Need a climbing vine for hot cinderblock wall

Oxboy555(Las Vegas)March 23, 2014

Any recommendations? Thanks!

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grant_in_arizona(USDA Z9 Scottsdale AZ)

There are lots of options, but my personal favorite is 'Tangerine Beauty' Crossvine. I've had one climbing a south facing wall in full, hot, amazing sun for years and it's done great. It has a huge flush of blooms in mid spring, and again in autumn, with sporadic flowers all summer long. Mine looks good 365 days a year and has needed no protection in winter or summer. It needs some help climbing, but does grab a bit on its own too. Here's a quick pic of mine--it gets watered twice a month in winter and once a week in summer (Scottsdale, AZ, part of the greater Phoenix metro)

I'm sure you'll get lots of other good suggestions too. Let us know what you pick and how it works out. Happy gardening! Grant

Here is a link that might be useful: Tangerine crossvine summary from Monrovia nursery

    Bookmark   March 23, 2014 at 1:56PM
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newtoucan

Passion fruit spreads fast and I had no trouble during summer but unprotected during winter, it dies back. Flowers are amazing though. I never got any fruit even though it covered a whole wall in one season.

    Bookmark   March 23, 2014 at 4:12PM
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MaryMcP Zone 8b - Phx AZ

toucan, takes a couple of years or so to get fruit, Passion vine is very cool. I like Grant's crossvine too!! Just don't plant cat claw..........grrrrrr.

    Bookmark   March 23, 2014 at 5:15PM
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Oxboy555(Las Vegas)

What's wrong with Cat Claw??

    Bookmark   March 23, 2014 at 6:40PM
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Raimeiken - z9b - Peoria, AZ

great thread! I'm planning on doing this too. At first I wanted the look of the creeping fig covered walls but they can't really take the afternoon sun.

Grant, how do you help the vine, is it on a trellis? does it grab onto the wall by itself like the creeping fig?

    Bookmark   March 23, 2014 at 10:54PM
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Oxboy555(Las Vegas)

Still waiting Mary to know what's wrong with Cat's Claw....help?

    Bookmark   March 24, 2014 at 4:59PM
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sundrop07(9b)

Cat's Claw is a great vine if you want it to cover everything it touches and can damage stucco on walls, will creep under shingles on roofs and is very hard to remove as it grows and spreads from underground tubers.

    Bookmark   March 25, 2014 at 1:31PM
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grant_in_arizona(USDA Z9 Scottsdale AZ)

Raimeken, I help my vine climb with those little glue-on tabs that each have a wire loop (pic of just one of many brands attached). You glue them to the wall and then use twist ties or string to help it get started. It DOES grab the wall a bit on its own, especially new young shoots, but helping it get started makes a big difference. Happy gardening all! Grant

    Bookmark   March 29, 2014 at 12:45PM
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pammiegee

I need help with my hardenbergia lilac vines. The new leaves are so yellow that they are almost white. They are planted in containers. I have used a balanced fertilizer with no change in leaf color. Next I treated with a small amount of Ironex and still no change. What am I doing wrong?

    Bookmark   July 16, 2014 at 1:10PM
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grant_in_arizona(USDA Z9 Scottsdale AZ)

A lot of lilac vines turn white in summer when they get more sun than they want. I would try ironex at label instructions one more time, and then just wait. Some down the street from me face northwest and in summer the new growth turns almost-white, but the plants green up again in winter and spring and still flower nicely.

How long have you had yours and how much sun are they getting?

Happy gardening!
Grant

    Bookmark   July 16, 2014 at 11:24PM
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mingtea(z9 Tucson)

I think Mascagnia is a lovely vine.

-Ming

    Bookmark   July 18, 2014 at 1:33AM
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pammiegee

Thanks, Ming. I have high hopes for it.
@Grant: Thanks for your info. Yes, the vines are in too much sun but they have been doing ok until now. I read that they don't want any phosphorous so it was the balanced fertilizer that I shouldn't have done. I'm going to take your advice and give them another small dose of Ironex and just wait. I'm new here and just got them in the late winter when they were in bloom. Thanks again.

    Bookmark   July 18, 2014 at 2:24AM
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