Lady Banks training

selvan777(9)November 25, 2012


I've planted these two, a white & a yellow, and would like your opinion on how to best train them so as to shade my Westward wall.

I was thinking of having her go straight up the PVC pipe to the top, then snake the main branches to the left and right spanning the entire length of the wall while letting the others hang down. I could secure them to the lower horizontal bar to keep them away from the windows and foot traffic.

They're planted 35' apart and the galvanized trellis is -

ground to lower horizontal bar = 3'

ground to higher horizontal bar = 8'

the total length spans about = 48'

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Just in case you're wondering, that drain pipe is for future access to an outdoor A/C unit (wires, tubing, etc.) that runs under my patio and to yet another flower bed by the fence. It'll be it's new home when it needs replacing, just too noisy next to the back patio as it is now.

    Bookmark   November 25, 2012 at 3:14PM
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hoovb zone 9 sunset 23

You don't train Lady Banks, you simply control her as best you can.

I speak from experience.

    Bookmark   November 25, 2012 at 3:32PM
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Oh, my main concern is the positioning of their beds, the closer one is 11' from the North end of the wall, whereas the other is just a foot away.

Should I trim the ends when closer one reaches the North end of the wall or wrap them back toward the center via the top bar?

    Bookmark   November 25, 2012 at 4:29PM
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Sara Malone Zone 9b

'Trim' is not a verb that springs to mind when considering a Rosa banksia! You will see what she does...she has a mind of her own and you will be trying to beat her into submission on a regular basis. They call her a 'house eater' around here. I have several and use them to cover ugly chain link fencing, or a large arbor over a swing. Don't worry about cutting too much - you cannot hurt it. The only question is whether you can tolerate the maintenance required. You're going to have a hard time keeping those windows from getting gobbled up. Your desire to cover the blank wall with some greenery is understandable but you may end up opting for something a bit better-behaved. See link for a photo of ONE of mine, taken when the plant had been in the ground about five years.
Good luck!

    Bookmark   November 26, 2012 at 12:19PM
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hosenemesis(SoCal Sunset 19 USDA 8b)

You can train it along your trellis, but may begin to grow faster than you can trim it. It will try to go over the roof.

I had a white one that ate my house. I cut it back to nothing every year, but it grew so fast I could not keep up with it. I finally gave up and removed it because it was prying up the shingles.

But I know why they are so beloved- look at formandfoliage's picture! Wow.

    Bookmark   November 27, 2012 at 9:37PM
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