Heavy Carolina Jessamine

kativ8January 17, 2010

I have a Carolina Jessamine which has attached itself to a small trellis. The trellis is against a large brick wall but is not fastened to the wall. I would like to attach the Jessamine itself to the wall, but I can't find any fasteners that wouldn't crack either the brick or the mortar. Any suggestions?

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rhizo_1 (North AL) zone 7

I've never, ever had any problems attaching something to the side of a brick home with masonry nails. Are you saying that you have had issues?

    Bookmark   January 20, 2010 at 2:30PM
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I haven't tried. When I asked the local hardware store what type of nails to use, they were no help. I didn't want to attempt to nail the vine to the brick without using the right nails. If I use masonry nails, do I need to drill into the brick first? Any problems with cracking the brick or mortar?

    Bookmark   January 20, 2010 at 6:27PM
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rhizo_1 (North AL) zone 7

I've never had any problems nailing masonry nails into mortar. No drilling required.

You can also use concrete screws or anchor bolts. Drilling may be needed, but use a masonry bit.

You can't use these products directly into bricks; use the mortar.

    Bookmark   January 21, 2010 at 12:57PM
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I like the dollar tree coated wire that is like the stuff you find on bread bags. It is reusable for things like tomatoes etc and much easier to take off than say planters tape or twine.

    Bookmark   June 1, 2011 at 12:30PM
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Why not make things a lot easier and use cup hooks? You should be able to twist them into the cement using your fingertips. Then, string twine, a thin wire, or some other supporting framework among the cup hooks. Then train the Carolina jessamine onto the framework. Carolina jessamine, as you know, is vigorous but rather delicate in its habit of growth.

    Bookmark   June 2, 2011 at 10:10AM
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