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Boston Ivy - growth habits to expect

Posted by bellabloom 5 SE Wisconsin (My Page) on
Sat, Apr 4, 09 at 11:06

We are thinking of planting some Boston Ivy on the back of our fence to soften it and give the backyard a more "nature" or "in the wild" feel. (Or if you talked to my oldest son it would be to turn our backyard into Wrigley Field)

I have a few questions I am hoping you all will be able to answer for me.

We live in SE Wisconsin - Zone 5, technically zone 5b, but that can be debatable at times. We would be planting it on a fence that is on our southern lot line on the north face of the fence.

*What can I expect out of Boston Ivy and its growth habits in my zone/climate?

*How much growth the first season?

*How much die back over the winter months in my zone? 1/4 of the plant? 1/2? Entire plant die back to the ground? Or is it dependent on the severity of the winter?

*I know that Boston Ivy can be a handful in the warmer zones down south - taking off like Kudzu - but will it pose that kind of problem for me?

*What kind of coverage/spread can I expect from one plant?

Thank you so much for any information, advice, and feedback.

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RE: Boston Ivy - growth habits to expect

bellabloom, I have been thinking of doing the same and would also like to have answers to the questions you asked. Maybe this will bring the question back to the top and someone might see it now!******princesspeony******

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