- Position: full sun or partial shade
- Soil: any poor to moderately fertile, moist but well-drained soil
- Rate of growth: extremely fast-growing
- Flowering period: August and September
- Flower colour: white
- Other features: heart-shaped, dark green leaves; one of the quickest growing climbing plants; the flowers are followed by small, pinkish-white fruits
- Hardiness: fully hardy
In August and September this woody deciduous climber is literally smothered with panicles of tiny, funnel-shaped, pink-tinged white flowers. Ideal for covering an unsightly structure or wall in sun or partial shade, but plant with caution since it's extremely fast-growing and can end up choking everything in its path!
- Garden care: Each year in early spring cut back to fit the available space
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Q:Can this be grown in the pot. I need to cover a large area of wire fencing but the soil in that part of the garden is mainly rubble so unsuitable for planting.Asked on 14/7/2015 by KarenJ from London
These plants get very large very quickly, so they are not suitable for pots I'm afraid.Answered on 21/7/2015 by Helen from crocus
Q:how can i slow this plant downAsked on 11/8/2013 by valleyboy from Castleford Yorkshire
This is going to be tricky I'm afraid as I don't think there are any plant growth regulators available on the market any more. In spring, you can cut it back to fit the available space, but as these are incredible fast (and eventually very large) plants, if it is too big for the space, then it would be better to replace it.Answered on 12/8/2013 by Helen from Crocus
Q:Advice on plants to cover an unsightly wire fence please
Hello I need a very quick growing plant to disguise an ugly fence made up of wire pig netting and wooden posts - about 25 metres long and 1 metre high. Could 'Russian Vine' be persuaded to do the job? The complication is that we're hoping to sell our house later this year - so it needs to be quick to be effective! Open sunny site, good soil. Any ideas would be welcome. ThanksAsked on 9/3/2010 by Mike Coulson
A:Hello there, Russian vine is the fastest climber available, so if anything is going to cover your fence this will. Even this though will have its work cut out to cover it, so you will need to plant several to get good coverage this year - and the new owners will just have to take it all out next year. I hope this helps. Helen Plant DoctorAnswered on 10/3/2010 by Crocus Helpdesk
Q:Is a 'Russian Vine' self clinging?
Hi there - can you tell me if Russian Vines are self clinging or do they need a support to climb up? SusanAsked on 7/10/2009 by Susan Shakespeare
A:Hello There, Russian vines are not self-clinging, so will need something to clamber onto. I hope this helps. Helen Plant DoctorAnswered on 7/10/2009 by Crocus Helpdesk
Q:Advice please on my Russian Vine
Hi, I bought a Russian Vine from you about four months ago, however it hasn't yet flowered. What am I doing wrong? Any suggestions? Kind Regards MichaelAsked on 21/9/2009 by Mike Caulfield
A:Hello Michael, There are a number of reasons why plants don't flower including too much shade, not enough water or nutrients, or pruning at the wrong time of the year. It can also be caused by the plant putting on new root growth instead of focusing its energies on producing flowers. I am not really sure why your Russian Vine has not produced buds, but you can give it a bit of a push for next year by feeding with a high potash fertiliser. I hope this helps. Helen Plant DoctorAnswered on 22/9/2009 by Crocus Helpdesk
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