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24/08/2013 at 17:41

Hi, I have made a trellis for our fence hoping to get some of my new plants to attach themselves to it. My concern, although a bit late now, can a trellis be too thick? This one is made out of 50mm x 25mm roofing timbers.

The plants are...

Solanum Laxum 'Album' which I think is on steroids, gone crazy already!

Sollya Heterophylla

Clematis Montana Var. Rubens

Clematis Apple Blossom.

The 2 clematis are new so have not progressed much yet but as I said the Solanum Laxum has grown really fast.

The Sollya Heterophylla looks ok but has not grown one bit so I have put this in a pot as I don't really know what to do with it...

Oh I am very new to all this green fingered lark so forgive me if I have done anything stupid or got the name wrong.

 

Thanks

 

24/08/2013 at 18:02

Well Scott, you have got yourself a trellis and a half there. I can tell you one thing, it's not going to collapse under the weight of the plants.

The clematis montana will cover it even though the spars are a bit thick for the leaf stalks to grip. You can't keep a good montana down.

Not sure about the other plants though.

24/08/2013 at 18:12

That must mean you have seen a pic of my trellis???? I tried to upload it but the site said there was a problem, On my screen my post is showing no picture so apologies if it has uploaded several times.

Would you put some form of netting over the trellis?

24/08/2013 at 18:29

Just how big is the trellis? I mean, the montana alone could cover a garage, as one is doing in my garden.

24/08/2013 at 18:38

Solanum and sollya don't cling, you'll have to weave them in so the size won't matter. Anything a montana can do, Apple Blossom (assuming the clematis) can do as well.

You'll have to watch the sollya, not so competative.

waterbutts says a montana can cover a garage, I'd save that's underestimating it. Ditto armandii (apple blossom)

24/08/2013 at 18:42
waterbutts wrote (see)

Just how big is the trellis? I mean, the montana alone could cover a garage, as one is doing in my garden.

It is about 30 feet long and just over 1 foot high

24/08/2013 at 18:44

So is there a chance I may have planted too much for this size trellis? I haven't got the hang of being patient when it comes to gardening, I have the theory that the more you plant the better

24/08/2013 at 18:46
nutcutlet wrote (see)

Solanum and sollya don't cling, you'll have to weave them in so the size won't matter. Anything a montana can do, Apple Blossom (assuming the clematis) can do as well.

You'll have to watch the sollya, not so competative.

waterbutts says a montana can cover a garage, I'd save that's underestimating it. Ditto armandii (apple blossom)

I have taken up the Sollya as I don't really know what to do with it, It is in a small pot at the moment. I dont want it to get swamped by the other 3 plants.

24/08/2013 at 18:49

Scott, that's not a trellis, that's a trip hazard, unless it's attached to the top of the fence.

I'd say choose one of the clematis plants to do the job. Nutcutlet may have another idea.

24/08/2013 at 18:54

Sorry it is at the top of a 6ft fence. This site won't let me upload the pic

24/08/2013 at 19:16

Being clever, I'd worked out it was on the top of a fence

I think I'd have one of the clems at each end and the solanum in the middle with a view to removing something in the future when world domination looks likely. I'd nurture the sollya elsewhere. as well as not being very competitive it's not very hardy

24/08/2013 at 19:18

see what daintines says on your other thread. you have to get them up to the trellis

25/08/2013 at 11:38

Ha, You never know, some people are that stupid. Thank you for all the advice, I really appreciate it.

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