Please help me with cats claw ivy!

AmberOctoberMarch 29, 2014

Please help me make a decision. I have been browsing this forum reading endlessly about vines and it occurred to me that I made a mistake!
My initial aim was to cover the fence to make it more private. I bought lots of different ivy plants (mostly English ivy). I like it but it does not grow fast, besides, those parts that did take off are growing horizontally :) I am willing to wait. I know it will probably not survive the summer though. Kind of experiment on my side.
Our neighbor planted lots of cat's claw ivy in her garden and covered all garden walls with it. I was stupid to get three plants and plant it in my garden without doing a research. It was about four weeks ago.
But the more I read about it being invasive and taking over everything on the way, the scarer I get. It would not be a problem trimming it every day or so, but I have a lemon tree two feet away from it and I am afraid CC will do something to its roots. Besides, it sounds like lady banks roses would have been a better choice...
Anyway, long story short. Here is the photo of the corner of my garden with three CC plants, lemon tree and some ivy struggling in between.
Do you think I should get rid of CC? Or is it too late? Should I plant lady banks roses instead, if it possible to eliminate CC?
Thanks for your time!

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Here is another one

    Bookmark   March 29, 2014 at 1:05PM
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Two of three CC plants

    Bookmark   March 29, 2014 at 1:06PM
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hi..I've had cats claw many times and for this hot place it is
a great plant. It will climb the wall and tends to stack up or
heap up on top of the wall. It is very easy to take your pruners
and just cut it off wherever you want to.
We once had a whole wall covered with it and after many years
got tired of it and wanted to change to something else. It grows from a "tater" and when we dug up those taters they were huge.. some of them weighed six to eight pounds. course, they were there for many years and got a lot of water.
Its a nice plant and will help keep your wall cooler and you
can cut it down as you desire. It will come back and it won't hurt your little citrus tree. In this hot place we have to grow what grows well.. and cats claw does grow well.

    Bookmark   March 29, 2014 at 8:33PM
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As Jonan said your lemon tree should be fine. I recently hacked away a section of cats claw growing at my parents house that's been there for 30+ years and was relatively neglected. If left alone for years it will take over nearby plants but as long as you keep it in check it should be fine. Just be aware of tendrils that grow along the ground, if you don't cut those eventually they will take root and spread throughout the area, that's really the only trouble you could have! Enjoy the privacy and nice flowers it produces! Just don't leave it alone forever : p

    Bookmark   March 30, 2014 at 1:58AM
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MaryMcP Zone 8b - Phx AZ

Amber, I just depends on how much work you want to do to keep the vine contained. You'll notice both jonan and umedaman stress the point that you need to keep it whacked back. And once it's planted, it's pretty much there for life as those underground tubers get huge and are difficult to remove.

But - it is a hardy vine, the flowers are pretty and it's evergreen.

    Bookmark   March 30, 2014 at 8:16AM
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Thank you all so much for your support. I am glad I posted here before digging it all out.
Cannot believe that my CCs already grew about 10" higher than they were on these photos!!
The question is, do you guys think it will climb on the metal fence or stick to the brick wall only?

Yes, I indeed am committed to trimming it whenever needed. In fact, I think the HOA won't like it if I let CCs run down on the other side of the wall, so I will be cutting it back every week and I am fine with it

    Bookmark   April 4, 2014 at 4:36PM
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It will climb up and over the metal. Keep it out of the trees!

As long as it's away from the house, it's a good wall cover plant. But it does get thick, die out under the top layers, lose it's grip on the wall and fall off in a huge mess occasionally.

Thoroughly trim it back - to the ground - every few years, and yank it off the wall to get a fresh start. It grows back faster and faster.

    Bookmark   April 5, 2014 at 1:44PM
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Thank you Lazygardens for your tips. I did not know that. Will make sure to cut it back.
Meanwhile, it does not want to stick to the metal fence. It is probably too hot. I attached wood sticks to metal yesterday and guided cat claws, so we will see if that helps.

I also have a question about my english ivy. So far so good, most of these plants are doing good but they are not attaching to the wall at all, kind of just growing along it on the ground. Walls (all of them) get really hot by the end of the day and this, I guess, is the problem. Should I build wooden trellises and train ivy on them?

Also, could anyone recommend a vine that would grow good (and fast, if possible) in a pot by the wall facing west? I need to cover it. I also have 2 citrus trees planted in crates nearby, so nothing invasive would be great.

Thank you guys.

    Bookmark   April 14, 2014 at 3:40PM
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