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Training a Vine

Get your vines growing in the right direction

Fine Gardening - Issue 131

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Vines are an essential plant in any garden. When you’re planting a new one, you may need to do a little training to give it a leg up.

First, it’s important to know that vines come in three types:

Twining or Scrambling Vines
Vines like morning glories and scarlet runner beans fall into this category. They don’t attach themselves with tendrils, but rather, they scramble along and wind themselves through and around their support system without needing much outside help.

Vines that climb by means of tendrils
Tendrils are small gripper-type stems that twist around their support system. Cucumbers and sweet peas are two vines that climb using tendrils.

Vines that climb by aerial rootlets Vines with aerial rootlets grip like Velcro® onto their support systems. When you see a vine climbing up a flat surface like a stone wall or a tree, it’s safe to bet…

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