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Apr 23, 2018 2:33 AM CST
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Middlesbrough UK
I have just bought a Hydrangea Petiolaris (Climber) which is about 18 inches (0.5 m) high.

I read a long article about the Hydrangea Petiolaris and it said about planting -

The shrub's stems should be resting directly on the ground, directly against the support, or both. Now sprinkle soil amid and atop the stems; do this handful by handful, not by the shovel-full, so that soils fills in beneath and, eventually, atop these always-oddly-angling stems without snapping them. Soon, generous portions of the stems will have become steadied against the ground as well as supported by the mounded-up soil you've lovingly added.

Those portions of the stems that, thanks to you, now enjoy full contact with the soil will root into it and, in return, send up self-clinging side shoots all the more quickly. And because those shoots are arising from stems that have been held firmly in place by that same soil, they'll be able to attach all the more readily to the supporting structure—and, again, grow all the more quickly.
I have not seen anyone else suggest that this is the best way to plant a Hydrangea Petiolaris. Does this sound like a good idea, or should i just plant it vertically as you would normaly.

Als,o i would like it to grow up a North facing garage wall and the area chosen has 3 horizontal wooden batons about 0.75 inches thick spaced about 2 foot apart and covered with plastic climbing plant support (50mm mesh size). Would this be ok or should I remove the plastic support but leave the battons.

Sorry about the long question
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Apr 23, 2018 6:54 AM CST
Name: Cindy
Hobart, IN zone 5
aka CindyMzone5
Celebrating Gardening: 2015 Plant Identifier
John - I just trimmed mine yesterday. Yes, the stems will root if laying on the ground to provide more coverage. The stems seem more brittle than they look so easy to snap off. I have mine growing on a wood trellis but the snakey vines will grow through the trellis and attach themselves to the exterior wood side of the house. I do try to pull them off the house but they do leave little root hairs behind. Will have a chore to clean those walls before painting the house. I did tie up the vines to the trellis when the plant was younger. I used velcro-like planting ties. Your mesh might help keep the vines off of your garage wall better unless you want the vines to adhere to the wall.
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