Star Jasmine eating the side of my house
It doesn't look like the message I posted yesterday actually made it onto the board. Makes me sad, as I hate to have to reconstruct a post.
I have a Star Jasmine which I planted about 25 years ago at the end of my front porch. It has turned into that plant in Little Shop of Horrors, Audrey, but mine is trying to eat my house instead of people. I continually have to pull the vines out of my siding and off the porch railing/support post or they'd make a break for it across the roof.
I am trying to wait for it to quit blooming, so I can cut it back, but it shows no sign of stopping... longest blooming season I've ever seen this plant go through. Maybe it overheard me talking about what I plan to do.
At any rate, the vines weep a milky substance whenever you cut them and I want to cut it back severely, even if this might be the wrong time of year. It actually pulled the porch corner post out of the concrete this year (which will have to be repaired once the vine is out of the way). I'm going to transplant it to the chain link fence in the backyard and hope that it continues its vigorous growth habit there.
Do you have any suggestions for how to best proceed in cutting back this huge old plant for a successful outcome? I can't imagine it not losing a ton of moisture from all the weeping it will do. ~ Thanks