Newest Review: ... an old fence. Russian Vine is a fast growing climbing plant that looks lovely, admittedly, but it is SO invasive that once you have it... more
Member Name: MarianNt5
Date: 26/04/01, updated on 26/04/01 (2463 review reads)
Advantages: none,it's a menace
Disadvantages: kills everthing if it gets the chance
When I was younger I used to "help" my grandfather with his garden and I can remember him planting a climbing plant which he called mile a minute.
He loved this plant and I can still see him feeding and watering it lovingly.I used to think that if I stood still I would see it growing,it was so fast.Within a year it had completely covered his shed and was making fast inroads on the dog's run,but he still loved it.He was heartbroken when he had to move into a flat and leave it behind but,he was the only one as the new tenants chopped it down immediately.
When I first moved into my present house I needed a climber to cover a shed and fence but remembered grandad and avoided this plant.My neighbours four doors away planted one and I watched with fearful dread as by now I had a garden full of plants that I was quite fond of.
My fears were realised within three years as it had rampaged across their fence at the end of their garden and over the next two as well.Luckily I used to tend the garden next door for the elderly tenant and was able to keep chopping it back to keep it at bay.
Unhappily she moved out and the new tenants liked the idea of a ready made climber in their garden.At first they trimmed it fairly regularly but this did not last and they did not bother anymore.We kept trying to keep it at bay but,as soon as we cleared it from one plant it almost seemed to go behind our back and try too strangle another.
When we went on holiday we feared the worst and,two weeks later we returned to a scene of what seemed like carnage.It had made a two pronged attack and wrapped itself around a weeping cherry and,in the other direction it had twined itself around a large fuchsia a clematis and some smaller shrubs.Be warned this plant gets a tight grip on stems and in trying to get it off the cherry we broke two branches,it has never looked quite the same since.The clematis did not fare so well,it was so tightly bound we had
to cut it down and it never recovered.The fuchsia had to be cut about a bit,it did not like this a lot and refused to flower for two years but,now two years later seems to have recovered.
When my daughter moved into her new house three years ago she had a large shed she wanted to cover,and guess what she bought,yes a russian vine.It has covered her shed but strangely enough does not seem to grow very quickly.I wonder if this has something to do with me sneakily chopping bits off whenever I get the opportunity.I hope she never finds out.