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A twist in time trains vines

By: Garden Gate staff
If you ever wanted to train a vine up a brick wall without having to drill into it to install a trellis or hooks, try this technique.

A twist in time trains vines

a twist in time trains vines

If you ever wanted to train a vine up a brick wall without having to drill into it to install a trellis or hooks, try this technique.

Use clear silicone adhesive sealant (available in small tubes at hardware stores) and plastic-coated twist-ties to secure the vine. Dab a small amount of the sealant onto the wall. Then bend the twist-tie into a “U” shape and put the center of the “U” into the blob of sealant. Let the sealant set for a day, then gently bend the vine over and fasten the twist-tie around it.

Try to use green or black twist-ties and clear sealant because they’re nearly invisible once the vine is tied up. Twist-ties attached like this will last for years, but peel off easily with a small scraper (without damaging the surface underneath) if you need to remove them.

This method works well for almost any type of vine, including those that need to be pruned hard every year. It’s easy to unfasten the twist-tie and take down the mass of cut-back stems.

Published: Sept. 4, 2007
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