Many people love the way vines look around their home, but many people also don’t realize there are different types of vines. Different types of wines grow fruit on them such as grape vines. Vines shape with whatever they grow on, which you may know already.
When you witness vines growing around a structure, it’s due to the fact that they require support from a structure for them to climb. When support isn’t available, some vines will grow as shrubs until they have something to help them grow on. This is the beauty of vines, which means when you purchase them for your outdoor landscape, make sure they get enough support.
Early Stages of Growth for Vines
Like any other plant, vines need to some help and care to make sure they grow healthy. Every plant grows differently due to the environment they are planted in. Here are some crucial guidelines for planting and taking care of your vines:
Like we said above, vines grow in different ways. When they have support from structures, they grow along them. When they don’t have any support, some grow as shrubs until they get the support they need. Vines adapt to their environment, which is why they use the least amount of energy to grow using structures for help. They can adapt and grow very quickly in the perfect environment along arbors, homes, rocks, and other structures. With the right amount of water and food early on, they will establish themselves and grow healthy for the future.
The best time to plant vines around your home is in the late spring to early summer range. With the proper care, you’ll see healthy vines growing in the late summer. The best way to help them grow is to provide them support from an arbor, pergola, building, or any other structure.
Care for Vine Growth
Vines need support and help to make sure they’re growing healthy. This means that you’ll have to keep up on watering and feeding, so the vines can get the proper amount of nutrients to grow where you want them to grow. Caring for your vines means you have to make sure they get enough support as well as pruning, so you don’t have to worry about overgrowth. Pruning only makes them healthier.
Life Expectancy of Vines
Some vine plants have the ability to live over hundreds of years with the proper care. Some grapevines for example in California have been living since the 1800s. Now obviously, they needed some support and care over those hundreds of years, but that is always necessary at vineyards.
There are a couple of things you need to do to extend the lifespan of vines as well. With many vines, they require support like we’ve said before because they can produce heavy vines full of foliage. With support also comes pruning.
Pruning back the vines every year will ensure they don’t grow too rapidly, and they will stay healthy for many years to come. This applies to grapevines, which is why many famous vineyards all over the world have been sustainable for those hundreds of years. With the support and pruning techniques by their caregivers, we get to enjoy the amazing wine that is made from those grapes. You also have to make sure to be patient with vines, especially grapes. Sometimes you won’t see grapes in the first season, but once they start to adjust to your structure and support after a year, the grapes will be flowing off the vines.
Interesting Facts About Vines
American Bittersweet (Celastrus Scandens)
The American Bittersweet vine is native to most of the eastern North America landscape with its beautiful berries that catch the eye right away unlike the simple flowers that bloom off of this vine. The flowers bloom by the spring, but when the late summer and fall hit, they fade opening up the capsules to display the bright red berries inside. This vine will light up your yard even in the winter because the berries stay bright through the winter landscape.
Trumpet Vine (Campsis Radicans)
The beauty of the Trumpet Vine is that it will attract creatures such as hummingbirds. This is a dense and fast-growing plant that grows about 40-feet tall and can grow in a variety of environments and soils. It is seen in forests, roadsides, telephone poles, and almost any atmosphere. It truly adapts to its surroundings!
Virginia Creeper (Parthenocissus Quinquefolia)
This woody vine in the grape family is often seen growing as covering vine on walls, fences, and the trunks of large trees. The Virginia Creeper sometimes is mistaken to be poison ivy, which it is not. In the fall, the colors range from yellow to a reddish-purple hue. Many birds are attracted to the dark purple berry that this vine produces.
Wild Grape (Vitis Riparia)
The Wild Grape vine is truly special because it has no upright trunk. It can really climb along supports it clings to. Although it is referred to as the riverbank vine, it can dwell in locations other than riverbanks. They mostly grow thicker and higher than most vines, which means they will do well with support systems such as arbors or pergolas because they will coil themselves around the structure.