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Wild vine as a screen or ornamental plant in the garden: How to care for the bright red maidenhair vine!

While some climbing plants embellish the summer with their impressive flowers (think of clematis), others impress with their unique foliage in the autumn months. Among the latter is undoubtedly the wild vine, also known as maidenhair vine or false vine. Quite inconspicuous in summer, it delights in autumn with its bright red foliage as well as contrasting blue fruit. Everything about the care of this popular climbing plant you will learn with us! This is how wild vine becomes an eye-catcher in the garden.

Climbing plants with decorative character

Wild vine in the garden and tub - tips for planting and care

Wild vine is a climbing plant that can decorate a wide variety of surfaces. Not only can the plant climb up walls and walls, but also on trellises, pergolas or a fence. This is a really useful feature, because it allows you to hide unsightly places such as the old shed or the barrel house, for example.

As a climbing plant, wild vine is perfectly suitable and the fact that this is a fast-growing garden plant only makes it more practical. Up to one meter per year, this racer can grow, reaching a maximum height of a whole 15 to 20 meters. This makes it a true competitor of ivy .

Red leaves in autumn on the climbing plant

Planting wild vine – when and where?

Wild vine – choosing the right time for planting

You have a relatively long period for planting, namely from spring and until early summer. However, to get a dense planting over time in a larger area, a single plant is not really enough. Allow for a young plant about every four feet.

The right location and soil conditions

How convenient it is that this plant is so low-maintenance and undemanding! And this already begins with the location. Both shade and partial shade and sun tolerate this climbing champion excellent, but with this very factor you can also influence the intensity of the red color in the fall. The more sun the plant gets, the brighter the leaves become. However, a very windy place can become somewhat problematic. Not because it is sensitive to drafts, but simply because it may not have the strength to withstand it.

In terms of soil, pretty much anything from sand to clay is suitable. Only waterlogging should be avoided at all costs, because wild vine does not like it very much. Therefore, a loose and permeable soil that is moist is optimal.

Wild vine - care tips for watering, fertilizing and pruning

Do you need to build a climbing support?

Good news is that wild grapevine does not need a climbing aid, because it has so-called adhesive discs with which it can hold on. However, that doesn’t mean you can’t still provide it with one if, for example, you want to get a free-standing privacy screen or make a patio opaque. Also, if wild grapevine is to decorate a pergola, it will serve as a climbing support instead of a wall.

However, there are also varieties that cannot hold on quite so well. Therefore, during the first time you better support them with a climbing aid, with the help of which you can also guide the tendrils.

The correct care of the maidenhair vine

Is the maidenhair vine poisonous or edible


How to water properly

You must avoid waterlogging, but the soil should not dry out too much either. Make sure the soil is moderately moist and it is best to water as soon as the top layer of soil is dry.

What is the best way to fertilize?

By and large, the plant gets what it needs from its environment. However, you can encourage growth by spreading some compost around the base as early as spring. This should be mature.

Wild vine - propagate by sowing or cuttings

Wild vine – prune it properly to promote growth

In order for wild grapevine to serve as a privacy screen, unlike some other plants, it does not need compaction pruning. It grows densely enough as it is. However, right after planting, it is advisable to prune it vigorously, as this will stimulate the plant to form many branches and tendrils at the base right away. Otherwise, only topiary is necessary, that is, if the tendrils grow in undesirable directions.

Can you propagate the virgin vine yourself?

Wild vine can be propagated by sowing, for which September, but also October are the best times. Another variant would be the cuttings.

Wild vine in the tub

Planting wild vine correctly - location, soil and climbing aid


Another great news is that you can even grow the virgin vine in a tub, if the conditions are right. Keep in mind, however, that the care here will be a bit greater:

  • The high nutrient needs must be satisfied with liquid complete fertilizer every three weeks.
  • The water requirement also increases, as the soil dries out more quickly.
  • Waterlogging must be avoided at all costs with the help of good drainage. Also, do not place the container in the saucer, but on wooden blocks or other suitable objects, so that excess water can drip off directly.
  • The container must hold at least 30 liters and is replaced with a larger one every two to three years. At the same time, also replace the soil.
  • The climbing support should be very sturdy.

Is wild vine poisonous?

Virgin vine is green in summer and red in autumn

The berries contain oxalic acid, which is considered mildly toxic . However, for children, the amount can also become dangerous, so it is important to avoid eating. The leaves are also slightly toxic.