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I am led to believe, by my botanist father, that Polygonum baldshuanica was one of the first Latin names I ever mastered, at the age of 5. It used to smother the side of our South Norwood house.
I can well believe this, Richard, as the first word all my children learned to read was "elephant". Children seem to revel in big words. The only time I was ever left behind in class was when we visited the Edinburgh Botanic Garden in primary school. I could not resist trying to pronounce the names of the plants from labels. Does Russian vine smother bindweed, James?
A monster of a climber it seems - I'm looking for something to grow up the back of my house but have very limited soil around the edges due to paths etc, it's north facing and rather dull - would this do the trick Richard? Does anyone have any suggestions? Self clinging would be ideal really but I can put supports up if it comes to it.....any suggestions would be most welcome.....
I to had a Russian vine growing a large pot at the side of my house,When I built my extension I moved it down the garden and lent against the shed but left it sitting on the ground where it took root, That's why my shed is falling to bits it grew all over it,And in side cutting it all out made the shed very unstable.
I had a Russian Vine and I grew it in a large pot. It did survive quite happily for several years and it still grew as quickly as if it was planted in the ground. After several years though it seemed to give up a bit and just didn't grow as well, but I was new to gardening then so I don't think I gave it the love and attention it deserved. After reading about yours James I'm tempted to grow it again and I know the bees would be pleased.



I have spent the last year living at my partners house and battling with a Russian Vine, I've had to trim it about 1ft every two weeks just to keep it where we wanted! You could almost hear it growing a couple of cm per day!! Fortunately now that its got colder its stopped its phenominal growing patterns. I would not recommend this plant unlesss you need to cover a huge expanse of wall and are prepared to put in the work to keep it from straying!! This doesnt need much soil, it will grow on North facing walls......however Monster is an understatement


I have moved into a house which, instead of a wall, has blue metal roofing panels for a fence. It is about 15 feet high and 25 feet long and very metal and very blue.. in fact it looks like a shipping container has landed in my garden... However, it makes our small garden very private (we are overlooked but you would never know it) and very dogproof (we have a newfoundland who shold be named hoodini). I was wondering if this russian vine would grow up the smooth metal surface or if it would need some sort of wires or something to cling to. It would be tricky to fix anything to it as it is only about 3 mm thick. It REALLY needs covering up!!!

Alina W

Russian vine is not ideal for growing anywhere as it rapidly becomes a monster, spreading everywhere, strangling everything and invading your neighbours' gardens as well.

Virginia creeper is a much more docile plant and has the advantage of beautiful red leaves in autumn. It grows rapidly and will self-cling to a rough surface if given something to cling to initially.

i wish i had read these post before as 3 weeks ago i decided to plant 6 of these things in my garden thinking it would look nice but i think by the sounds of it ive been a ploker cause the only thing i no about gardening and trimming is chop it of at the bottom and the top falls down to and i havent got that big a garden so think they  will be in  the wheely bin soon !!!!!!! money well spent !!! I can here the wife now TOLD YOU SO!!! THAT WAS A WASTE OF MONEY!!!

6....OMG! I would strongly advise that you reconsider your planting decision while you can still get out of the house without wielding a machete.

I used to have 7 cherry trees in a row until I foolishly planted a russian vine close to them.  I now have only one as the others were smothered in just a few years and it took nearly a month to cut it all down.  I still see the odd shoot.  'orrible stuff.


@Hilarymac3 - Russian Vine is not self clinging. It is not going to solve your problem with the blue fence as it is not evergreen. An evergreen Jasmine or Ivy would be better. Russian Vine is not the monster others have said: problems arrive when people are lazy and do not care for it and prune it back in winter and spring.


Sounds ok, im trying to find somthing to put on the chain link wast highy fence its about30 meters long over looking fields and hills it would act as a wind brake and get ride of the horrible chain link i have looked at others like conifers wistirea ect but im very new at this i was given a hight raised grow box and food plants to grow and i seem to have gone mad but as a ex soldier with PTSD i cant belive how calming gardening is.


Huh, you won't find gardening calming if you plant a Russian Vine.  It will be in your nightmares as well as your garden.


When we moved here the Russian vine was in the eaves of the house and in the top of the mature ash trees at the other end of the garden!!!


NOOOOOOOOOOOO!!! Whatever you do, DO NOT plant this as you will live to regret it! We have been trying to get rid of ours for years but it keeps coming back! It is not called mile a minute for nothing! I even dug up the roots one year and under some paving slabs to get rid of it but it just comes back. We have cut it all back again this year but every year it just comes back...


Try as we might, I don't think we can save Digger45 from himself if he is determined to disappear under a mound of Russian Vine!


Once planted this near my house wall, never again, it was up the wall and over the neighbours fence in no time, clinging to a telephone wire it then bgan to make it's way onto the roof. I cut it down and dug the roots up, it went eventually, phew!!

I'm sure it can be kept in check but it's not worth the trouble...imo.


Digger, if you like beer you could plant a hop and brew your own using your own hops. The plants grow about 20 or more feet tall, they then die back in the autumn but leave behind the hops and the twining stems which are as sharp as sandpaper. Normally, you would cut these stems down in the winter to make way for new ones to grow the next year but, if you left them on, they would make a wind break for you as they would weave themselves through the chain link.

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Try as we might, I don't think we can save Digger45 from himself if he is determined to disappear under a mound of Russian Vine!

But half the neighbourhood will disappear under it too!  I understand that the planting of Russian Vine has given rise to many stories, including the mysterious disappearance of the village of Brigadoon, as well as the impenetrable greenery that covered the castle lived in by dear Sleeping Beauty - the services of a handsome prince and a sharp sword will be needed ...............