

Are there any vines that will grow this large in a container? English Ivy? If so, how large does the container need to be? Or should I get multiple containers?

I've attached a picture of the balcony. My balcony is the black thing.

Thank you!

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Name: Kyle
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Apr 22, 2018 11:19 PM CST
Are you wanting this to be permanent? In place year after year?
English ivy may or may not survive the winter in a pot in your area. It's possible. And to help you could probably insulate the pot during your coldest weather.
If you settle on English ivy I would choose a variegated variety. And remember with EI, 1st year it sleeps, 2nd year it creeps, 3rd year it leaps. That being said some variegated varieties can leap the 1st year.
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New York, NY
Apr 23, 2018 11:34 PM CST
Thanks for your response!

So I'm not really sure if I'm actually looking for one that attaches. Here's more info for context...

I live in an apartment building so don't have years to wait for it to grow (and also don't want to irritate the landlord too much with a vine that takes over the building).

I want the vine to grow very fast -- I want to see it grow horizontally across the balcony wall within a few months. I'd also like it to grow up a thin rope or wire (see photo -- the red line is an example of where I'd hang the string).

Do you know of a very fast growing vine to accomplish this task, keeping in mind that I'm in Zone 7b, with partial sun (afternoon and evening), and the vine will be growing in a container?

Thanks so much for your help!

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Name: Kyle
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Apr 23, 2018 11:44 PM CST
The Ivy varieties are easily controlled and some are fast-growing. You probably don't have time to find out which ones.
You keep mentioning your zone so I am assuming you want to be able to overwinter it outdoors.
Clematis might fit the bill. Some are very fast growing. Easy to control. They don't attach so you would need to provide something for them to weave through.

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Name: Yardenman
Maryland (Zone 7a)
Apr 24, 2018 1:38 AM CST
I think what you might want it variegated ivy growing up a trellis. You will want them in large pots as they can't stand 7b winters and need to be overwinterred inside under lights and trimmed back. But that is a possibility. I've done that for years.

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Name: Rj
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Apr 24, 2018 1:58 AM CST
Maybe some annual vines, scarlet runner beans, hyacinth bean
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Name: Christine
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Apr 24, 2018 6:34 AM CST
I agree with Rj, I've grown the Hyacinth bean vine, they are beautiful and fast growing,

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